Fulham welcome Bournemouth to Craven Cottage in a mid-table Premier League clash this weekend. Both sides will be aiming to make a push into the top half of the table.
- Date: 10/02/24
- Kick-off time: 15:00
- Venue: Craven Cottage
Three points and one place separate these two teams in the Premier League table. Fulham currently sit in 13th place, after Bournemouth overtook them with last weekend’s victory over Nottingham Forest. The Cherries, led by Andoni Iraola, suffered through a difficult start to the season, but a run which included six wins in seven during November and December saw them quickly climb the standings. As a result, they can confidently look ahead to the teams above them, rather than looking over the shoulders below.
Fulham’s latest struggles have not harmed their league position significantly, as they still have hopes of keeping pace with those in the top half. A victory for Marco Silva’s side could see them leapfrog their opponents and have the likes of Newcastle and Wolves in their sights. Lose, and they may need to take notice of the teams creeping up behind them.
Armando Broja was Fulham’s big deadline-day signing, as he joined on loan from Chelsea. The hope is that the striker will take the pressure off Raul Jimenez as he recovers from injury, and give the team another attacking option. The Albanian has scored just one goal in the league this season, but will be expecting greater production as his minutes increase. Jimenez is their top scorer with five, so they will need the youngster to hit the ground running.
Bournemouth will be looking to Dominic Solanke to lead their attack. The Englishman has enjoyed a fantastic campaign so far, scoring 13 goals and earning a player of the month award for December. They are a side who generally struggle for goals in the league, with their 30 only better than five sides. Their next top scorer is Antoine Semenyo with just three, so Solanke is an absolutely crucial part of his side’s success.
These two sides have faced each other nine times this century, though the first meeting did not come until 2014 in the Championship. It is a fixture which has been largely dominated by Bournemouth, with Fulham recording just one win in 2019, an Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty earning the visitors a 1-0 win. The Cherries have won on five occasions, the biggest being a 5-1 victory at Craven Cottage in 2015.
The reverse fixture was a comfortable 3-0 win for Bournemouth on Boxing Day, as Justin Kluivert, Solanke and Luis Sinisterra secured the three points for Iraola’s side.