or tweet @thomgibbs with the
answer to this question: Who is the coolest person in football?
FULHAM 0 SUNDERLAND 0
(Kick off 16.00)
15.35 Today's retro highlights are brought to you by the year 1979, a
time when Craven Cottage looked pretty much as it does now:
15.18 Here are the teams:
Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise; Kacaniklic,
Sidwell, Karagounis, Duff; Ruiz, Berbatov.
Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Senderos, Petric, Rodallega, Dejagah, Smith.
Sunderland: Mignolet; Bardsley, Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose; Larsson,
Cattermole, Colback, Johnson; Sessegnon; Fletcher.
Subs: Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, McClean, Saha, Westwood.
Referee: Lee Probert
15.00 Afternoon liveblog fans.
Some footballers make their way through the world by trying hard, running
around, and winning the hearts of English supporters. Jimmy Bullard, Carlos
Tevez (when not on strike) or Jamie Mackie.
Others do nothing of the sort, and play the game with a loucheness that
suggests it's all rather a chore for them, yet they'll still do enough to
prove that they are far better than the players around them.
Yes, I am talking about Steve Sidwell Dimitar Berbatov.
Back in his natural habitat of a second-tier team where he can be the focal
point, the folk hero, the man that's excellent at doing excellent things, he
He is also one of the coolest footballers to ever live. Just look at him:
What a hero. I will make no apologies on
focusing on him this afternoon, given how dire a prospect Sunderland are and
have been all season.
They're edging towards an actual relegation fight, especially given the wins
for Reading and Southampton yesterday.
Let's be honest, it's one of the least super Super Sundays in recent memory,
but let's not worry too much about that. Dimitar certainly won't be.
Team news and lots more to follow, stay tuned.
Sunday, November 18
Kick-off: 16.00 GMT
TV: Live Sky Sports 1, Highlights BBC ONE Match of the Day 2.
Fulham (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland,
Riise; Duff, Karagounis, Sidwell, Kacaniklic; Ruiz; Berbatov.
Out: Richardson (hamstring), Davies (hip), Baird (suspended).
Tests: Diarra (knee), Tavares (hamstring).
Sunderland (Possible, 4-4-2): Mignolet; Bardsley, O’Shea, Cuellar,
Rose; Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean; Fletcher; Sessegnon.
Out: Gardner (suspended).
Tests: Fletcher (calf), Westwood (thigh), Bardsley (hamstring),
Referee: Lee Probert. Matches 6, R0 Y19.
Team News Kieran Richardson will miss Fulham's Barclays Premier League
clash with his former club because of a hamstring injury.
The 28-year-old will be out for a further 10 days with the injury he picked up
in last weekend's 3-3 draw at Arsenal and will be joined on the sidelines by
several other midfielders.
Simon Davies (hip) and Chris Baird (suspension) will definitely miss out,
while Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Mickael Tavares (hamstring) are big
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill faces late decisions over a series of
players.Scotland striker Steven Fletcher (calf) and Republic of Ireland
keeper Keiren Westwood (thigh) missed their respective international matches
in midweek, with 18-year-old Jordan Pickford on standby to provide the
back-up to Simon Mignolet.
In addition, full-back Phil Bardsley
(hamstring) and midfielder Lee Cattermole
(knee) remain doubts for the game at Craven Cottage after missing Saturday's
2-1 defeat at Everton.
Match Notes Resistible force meets movable object. One of the mysteries
of this season is how Martin O’Neill has managed to avoid greater scrutiny
of his dismal record. Less vaunted managers would have been shown the door
well before now, with Sunderland’s lack of goals resulting in only one
league win since March. Free-scoring, free-conceding Fulham await, buoyed by
the form of Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz but with serious problems to
address at the back. Jonathan Liew
Betting: Home 8-11, Away 10-3, Draw 5-2.
Stat of the game: In the last four meetings between Fulham and
Sunderland there have been four red cards.
Jonathan Liew’s prediction: Fulham 1 Sunderland 1.
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