Our Focus turns to Saturday’s 3pm kickoff at the Cottage against Hull City. Scott Parker’s men will look to build on the resilient draw with ten men last weekend up at Boro. Whilst mid-table Hull City have proven they are tough to tame when faced with the prospect of clashes against promotion candidates. The Tigers have had back to back wins, beating high flying Nottingham Forest with ten men followed by a home victory over Derby County. This won’t be easy by any stretch of the imagination but then again, which game in the Championship is?
Head To Head
- Fulham Wins 31 | Draws 28 | Hull Wins 35
- This will be our 94th match against Hull City. We have only played more matches against Blackpool & Nottingham Forest in our history.
- We have only beaten Hull 4 times at the Cottage since 1978.
- Both teams have scored in 5 of the last 6 meetings.
- 71% of Fulham’s victories over Hull have come at home.
- Fulham have been on both sides of a 6-0 scoreline in this fixture. Victorious at the Cottage in 1921, then humiliated in 2013.
- The latter is our worst defeat in the Premier League.
- Neither club has won a major trophy in their history.
Hull City in 2019/20
- Position: 13th
- League Form: WWLLW
- Average Possession: 45.6%
- Top Scorers: Jared Bowen (9), Kamil Grosicki (4).
- 80% of the goals they have conceded have come in the second half.
- They have kept 3 clean sheets. 2 at home, 1 away
- Currently 6th in the Championship form table,
Players in Common
Fulham: 41 appearances, 7 goals (2006-2009)
Hull City: 24 appearances, 6 goals (2009-2011)
Sone Aluko, Kevin Betsy, Jimmy Bullard, Tom Cairney, Tony Finnigan, Michael Hector, Kyle Lightbourne, Lazar Markovic, Chris Martin, Liam Rosenior, David Stockdale, Michael Turner & Tony Warner.
Score Prediction Panel
Zesh Rehman (2003-2006)
Fulham 2-0 Hull City
Darren Freeman (1996-1998)
Fulham 1-1 Hull City
Gus Uhlenbeek (1998-2000)
Fulham 2-1 Hull City
Will’s View (@TrustyFulhamFan)
Another trip to the cottage could go either way this weekend. Following a 0-0 draw at the riverside on Saturday, which could be seen as a good result considering the circumstances, the whites are hoping to get back to winning ways. Rodak’s suspension leaves Scott Parker with, realistically, only one viable candidate to start between the sticks and gives him the decision of whether to bring Knockaert back into the starting XI.
Hull come down to SW6 on the back of two consecutive wins against strong Forest and Derby sides. Jared Bowen is on top form for the Tigers, scoring 3 in the last 2 games, leaving our defence with something to certainly think about. The 2014 FA Cup finalists employed head coach Grant McCann at the start of the season who is very favourable of playing an attacking approach. This, again, leaves pressure on Scotty Parker, who has to decide whether to play a more defensive midfield than usual and how to start the game as the recent rotating in formation hasn’t exactly gone in our favour. Hull sit comfortably in thirteenth place, seven points off the relegation zone and five points off Playoff spots.
Fulham have two wins and two draws in their last four home games and we will be hoping to gain more consistency after Saturday’s game. It will be a tough battle for both teams which could be decided by the play in the midfield, and which team dominates the play. Hopefully, Fulham can get a dominant result like last time they faced Hull in the FA cup. However, if results go our way we could push up into playoff places with only a draw. But a win would rest nerves and give us a bit of security near the top of the table. The best options in midfield could be Harrison Reed, TC and Stef Jo as they can control the play the best. Stefan and Reed also provide very good defensive cover. This will be a tight game, I’m going for a 2-1 win to Fulham.