Fulham v. Chelsea

Discussion in 'Fulham FC News and Notes' started by MicahMan, Jan 14, 2021.

  1. MicahMan

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    Fulham will host "The Other Team from Fulham" in the prime slot of 12:30 EST on NBC. Yes, Fulham gets the marque match-up this week. Don't blow it!

    Fulham comes into the match as one of only three teams who haven't lost in the past five matches (the other two are from Manchester). Over the past eight matches Fulham and Chelsea are even on points (8). Since Fulham got its current defensive setup, Chelsea and Fulham have given up the same number of goals (13). So there is no reason to think that Fulham couldn't get something from this match. Chelsea is coming off their worst three game span of the season, hopefully Fulham can drag that out by one more match.

    Cairney is the only player of note that won't be available for Fulham.
     
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  2. daddude7

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    Let the betting begin. Fulham 1:0 Chelsea, says all the cash in my pocket.

    I don't think Loftus-Cheek is eligible for Chelsea, his parent club, is he? Wonder if Frank moves up to that spot behind the front 3, or maybe Onomah gets a start? Or something totally different. Will Lookman start? I sure look forward to finding out.
     
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  3. MicahMan

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    You are correct. I forgot he'll be unavailable against his parent club.

    And Parker says Lamina will be unavailable too.
     
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    Lookman to start for me.

    And our Yank is going to have his hands full with their Yank. Should be a LOT of pace Saturday.
     
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  5. nevzter

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    Given each club's recent form, I like Fulham's chances to break their seemingly neverending winless streak in London derbies. Here's to none of this silliness on Saturday -COYW:
     
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  6. SoCalJoe

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    Not sure how much more we have in the tank (3rd match in a week), but we’ve been in good form and the Scum has been shaky by their standards.
     
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  7. jumpkutz

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    Scum have had their issues this season, that’s for sure, so much so that Frankie was rumored to be on his way out a few short weeks ago. It certainly appears we have a much better chance than usual to get something out of this one, maybe even all three points. Still a question as to where our goals are gonna come from, but we’ve improved enough defensively to give ourselves a chance pretty much every time out now. The last time we looked like an imitation of a cheap sieve was November 22nd against Everton at the Cottage, and we almost came back from 3-1 down to grab a point. Personally, I’d like to see Onomah and Kebano get some playing time. We’ve been pitiful on direct free kicks this season, and I think Neeskens, who scored against QPR, is our best option for better scoring chances. The dog trackers seem to be up and down this season. I’ve seen them be very good or really bad. Let’s hope we can “help” make them look bad Saturday.
     
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    WTF Robinson?!?!? Right before half, in the Scum’s 1/3 and he commits that obvious red card..::mad::mad::mad:

    EDIT: Pretty heroic performance in spite of the 0-1 defeat. Have to be proud of the grit our lads displayed.
     
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  9. MicahMan

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    Here are the highlights:


    The team played really well, but moral victories do not equal points.

    I thought that Azpiliquetta sold Robinson's challenge. Lookman had a nearly identical rash challenge in the second half that only earned a yellow card. It was a stupid decision by Robinson, but I don't think it was as bad as it looked.

    I'm about as equally disappointed in Cavaliero as Robinson. He was set up with two great opportunities and could not convert. Outside of the red and Cavaliero's failure to finish Fulham played just like they needed to.

    The other results weren't great today with Brighton winning. That means Fulham is now four points deep in the relegation zone. West Brom closed the gap behind Fulham to just a point. This team is certainly capable of performing as a mid-table team if they can stop giving up stupid reds, fluffing PK's, or having questionable VAR decisions go against them.
     
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  10. stlouisbrad

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    Valiant effort in the 2nd half. I agree that Azpiliquetta sold the challenge. After the 3 or 4 time he rolled over I thought the referee might give yellow to punish him for the acting job, but sadly he did not.
     
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  11. jumpkutz

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    Ditto on Azpilicueta’s Oscar-worthy performance, but it was still a deserved red on Antonee. We might have gotten away with it had Areola not batted that cross right into Mounts’s path. When you play the way we do right now, the margin for any mistake is razor thin. I thought we played our best at the start of the second half. Despite being short handed, it seemed as though we somehow took advantage of that little bit of extra space better than they did and put some decent pressure on them. Speaking of fine margins...when we manage to generate a quality scoring chance, we’ve gotta make it. Cavaleiro’s point blank miss was almost criminal. He, Bobby and Lookman are just not PL quality strikers. They’re costing us vital points, and we deserved one for the effort the rest of the side put in today. The good news? We’ve got the athleticism to weather losing a man to a red card. We didn’t just park the bus and play for the nil-nil draw. And darn near pulled it off. But...we’re spinning our wheels in the mud. Unless we get a push or a tow, we’re gonna be stuck right where we are.
     
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  12. nevzter

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    All's been said about the commendable performance by our Whites today. The club needs a striker before the window closes...as if compiling more evidence was required to put forth a solid case, but nonetheless, Cavaliero provided an ample amount (again).

    Dude, the squad's compendium of missed-sitters adequately reflect the club's table position because the rest of the machinery seems to be working pretty damn well.

    COYW
     
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