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Fulham 2012/13 Season Preview

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We take a look at Fulham’s prospects leading up to the new Premier league Season.

Manager: Martin Jol

Stadium: Craven Cottage – 25,700

Nickname:  The Cottagers

2011/12 League Position: 9th

Summer Signings

Mladen Petric – Hamburg – Free

Hugo Rodallega – Wigan – Free

Sascha Riether – Cologne – Loan

Key Players

Clint Dempsey – Dempsey’s goal record for Fulham is truly impressive. If he decides to stay at Craven Cottage, the club will need more of the same this season.

Mousa Dembele– The Belgian star can play in midfield or as a second striker. He wowed the Fulham fans last season. If Dempsey moves on, much responsibility will be places upon Dembele to keep the team ticking.

Brede Hangeland – The giant centre back is rock solid and a born leader. He’s very important for Martin Jol’s side.

Likely Line-Up

Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Diarra, Dembele, Duff, Dempsey, Ruiz, Petric

Team Tactics

  • Fulham playing a fluid formation with Dempsey, Dembele and Ruiz all changing positions.
  • Petric is the new target man, Diarra holds in midfield and Duff will look to attack down the wing.
  • Riise is a big threat from left back and Hangeland provides a constant danger from set pieces.

Opening Fixtures

August 18th Norwich (H), 25th Man United (A), September 1st West Ham (A), 15th West Brom (H), 22nd Wigan (A), 29th Man City (H)

Verdict

Martin Jol is a fantastic manager and Fulham have a really well-balanced team! With Dempsey, Dembele and Ruiz pulling the strings in attack, they certainly have the potential for a top 10 finish. 10th

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Chris is the founder of The Boot Room. He is a Swindon Town supporter, having lived in Wiltshire for most of his years. His work has also featured on Squawka, Bleacher Report and Eurosport.

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