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Saturday, 31 March 2012

Fulham v Norwich City: Can City finally win at the Cottage?


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Fulham v Norwich

Norwich City were hit for six the last time they visited the Cottage. The Canaries lost their grip on their Premier League status that day in 2005 as the Cottagers ran riot. This afternoon, Paul Lambert will be hoping to prove just how far his side have come.

The Canaries have failed to beat Fulham, home or away, since they were both in the old second division in 1986. Since then the Cottagers have served up a whole lot of hurt for the men from Norfolk. With the likes of Clint Dempsey, Andy Johnson and Pavel Pogrebnyak in his line-up, Martin Jol will be expecting another three points this afternoon.

However, while Swansea have been taking all the plaudits this season out of the three promoted sides, Norwich have the same number of points as the Welshmen and played just as well. John Ruddy has proved himself as a top flight keeper, Grant Holt has shown that he can handle it amongst the best in the country and Paul Lambert's managerial stock continues to grow.

City ended a five-game winless run last weekend against Wolves, can they make it back-to-back wins against a side that should have taken a point from the champions Manchester United on Monday night? Our pundits are not convinced.

Fulham have secured some huge wins at home this season but they haven't found the back of the net in their past three league outings. The Canaries will be hoping to make it four defeats on the bounce for Martin Jol's side.

Fulham v Norwich City; Kick Off 3pm March 31 2012

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Don McMahon

1

V

0

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

1

Blackburn

Terry Kennedy

2

V

1

Bolton

Dave Blackburn

1

V

1

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

2

V

0

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

1

Fulham

Neil Springate

2

V

1

Liverpool

Mark Williams

0

V

0

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

0

Man Utd

Peter Lee

1

V

1

Newcastle

Michael Stout

1

V

1

Norwich City

Sue Read

2

V

2

QPR

Arjun Swaminathan    

1

V

1

Stoke City

Philip Eccleston

2

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

TBA

V

TBA

Tottenham

Mike Richards

2

V

2

Swansea

Jim White

3

V

1

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

2

V

0

Wigan

Alan Moore

0

V

0

Wolves

Chris Cox

3

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

2

Writer

Steve Coulter

1

V

1

Writer

Phil Bundy

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

0

V

1

Writer

Matt Turner

TBA    

V    

TBA

Writer

Chris Pettitt

2

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Aston Villa fan

Lynette Ranson

TBA

V

TBA

Blackpool fan

Phil Trow

2

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

0

Fulham fan

Russell Goldman

2

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

1

V

1

West Ham fan

Matthew Beeby

2

V

1

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

TBA

V

TBA

Panel Verdict

There’s not much love for a Norwich win.

Home: 17; Draw: 14; Away: 1. TBA 4

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