Friday, September 19, 2008

Blackburn v. Fulham Tomorrow

Fulham will travel to Ewood Park, home to the Blackburn Rovers. Blackburn is reeling from their last two Premiership games against West Ham United and Arsenel in which the Rovers conceded four goals in each of the two games. Playing at home may give them a little comfort, but it didn't help last weekend when Arsenel and Emmanuel Adebayor shelled them for four goals and the hat trick by Adebayor.

Fulham are coming off league wins over that same Arsenel side and Bolton last week. Fulham have been playing with solid form, great possession and the flair for creating chances to score. But, let's face it, Fulham's away form is, to be quite charitable about it, less than stellar. Granted, they have had only one away game thus far when they traveled to Hull City to start the season, but even then they did not play poorly, conceding the final goal in a complete howler by Paul Konchesky.

The injury list is practically non-existent, with only Leon Andreasson being the only regular first team member with injury and possibly eligible for selection this weekend. But even if Andreasson is out, I don't expect Roy Hodgson to make an significant changes to his starting XI tomorrow from last weekend's win over Bolton.

I would expect the 4-4-2 that has served Hodgson well this season. I am hoping to see a little more out of Andy Johnson's paring with Bobby Zamora up top. The central midfield tandem of Jimmy Bullard and Danny Murphy are creating great chances and hopefully we can see a little more out of Zoltan Gera on that left wing.

Going to Ewood is tough and Blackburn desperatly need a win and Ewood Park can be a hard place to play But I like Fulham's style of play lately and if they are on that form, I can see a win. I like 2-1 for Fulham, but I would be happey with a draw as well.

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