Select a Team

Barclays Premier League

Craven Cottage (ATT 25,280) 23rd February 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: H Webb

Fulham Fulham vs West Ham United West Ham

Fulham 0

ft

Fulham v West Ham preview

Cottagers have plenty left to play for

By Amanda Cornforth.   Last Updated: 22/02/08 10:33am

  • Share:
Konchesky: Facing former club

Konchesky: Facing former club

Struggling Fulham head into Saturday's home clash with West Ham second from bottom in the Premier League but still within striking distance of safety.

Skysports.com prediction: Fulham 1 West Ham 2 Sky Bet odds: Fulham 6/4 Draw 11/5 West Ham 6/4 One to watch: Dean Ashton Bet on Saturday's match

There are just seven points between themselves and 14th placed Sunderland so there is plenty left to play for over the last 12 games of the season.

Paul Konchesky will face his former club - and the team he has supported since he was a boy - following his switch across London last summer.

The defender went on to help West Ham in their successful battle against relegation last term and will be hoping he can do the same for the Cottagers this time around.

The Cottagers suffered defeat at Middlesbrough last time out but had previously claimed their first victory since November at home to Aston Villa so West Ham will have to be wary at Craven Cottage.

McBride

Striker Brian McBride could feature in attack for Fulham as he continues his return from six months out with a knee injury. Midfielder Hameur Bouazza will miss out with a shoulder injury.

The Hammers failed to build on their victory over Liverpool as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Birmingham and lost away at Wigan in their last two games.

Boss Alan Curbishley got neither the results nor the performances he wanted in those games and frustrated fans greeted the draw with a chorus of boos.

Europe

On top of that, the Hammers' rivals for European qualification were able to edge further clear and they are 10th in the table heading into the weekend, seven points off the European pace.

But UEFA's announcement that England top the Fair Play League, and the chance of Chelsea winning the Carling Cup on Sunday, could mean seventh place will be good enough to qualify.

Forward Bobby Zamora has come through two reserve team games but he may be rested for a further week before he makes his return.

Craig Bellamy remains out of action after undergoing an abdominal strengthening operation on Wednesday and will be out for a minimum of six weeks.

  • Share:

Latest Poll

Matches

Table

Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 12 32
2 Southampton 12 26
3 Manchester City 12 24
4 Manchester United 12 19
5 Newcastle United 12 19
6 West Ham United 12 18
7 Swansea City 12 18
8 Arsenal 12 17
9 Everton 12 17
10 Tottenham Hotspur 12 17
11 Stoke City 12 15
12 Liverpool 12 14
13 West Bromwich Albion 12 13
14 Sunderland 12 13
15 Crystal Palace 12 12
16 Aston Villa 12 12
17 Hull City 12 11
18 Leicester City 12 10
19 Burnley 12 10
20 Queens Park Rangers 12 8

Related