Tottenham vs Fulham – Premier League preview and team news

Fulham can move out of the relegation zone and give themselves a superb chance of pulling off a great escape if they win at Tottenham in Saturday’s early kick-off. The home side’s slim chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League were all but ended as they drew at West Bromwich Albion in their previous game. It was, however, a fine comeback as they had found themselves 3-0 down inside half an hour thanks to defending which Head Coach Tim Sherwood described as horrendous. His focus will now simply be…

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Magath refuses to get carried away with survival hopes

Fulham manager Felix Magath has insisted that he is fully focused on the next match rather than getting carried away after back-to-back wins, according to Sky Sports. Consecutive wins for the Cottagers against relegation rivals Aston Villa and Norwich have given Fulham hope for survival after many considered them to be out of the Premier League picture. With four games remaining and just two points from safety, Magath has insisted that his focus is on the Tottenham match on Saturday. “Nobody can be safe if you realise the results, especially…

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Riise focused on Fulham survival

Fulham defender John Arne Riise has said that he is fully focused on helping his side survive Premier League relegation this season, according to Sky Sports. The Cottagers are currently just two points behind Norwich and Premier League safety following their recent back-to-back wins. The former Liverpool man, whose future is up for speculation at the end of the season, has stated that he will put his own issues on hold in order to focus on Fulham’s relegation battle. “Right now, I am doing everything I can to help Fulham…

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Duff announces Fulham departure

Fulham midfielder Damien Duff has announced that he will be leaving the club in the summer in search of something new, according to Sky Sports. The Former Chelsea man’s contract expires at the end of the season and has come to acknowledge that he will not be offered a new deal. The 35-year-old has sat out most of the season with a knee-injury and is now preparing himself for his time as a free agent once the season comes to a conclusion. “I’m up at the end of the season.…

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Fulham lucky to win, claims Magath

Fulham manager Felix Magath has declared that his side were lucky to defeat Norwich City in a crucial game between two sides battling for survival, writes the club’s official website. Hugo Rodallega scored the all-important goal to move Fulham up to within just two points of safety, firing into the roof of the net from close range after a free-kick had been flicked on by the head of Steve Sidwell. The Cottagers were indebted to goalkeeper David Stockdale as well as some last-ditch defending for keeping the visitors at bay.…

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Magath to keep faith in Fulham youngsters

Fulham manager Felix Magath has said he will persist with the club’s young players despite the Cottagers’ perilous Premier League position, Sky Sports has reported. Magath has fielded the likes of Cauley Woodrow, Moussa Dembele and Patrick Roberts in recent games and the Fulham youth team is through to the FA Youth Cup final. Magath told a Press conference that he has always been keen to blood youngsters and isn’t going to change his approach now. “I always take care of the youth, of young players,” Magath said. “For me…

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Richardson sure of Fulham survival

Fulham grabbed a last gasp winner at Villa Park over the weekend and midfielder Kieran Richardson believes there is every chance the club will claw their way to safety, with some mysteriously similar stats lending faith to everyone involved, reports the Daily Star Richardson scored an outstanding effort to put Fulham in front at Aston Villa – and back in 2005 pitched in with a vital goal that ultimately saw West Brom clinch survival on the last day of the season. And Hugo Rodallega, who scored the eventual winner just…

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Magath hails ‘very important’ Fulham win

Fulham manager Felix Magath has described Saturday’s 2-1 win away to Aston Villa as a ‘very important’ result which has given his side the confidence they need in their attempt to stay in the Premier League, reports the London Evening Standard. After a goalless first half in which Aston Villa’s Leandro Bacuna came the closest to scoring, Fulham did take the lead on 64 minutes, Kieran Richardson firing a blistering shot past Brad Guzan. The hosts’ equaliser came just seven minutes later as Grant Holt headed home unmarked at the…

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Fulham boss Magath denies rift with Bent

Fulham manager Felix Magath has said he has not fallen out with striker Darren Bent, Sky Sports has reported. Bent was an unused substitute during the Cottagers’ 3-1 defeat against Everton at Craven Cottage on Sunday with Magath preferring teenagers Moussa Dembele, Cauley Woodrow and Patrick Roberts. It was later claimed that Bent was unfit but the forward, on-loan from Aston Villa, denied that was the case. Bent did miss the 1-1 draw with West Brom in February after a death in the family and has featured only sporadically since.…

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Aston Villa vs Fulham – Premier League preview and team news

Fulham will be hoping to give themselves a fighting chance of staying in the Premier League by taking all three points away to Aston Villa. After their famous win over Chelsea, the two games since have been a major disappointment for Aston Villa. In both matches, against Stoke City and Manchester United, they have taken early leads before going on to lose 4-1. Fortunately for Paul Lambert and his team, they have an eight point lead over the bottom three, meaning that just one more win should be enough to…

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Mitroglou’s Fulham comeback delayed

Fulham will have to wait to have record signing Kostas Mitroglou in their fight against Premier League relegation as the striker’s return from injury has been delayed, ClubCall has reported. The Cottagers paid Olympiakos £12m for Mitroglou in January but he suffered a knee injury not long after moving to England. Mitroglou is to see a specialist in Italy but it is feared he could even miss the World Cup. Fulham manager Felix Magath had said he hoped to be able to call on Mitroglou against Aston Villa this weekend…

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Man City vs Fulham – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be looking to increase the pressure over Premier League leaders Chelsea by beating bottom club Fulham. For Manuel Pellegrini’s side, the game at Hull City was a magnificent show of character, as they recovered from the major setback of losing captain Vincent Kompany to a red card in the opening 10 minutes to take the three points. David Silva was outstanding, while their defensive organisation was also impressive, as they restricted the hosts to very few meaningful opportunities despite their man advantage. Fulham will also be greatly…

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Fulham have been complacent, claims Magath

Fulham manager Felix Magath has accused his players of being complacent over their Premier League survival chances this season, BBC Sport is reporting. The Cottagers are deep in trouble with just nine games to go, lying bottom of the table and four points from safety. They have also conceded the most goals in the Premier League, and have the worst goal difference. And ahead of his side’s meeting with eighth-placed Newcastle United in a crucial Craven Cottage fixture on Saturday, Magath – who is Fulham’s third boss this season –…

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Heitinga: Fulham need a miracle

Fulham defender John Heitinga has said that his team need a miracle if they are to survive relegation this season, according to Sky Sports. The Cottagers are currently bottom of the Premier League table and are four points from safety. The former Everton man admitted that although it will be tough to stay up this season, he believes his side can achieve the improbable. “You have to believe we can still do it. I still believe in the miracle,” said Heitinga. “There are still 27 points to fight for, and…

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All the pressure on Cardiff, insists Fulham boss Magath

Fulham manager Felix Magath has said that all the pressure will be on Cardiff City when the two sides meet in a crucial fixture in South Wales on Saturday, Sky Sports has reported. The Cottagers are currently bottom of the Premier League on 21 points, just one behind their opponents with 10 games remaining. West Bromwich Albion, the side fourth from bottom at present have 25 points ahead of their meeting with Manchester United in Saturday’s early kick-off, meaning a win appears vital for both sides. However, Magath has emphasised…

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Solskjaer prepared for relegation showdown

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preparing himself for a bottom-of-the-table scrap against Fulham on Saturday, according to Sky Sports. Fulham currently sit rock bottom of the Premier League table but Cardiff are just a point above them going into their vital clash this weekend. Solskjaer is aware that the match-up is a ‘massive’ game for his side with both sides struggling for points of late. “It’s the biggest game for us,” Solskjaer said. “Obviously, this game is massive. You just want your players to go out there, play and…

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Cardiff vs Fulham – Premier League preview and team news

Cardiff City take on Fulham in a huge game at the bottom that has the potential to determine the fate of one, if not both sides. There have been few encouraging signs for the Bluebirds during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first two months in charge. Last time out at Tottenham, they at least showed an improvement, with a battling display almost proving enough to earn a useful point, but once again they were let down by a lack of potency in front of goal. If Cardiff lose this, their situation would…

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Parker prepared for ‘biggest game of the season’

Fulham midfielder Scott Parker is preparing himself for his side’s ‘biggest game of the season’ against fellow relegation candidates Cardiff, according to Sky Sports. The Cottagers are currently bottom of the Premier League but they are just a point behind Cardiff and four points from safety going into the weekend’s match-up. Parker believes that the result is going to be the most important thing when his side travel to Wales for the vital clash on Saturday. “When you get to this point in the season and you’ve got two teams…

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West Ham end Morrison Fulham complaint

West Ham United have dropped their complaint to the Premier League over Fulham’s attempts to sign midfielder Ravel Morrison in January, report the Telegraph. The Hammers made their initial complaint on January 15th – effectively accusing their league rivals of tapping up England Under – 21 international after a bid of £4m was rejected. West Ham were upset by then Fulham Head Coach Rene Meulensteen’s public claims that the player wanted a move across London to Craven Cottage. Despite these comments the Cottagers had been confident that they had acted…

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Chelsea boss Mourinho hoping for Fulham escape

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he would like local rivals Fulham to escape relegation this season, BBC Sport has reported. The two clubs meet at Craven Cottage on Saturday with Chelsea leading the Premier League by a point, and Fulham sitting bottom and four points adrift of safety, having conceded the most goals in the top-flight, 59. Felix Magath has recently been appointed as Fulham’s new manager as they look to extend their 12-year stay in the Premier League, and on Friday, Mourinho declared that he hoped his…

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Magath: Fulham can take advantage of ‘tired’ Chelsea

Fulham manager Felix Magath hopes that his side will be facing a tired Chelsea team when the London rivals meet in the Premier League on Saturday, according to Sky Sports. Chelsea were in the Turkey on Wednesday night for a 1-1 draw against Galatasaray in the Champions League and Magath believes that their travel will have taken its toll on the side. The London derby is a vital fixture for the 60-year-old, who is hoping to inflict defeat on his fatigued opponents. “When a team has played in the Champions…

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Fulham vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Bottom plays top in the Premier League on Saturday as Chelsea make the short journey across West London to take on Fulham. This will be Felix Magath’s first home game in charge of the Cottagers, having begun his reign with a draw at fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion. Conceding a late equaliser at the Hawthorns will have been frustrating at a time when wins are essential, but there will have been many positives for the German to take, not least that Fulham looked a lot stronger in defence than they…

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Fulham will stay up, says manager Magath

Fulham manager Felix Magath has said he thinks his side will be able to avoid Premier League relegation this season, according to Sky Sports. The German replaced Rene Meulensteen last week as and now has the job of lifting the London club out of the relegation zone with 12 games remaining. The Cottagers are four points off of 17th place and safety going into Saturday’s game against West Brom but Magath is feeling positive about the remainder of the season. “In the next months, we will have a lot of…

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Magath hits out at Fulham processor Meulensteen

Fulham manager Felix Magath has criticised his predecessor Rene Meulensteen, the Daily Mail has reported, hitting out at the state of the club after the Dutchman’s brief tenure. Meulensteen left Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of last season and after a short spell with Anzhi Makhachkala, was appointed as a coach under Martin Jol in the autumn. Jol was sacked in December and Meulensteen assumed his duties, only to be relieved of them on February 14. Meulensteen initially remained at the club, as did his…

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Fulham confirm Meulensteen departure

Fulham have confirmed that they have parted company with Head Coach Rene Meulensteen and several of the club’s other existing backroom staff, ESPN has reported. Meulensteen, who was in charge of first-team affairs for 17 matches before Felix Magath was brought in to take over on Friday, leaves along with Alan Curbishley and Ray Wilkins, who were only at the club for a matter of months, as well as Mick Priest and Jonathan Hill. The exodus has allowed former Bayern Munich and Wolfburg boss Magath to recruit some of his…

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