Swansea vs Fulham preview: Championship clash live on Sky Sports Football
Swansea vs Fulham
Sky Bet Ch’ship
7:45pm Friday 29th November
The Liberty Stadium
Swansea face Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday, live on Sky Sports Football.
After the defender had been forced off at Huddersfield using an ankle injury, swansea will check on Mike van der Hoorn. He was substituted by Ben Cabango, who made his Championship debut, when Van der Hoorn isn’t passed fit and the 19-year-old is primed for a beginning.
Jordon Garrick (hamstring) and Joe Rodon (ft ) remain sidelined, whilst boss Steve Cooper may elect to begin loanee Sam Surridge in assault.
Fulham have doubts on Aboubakar Kamara (ankle) and Bobby Reid (hamstring). Both were forced off on Tuesday during the 3-0 win against Derby.
Anthony Knockaert dropped in midweek into the bench and will be very likely to be recalled if either player is ruled out. Manager Scott Parker has no additional injury issues because his side chase a fourth straight win.
Three games without a win for Swansea has seen them drop to fifth having drawn at Huddersfield on Tuesday. They lost 1-0 at home to Millwall on Saturday.
Fulham are enjoying their best run of form of the season, having won their last few matches in a row to put themselves back in contention for marketing that is automatic.
Swansea’s Steve Cooper:”They play great football and they’re a Premier League squad. They might compete in week out in the Premier League.
“So I am not surprised they’re doing well and playing good soccer. I think that they will attempt to perform how that they play, but we will concentrate on ourselves and what we bring to this table.”
Fulham’s Scott Parker:”We all know they are a really good side and we understand the problems they can cause us. Steve’s done an excellent job there in a short space of time, so I’m excited about this challenge.
“Our main aim and our main focus, as always, will be to visit Swansea and try and get a positive outcome. We realise that this is a match, they’ve demonstrated that this season with how they have begun this year, they’ve got positive results and they are right up there. This will be a difficult spot for us, but it is one that my group will be fully ready for and we seem to go there and find a positive result.”
Fulham have set their streak of wins together and seem to be right on track for promotion, but nonetheless have a bit of ground to make up to catch West Brom and Leeds.
A triumph at the Liberty Stadium on Friday night could be a step in the perfect path for a major statement from a fantastic side, and Scott Parker’s side to reveal they have the credentials to go back to the Premier League.
Swansea City have won five of the last six league experiences with Fulham (L1), for this their first clash since January 2014 at the Premier League (2-0 win).
Fulham have won just two of the last 10 away league visits to Swansea City (W2 D3 L5), although those 2 wins have arrived at their last four trips.
Having gone 14 games unbeaten in the Liberty Stadium involving December 2018 and August 2019, Swansea have won just one of their six house Championship games because (D1 L4).
Fulham will be seeking to win four consecutive league matches for the first time as April 2018.
No more Championship side has more 90th minute goals than Swansea this year (3), but all these have come away from your home.
Championship high goalscorer Aleksander Mitrovic has scored 13 goals for Fulham this season, at least more than every other player for the Cottagers.
Swansea are just beginning to slide a little but I don’t too many would have had them so Steve Cooper will continue to be happy.
Fulham have risen up the table and they have question marks around their performances against the better sides in the group. This is a chance for them to put down a marker.
David Prutton predicts: 0-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)