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Friday, 16 December 2011

Fulham v Bolton: Will the Wanderers pile more pain on Jol's side?


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Fulham were within seconds of reaching the knockout stages of the Europa League on Wednesday night before Odense delivered Martin Jol's a knockout blow of their own. This weekend they take on basement boys Bolton Wanderers but can the Cottagers bounce back from their heartache or will Bolton compound the misery on Jol's men? 

The Fulham players must be feeling deflated after that result. After all their season started in June and for what? With talk of a rift between Bobby Zamora and the manager and Andy Johnson linked with a move to Sunderland, Martin Jol now has a fight on his hand to keep this squad together.

Fulham's woes though are nothing compared to what's happening at the Reebok. Bolton have slumped to the foot of the table, have suffered injuries to key players and everything seems to be going against them. With Fulham feeling down in the dump this could be a great time for Bolton to get their season back on track. However, before you consider putting money on a Bolton win, consider this. Bolton have yet to beat Fulham at the Cottage in the Premier League and you have to go back to 1952 for their last victory at Fulham in the top flight. Maybe this won't be such a good day for Coyle after all.

On a positive note for the visitors, they have triumphed on their last two visits to Craven Cottage in cup football, and with fixtures against Blackburn, Newcastle and Wolves coming up over the festive period, Bolton should treat this like a cup final. Unfortunately for the Wanderers our pundits don't carry too much love for them.

Fulham v Bolton; Kick Off 3pm December 17 2011

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Don McMahon

1   

V    

0

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

0

Blackburn

Terry Kennedy

2

V

0

Bolton

Dave Blackburn

3

V

1

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

0

V

0

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

1

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

0

Liverpool

Mark Williams

2

V

0

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

0

Man Utd

Peter Lee

1

V

0

Newcastle

Michael Stout

2    

V

0

Norwich City

Sue Read

1

V

0

QPR

Arjun Swaminathan    

1

V

0

Stoke City

Philip Eccleston

2

V

0

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

0

Tottenham

Mike Richards

2

V

1

Swansea

Jim White

2

V

1

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

2

V

0

Wigan

Alan Moore

0

V

0

Wolves

Chris Cox

2

V

0

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

1

V

1

Writer

Phil Bundy

1

V

0

Writer

Mitch Waddon

0

V

0

Writer

Matt Turner

1

V

0

Writer

Chris Pettitt

2

V

3

Writer

Hugh Larkin

2

V

0

Aston Villa fan

Lynette Ranson

2

V

0

Blackpool fan

Phil Trow

1

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

TBA    

V

TBA

Fulham fan

Russell Goldman

3

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

0

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

0

West Ham fan

Matthew Beeby

2

V

0

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

1

V

2

Panel Verdict

Fulham are tipped to bounce back from their Euro heartache.

Home: 27; Draw: 6; Away: 2. TBC 1.

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