Opposition Focus: Exeter City


25/08/18 – Milton Keynes 1-0 Exeter (League Two)
21/08/18 – Cambridge Utd 0-2 Exeter (League Two)
18/08/18 – Exeter 1-1 Newport (League Two)
14/08/18 – Exeter 1-1 Ipswich – won 4-2 on penalties (Carabao Cup)
11/08/18 – Morecambe 0-2 Exeter (League Two)

Last 5 Meetings

26/12/96 – Fulham 1-1 Exeter (Div 3)
10/09/96 – Exeter 0-1 Fulham (Div 3)
24/02/96 – Fulham 2-1 Exeter (Div 3)
16/09/95 – Exeter 2-1 Fulham (Div 3)
29/04/95 – Exeter 0-1 Fulham (Div 3)


Fulham wins 12
Draws 6
Exeter wins 9

 Stats & Facts

  • The last time Exeter beat Fulham at the Cottage was 16th April 1994.
  • Fulham were relegated that season (93/94) to the bottom tier along with Exeter City.
  • There have been 20 meetings between the sides post-WW2, 14 of those were in the bottom tier.
  • This is the first League Cup meeting between the two clubs.
  • Fulham have only failed to score once against Exeter in the last 10 meetings. Ironically that was the last time Exeter won at the Cottage.
  • Both clubs were originally named after Saints before they were known as Fulham (St Andrews) & Exeter City (St Sidwell’s United).

Opposition View (@therealJayJay7)

Are you happy with the start you’ve made to the season and what are your overall expectations this season?

Yes, I am very happy with the start we’ve made to this season. Until Saturday, we had an unbeaten start knocking out a championship side in Ipswich along the way. The changes Matt [Taylor] has made since coming in is nothing but positive and we are taking steps in the right direction. Personally, I feel we should at least be getting playoffs again but promotion is definitely on the cards this season.

Having already beaten Ipswich in the last round on penalties, what do you make of the introduction of no extra time if there’s a draw?

Personally, I’m a fan of the new introduction of no E.T, just pen. It saves players from tiring out as much with their campaigns being so packed with fixtures, they could do without the extra 30 mins at the end of a game. Also, the lower league sides have a better chance at getting a result against higher opposition so that’s a bonus.

What style/formation do you usually play? Where are your strengths/weaknesses as a team? 

We usually play 4-5-1 or 4-4-1-1. It varies depending on the opposition. We often play through wide areas, crossing into the box & making good use of our target man.

Our strengths as a team lie with our attacking threat. Jayden Stockley has been an influential player since signing and most of our attack goes through him. With great wide-play and a danger man in the box, goals are never far away.

Who are your danger men that we need to be wary of tonight?

Danger men to watch out for are the likes of Stockley, Boateng, Law, Forte and Martin.

How do you think the match will go tonight a score prediction?

Tonight can go one of 2 ways. As much as I hate to say it, if you put out a strong side, we could struggle. However, if you play a weakened side, I feel we’ve got enough about us to take advantage and provide a shock cup upset. I predict 1-1 with an Exeter win on penalties, got to be optimistic, haven’t you!

Match Prediction

Having played on Sunday, I can’t see Slav going with any of the starting eleven that turned out against Burnley. There hasn’t been enough recovery time for starters. Also, we are no longer in the Championship where games came thick and fast, allowing fringe players to get a chance to express themselves. So if a few of those squad players don’t start tonight, then it could be months before they get another opportunity to impress.

Having said that, the introduction of penalties straight after a draw at ninety minutes changes everything with the team selection. We can’t afford to gamble on the lottery of a penalty shootout, so we need to pick a team that will get the job done. With most of the U23s playing yesterday, it gave a small indication of which ones may feature tonight. Marlon Fossey, Mattias Kait, Steven Sessegnon and Luca De La Torre appear to be the obvious ones that were left out of the U23 squad and I think you will see a strong B team tonight, especially with Alfie Mawson likely to make his debut.

We can’t have spent 100+ million with the sole ambition of just ‘surviving’ so let’s go for this and get the job done early please Fulham! The longer it’s 0-0, the more confident Exeter will become, so an early goal will do nicely. The worry is that the eleven selected will most likely have never started a match together before, so it’ll be interesting to see if they gel as a collective.

Final result: Fulham 2-0 Exeter City

Predicted lineup: Rico; Steve Sessegnon, Mawson, Chambers, Christie; Anguissa, Johansen, De La Torre; Ryan Sessegnon, Kamara, Kebano.