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FULHAM PREVIEW

17 August 2012

A look ahead to Saturday's 3pm kick-off at Fulham

THE 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season kicks off for the Canaries with an away trip to Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday in Chris Hughton's first competitive match in charge of Norwich City. 

With five new faces in his squad and an excellent pre-season behind them, Hughton’s squad are in good shape going into the clash against Martin Jol’s Fulham, who themselves have undergone significant changes of personnel over the summer. 

Kick-off will be at 3pm, and you can listen live to all the action with Canaries Player, as well as following live updates on Canaries.co.uk, and our official twitter and facebook pages. 

Watch Chris Hughton's pre-match press conference on Canaries Player by clicking here.

Watch Ryan Bennett's pre-match interview on Canaries Player by clicking here.
City: T
TEAM NEWS: 
he Canaries will be without defender Steven Whittaker (ankle) for the opening fixture against Fulham on Saturday, as well as midfield pair David Fox and Jacob Butterfield, who are back in training but unlikely to be available. Wes Hoolahan is also back in training, whilst Elliott Ward is a week away from fitness. It is not yet known whether late addition Javier Garrido will be eligible for the fixture.

Fulham: The Cottagers are likely to be without midfielder Simon Davies for the clash, who is out with a neck injury, while Aaron Hughes (ankle) is thought to be a doubt. Jol has an otherwise fully fit squad to choose from however. 

PRE-SEASON:
Fulham
HK K√łge 0-0 Fulham
FC Lokomotive Leipzig 0-4 Fulham
FC Kaiserslautern 2-2 Fulham
Wycombe Wanderers 0-3 Fulham
OGC Nice 0-4 Fulham
MK Dons 0-1 Fulham
Fulham 1-2 Charlton 

City
Hertha Berlin 3-2 City 
Celtic 0-1 City 
Peterborough United 0-2 City 
City 1-1 Ajax 
MK Dons 0-0 City 
Hull City 0-0 City 
City 0-2 Borussia Monchengladbach 

TRANSFERS:
Fulham 
Ins:
 George Williams (MK Dons) undisclosed, Mladen Petric (Hamburg) free, Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) free, Sascha Riether (Cologne) loan. 

Outs: Marcel Gecov (Gent) undisclosed, Ricahrd Barroilhet (RKC Waalwijk) free, Dickson Etuhu (Blackburn) free, Andrew Johnson (QPR) free, Danny Murphy (Blackburn) free, Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) free, Bjorn Helge Riise (Lillestron) free, Orlando Sa (AEL Limassol) free. 

City
Ins: Steven Whittaker, Jacob Butterfield (Barnsley) undisclosed, Michael Turner (Sunderland) undisclosed, Robert Snodgrass (Leeds United) undisclosed. 

Outs: Andrew Crofts (Brighton) undisclosed, Matt Ball (Stevenage) free, Josh Dawkin (Braintree) free, Adam Drury (Leeds United) free, Zak Whitbread (Leicester) free, Aaron Wilbraham (Crystal Palace) free, Dani Ayala (Nottingham Forest) season-long loan.

MANAGER: MARTIN JOL
The Dutchman took charge of Fulham on June 7, 2011, and is a man City boss Hughton will be very familiar with, having served as his assistant for part of Jol’s spell as manager of Tottenham Hotspur between 2004 and 2007. 

The former West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City midfielder also had spells in charge of Roda JC, RKC Waalwijk, Hamburg, and Ajax before being appointed manager of the Cottagers by pwner Mohammed Al-Fayed. 

ONE-TO-WATCH: MOUSSA DEMBELE
Fulham’s highly-rated creative midfielder Moussa Dembele will certainly be a key man for the Cottagers when City turn up to Craven Cottage on Saturday. 

The 25-year-old Belgium international signed for Fulham in 2010 from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar for a fee believed to be in the region of £5M, and has impressed, scoring five times in over 50 games. 

His menacing runs from midfield will be something the City defence will need to keep an eye out for if they are to keep Fulham quiet and pick up a result on the opening day. 


HEAD-TO-HEAD:
Fulham v Norwich City
Fulham winsDrawCity wins
League141010
FA Cup100
League Cup201
Total171011

Fulham have the edge over City in terms of all-time wins between the two sides, and came away with all three points in last season‚Äôs clash at Craven Cottage ‚Äď winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Dempsey and Damien Duff. Aaron Wilbraham responded for City.¬†

The last time City secured a victory at Craven Cottage was on New Year’s Day in 1986, thanks to Kevin Drinkell’s goal in the old Division Two. 


2011-12 SEASON:
Fulham  
Premier League ‚Äst9th

FA Cup ‚ÄstFourth round

League Cup ‚ÄstThird round

Europa League ‚ÄstGroup stages

Top league scorer ‚ÄstClint Dempsey (17)

Most league starts ‚ÄstBrede Hangeland (38)¬†¬†

City
Premier League - 12th 
FA Cup - Fifth round 
League Cup - Third round 
Top League Scorer - Grant Holt (15) 
Most league starts - John Ruddy (37) 

Craven Cottage:

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