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Can Bournemouth make it nine unbeaten at Fulham?

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Cherries Unbeaten In Last Eight Visits To Craven Cottage

After a forgettable afternoon of football last Sunday against Nottingham Forest at Dean Court, where the game was continually stopping and starting with the referee blowing up for fouls, the game finished in a 1-1 draw. The Cherries are next on their travels which includes two away games.

First of those is a trip to London and Craven Cottage the home to Fulham since 1896, it’s the oldest football stadium in London. The game is on Saturday at 3 pm. Fulham are in 13th position in the table, one place and one point behind AFCB, with the Cottagers having played one game more. The Cherries are unbeaten in their last eight visits to Craven Cottage.

We last played Marco Silva’s side at Dean Court on Boxing Day, the game finished 3-0 in the Cherries favour and included AFCB’s first penalty for 609 days. It was Fulham’s third defeat in a row. At home and the next game after they lost at Dean Court, Fulham beat another London club, Arsenal 2-1. They drew 1-1 with Everton. Away they lost 1-0 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea and in their last game they drew 2-2 with Burnley after being two goals up.

Our last meeting at Craven Cottage was in October 2022. Dominic Solanke scored in the opening minutes, only for Issa Diop to equalise twenty minutes later. Jefferson Lerma restored the Cherries lead seven minutes later, AFCB leading 1-2 at half-time. A second-half penalty taken by Aleksandar Mitrovic after a foul by Lerma made it 2-2 and that was the final score. While reminiscing about past matches is fun, for a chance to win big, check out Fairgo Casino – they offer a wide variety of exciting games.

In all our league games away against Fulham, AFCB have W 5, D 7, L 4.
In all competitions, AFCB have W 15, D 12, L 11.

Fulham v AFC Bournemouth

Fulham Win

Fulham Win





Fulham Team News
On the injury list, leading scorer Raul Jiminez (missed the game at Dean Court through suspension). Harry Wilson, Issa Diop and Adama Traore have also been out injured. Two missing for international duty playing for Nigeria, Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi.

Fulham Player To Watch
Joao Palhinha is an important player for Fulham in midfield. Young striker Rodrigo Muniz scored his first Premier League goal against Burnley and was MOM.

AFCB Team News
Philip Billing is suspended. Ryan Christie hopefully will have recovered from a dead leg.

AFCB Player To Watch
We could probably see our new striker Enes Ünal at some point on Saturday. Interesting to see if he is teamed up with Dominic Solanke and how they could complement each other. Ryan Christie and Lewis Cook will be important in our midfield. Romain Faivre might get a start, to give someone a rest after the recent run of games.

The Referee
Darren England is in charge of this game. He took our game in the FA Cup recently against Swansea City.

Your say…

Matt Stevenson said…

I’ve looked at the last 4 league games for Fulham. These were two home games (Arsenal and Everton) and away at Chelsea and Burnley. Fulham have gained 5 points which represents an over-achievement as they had lower xGs in every game. Fulham have scored 4 goals and conceded 4 with xG estimating 5.23 goals and xGc 7.78 conceded.

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Fulham have had 4 different goal scorers with one goal each 3 players with 1 assist each.

The average positions of the starting line-ups are below. I can’t see a particular pattern.

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The following graph compares summary stats of Fulham and AFCB over the last 4 games. Fulham tend to create more chances but also concede more chances (our goals conceded are distorted by Liverpool scoring 4 and Tottenham 3 from relatively small xGs). The xGs of the two teams are similar, but Fulham have a higher xGc


Fulham has had a higher percentage of possession over the last 4 games. Fulham are very good at set pieces (a fact I hadn’t noticed) with almost half of the chances coming from these, compared with AFCB’s 26% which is nearer to most team’s value. The percentage of chances from set plays is similar between the two teams.


Kicks_On_66 added…

The pattern could be that they have players well forward regardless of the opposition (which really spans the EPL over these four games.) Maybe that presents opportunities for Senesi to hit more of those long passes to our speedy wingers.
When I watched Fulham before our previous match, they were not impressive. I mean to watch them again before Saturday to see if they seem any better, but I think this is one we could win. – To join the conversation, click here.

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