Match Preview: Swansea City


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Our Focus turns to tonight’s trip to South Wales to take on Swansea City in the SkyBet Championship. Both sides currently sit in the playoff places, separated by just 2 points. It’s three games without a win for Steve Cooper’s side, whilst in contrast, it’s three wins on the trot for Scotty’s Black and White army. Let’s make it four Fulham! 

Head To Head

  • Fulham Wins 31 | Draws 10 | Swansea Wins 24.
  • Fulham have scored at least 7 goals against Swansea on 3 occasions. 8-1 in 1938, 7-3 in 1956 and 7-0 in 1995.
  • The 7-0 in 1995 is the English record for the biggest victory over a side from a higher division. We met in the FA Cup when Fulham were in the bottom tier and Swansea were in the league above.
  • Fulham have lost 5 of the past 6 meetings.
  • The clubs have faced each other in all 4 divisions and the FA Cup but never the League Cup.
  • Fulham have scored 134 goals in total against the Swans in all competitions. Our opponents have netted 19 times less with 105 goals.

Swansea in 2019/20

  • League Position: 6th.
  • League Form: DLDWW.
  • Average Possession: 53.2%.
  • Top Scorers: André Ayew (6), Borja Bastón (6), Sam Surridge (5).
  • Form Table (Last 6 Matches): 16th (8pts)
  • Clean sheets: 5.
  • Discipline: 24 Yellows | 1 Red.
  • Both teams have scored in 11 of their 18 League matches.

Players in Common

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Chris Coleman

Fulham – 165 appearances, 11 goals (1998-2002).

Swansea City – 196 appearances, 3 goals (1987-1991).

Chris Coleman, Nick Cusack, Cliff Jones, Shefki Kuqi, Alfie Mawson, Andy Melville, Terry Phelan, Darren Pratley, Jazz Richards, Wayne Routledge & John Salako.

Score Prediction Panel

Maik Taylor (1997-2004)

Swansea City 1-2 Fulham

Ray Houghton (1982-1985)

Swansea 1-2 Fulham

Robbie Herrera (1993-1998)

Swansea City 1-2 Fulham

Matt’s View (@Matt10L)

There is a lot of reason to be buzzing at the moment. Three wins in a row, with the most recent being a complete performance in a victory over Derby County, that sent us up to third place on the table. There is a lingering scare, however, a Fulhamish scare, that we’re going to be outdone against a young Swansea side. The side has been made younger by the most likely absence of star centre back Mike Van Der Hoorn, which requires the 19-year old Ben Cabango. Cabango impressed in the 1-1 draw versus Huddersfield.

The young Swans will need to make attempts to stifle our very own Mitrovic though. He’s on a tear with 13 goals on the season, and will surely be a handful. Unfortunately, it does not seem to me that we are going to see Kamara or Reid in this match. I hope I am wrong though, but judging from the injuries, it may be a tall ask. What I do hope to see is the continuing role of Stefan Johansen as our deep defensive midfielder. He was rated man of the match against Derby County with a solid performance that was truly one that could have be under appreciated. I’ve said it before, but having a player who is known to be one of the most creative players on the pitch and isn’t afraid to put a tackle in – well, we’ve got the perfect formula in StefJo. 

I feel the Swans will play host but will work their socks off against us. I sense a dominating possession-based performance, but we may struggle in front of goal as I can see Knockaert returning to take his place on the right-wing, and possibly Josh Onomah swaps spots with Cairney, in order to place our captain right behind Mitro. It will be a game of the wingers though as both have the strong individual skill, and if Knockaert or Cavaleiro can start firing again, we may be able to come away with the three points. 2-0 Fulham.