Written by billythekid
The Cherries fans have had their best weekend for a while with AFCB thrashing Brighton 0-5, the best win against Brighton home or away since 1949. This win being in the Premier League must rank higher than the 1-6 away win in 1949 which was in Division 3 South. On Saturday no goals were conceded either and the win against Brighton also takes us over the 40 point target, with 41 points.
Our next game is on Saturday at Dean Court against the team with the worst away record this season in the Premier League, Fulham (the Cottagers). Fulham have yet to win away this season, they have also conceded 44 goals on their travels. So after thrashing Brighton in front of their despairing fans, the odds are this could be another goal fest for the Cherries. As we know this is football and things don’t always go like that. With both sides without any pressure on them, it will be who steps up to the plate on the day. Let’s hope the Burnley performance can be put down to one of those days and with Steve Cook back I don’t think we should have any concerns on that account.
This season Fulham have had three different managers. First to leave was Slavisa Jokanovic who got Fulham promoted up into the Premier League via the play-offs. He was replaced by Claudio Ranieri who took Leicester City to the Premier League title for the first time in their history. But in his short time at Fulham, things didn’t work out and he was replaced by Scott Parker, a former Fulham player. Parker is at present caretaker manager, he is also Harry Arter’s brother-in-law.
Not been a good season for Fulham since their promotion. Relegated with Huddersfield, with the last relegation spot still to be decided. Since our 0-3 win at Craven Cottage back in the last game of October, Fulham had 5 points after 10 games and were in 18th position, AFCB after the same number of games were 6th with 20 points.
Fulham’s next game was at away at Huddersfield Town on the 5th November, it was Huddersfield who lit up the night, with their first win in the Premier League this season, even if it was an own goal by Fulham. The Cottagers had to travel again for the next game which was up in Merseyside at Anfield against Liverpool, the home side won 2-0 and it was Jokanovic’s last game in charge. Back at the Cottage and with Ranieri in charge for his first game against Southampton who were the visitors, there were 5 goals in the game and Fulham scored 3 of them to take all 3 points and give Ranieri a win for his first game as their manager.
The busy month of December was next for Fulham with the first game away against fellow London club and near neighbours Chelsea, Chelsea won 2-0. The next game was back home and it finished 1-1 against Leicester City. Back on the road again and Manchester was the next port of call against Manchester United, United won 4-1. Another all London game was next against West Ham at Craven Cottage, the Hammers won 0-2. Fulham then had to travel to the North East to play Newcastle United, it finished 0-0. Another draw followed with the home game against visitors Wolves, it ended 1-1. The last game of the month and year ended with a Fulham win by 1-0 against Huddersfield Town.
Into January 2019 and the first game was on New Year’s Day and in London at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal, not a good start to the year for Fulham, losing 4-1. Fulham lost the next two games, first away 2-1 at Burnley and then at home against Spurs by the same score. The last game of the month was back at Craven Cottage where they beat Brighton 4-2.
February started with a visit to Selhurst Park the home of Crystal Palace, Roy Hodgson’s side won 2-0. Back home again and Fulham lost 0-3 against Manchester United. London Stadium the home of West Ham was the next venue and Fulham were beaten 3-1. Last game of the month and Fulham were away at Southampton, it finished 2-0 to the home side and was Ranieri’s last game as Fulham manager. Ironically he started and finished as manager against Saints.
March started with Scott Parker taking over as caretaker manager at home against Chelsea another side he used to play for, Chelsea won 1-2. It wasn’t going to be a good month for Parker as his side lost all their games. Away at Leicester 3-1, at home to Liverpool 1-2 and 0-2 at home against Manchester City.
Of the two games so far in April, away against Watford, Fulham lost 4-1. In their last game at home against Everton, Scott Parker had his first win in charge, as his side won 2-0.
The last time we played Fulham at Dean Court was in the Championship winning season, with the Cherries winning 2-0. In all our league games at Dean Court against Fulham, AFCB have Won 8, Drawn 3, Lost 2. In all competitions, AFCB have Won 13, Drawn 9, Lost 10.
Six Game Form Guide in the Premier League – Starting with the latest game first:
AFCB WLLDWL – Fulham WLLLLL
Home Form Table
AFCB – 10th P17 W7 D5 L5 GF29 GA24 Pts26
Away Form Table
Fulham – 20th P17 W0 D2 L15 GF11 GA44 Pts2
AFCB Team News
After the Brighton game, it doesn’t seem there are any new reported injuries.
AFCB Player To Watch
Ryan Fraser seemed to be at the heart of everything at Brighton and if he can produce this form again on Saturday he should be able to give the Fulham defence a torrid time. Callum Wilson and Ryan have built up a good understanding.
Fulham Team News
Two players picked up injuries in their home win against Everton, Timothy Fosu-Mensah with a knee injury and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa got a knock. Two other players who have been out are Alfie Mawson because of lack of fitness and Floyd Ayite with a muscle injury, both may be available for Saturday. Others missing have been Lazar Markovic with a calf strain and Marcus Bettinelli with a knee injury.
Fulham Player To Watch
Both Aleksandar Mitrovic their leading scorer and Ryan Babel have been on form for them and Babel has scored three times in his last four Premier League games.
David Coote is the referee.
We had him in January for the 3-3 draw with Watford.
Their result at the weekend looks like a classic case of a team relaxing and playing more as they can after relegation is confirmed. Let’s hope they don’t have a repeat! – Join the conversation, click here.