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Omar Bogle’s introduction to the Latics front line on Tuesday against Norwich City has lifted expectation that his goals can help this season and he will be looking to add to his tally as Warren Joyce takes his team to Craven Cottage and looks for a second Sky Bet Championship victory on the road in succession.
Slaviša Jokanović – shrewd appointment by Fulham
Fulham are very strong at home however, as they showed last time out against an (albeit weakened) Hull City in the FA Cup with an emphatic 4-1 victory. They haven’t played a league game at home since beating Barnsley at the Cottage almost a month ago and they will no doubt be itching to get back to winning ways in front of their own fans after defeat at Birmingham City last weekend; a six point gap has now opened up to the play-off positions which Slaviša Jokanović will be anxious to reduce quickly if the Cottagers are to have any serious aspirations to get into those top six positions.
Warren Joyce rung the changes against Norwich by bringing in Omar Bogle and James Weir in place of Will Grigg and David Perkins and injury permitting, he could opt to keep with that starting XI, although Latics were far more effective in the second half against The Canaries when Grigg played just behind Bogle and Joyce may choose that option. Joyce will also need to assess the fitness of some of the other new signings before making his final choice, although in all likelihood he will probably not try and risk upsetting the stability of his squad. He revealed Craig Morgan has a toe injury, which kept him out of the Norwich squad and will keep him out again at Fulham. Other than that he reported 'no bumps and bruises' after the Norwich game. Ryan Tunnicliffe is ineligible under the terms of his loan from Fulham.
Omar Bogle - set to keep his place after double strike
For Fulham, Ryan Fredericks is suspended following his sending off in Fulham's last match at Birmingham and Jokanović will need to decide how much he will shuffle his pack following that defeat. Tomas Kalas has a hip problem but there could be a return for Neeskens Kebano after his time with DR Congo at the Africa Cup of Nations.
SEASON SO FAR
Fulham began the season in spectacular fashion by beating Newcastle United and they have since been patchy in establishing themselves just outside the play-off places. Their form away from the Cottage has been marginally better than when they have played at home, with six wins away as opposed to five at home. In terms of draws and defeats, however, their record home and away is identical, with four losses and five draws.
The conclusion to draw from a Latics point of view, then, is that although they can be a force, they are certainly not invincible and it’s a case of catching them on the right day. Latics can certainly go there full of confidence after such a positive performance against Norwich.
CURRENT SQUAD, 2016-17 LEADING LEAGUE GOALSCORERS
9 - Chris Martin
6 - Stefan Johansen
5 - Tom Cairney
4 - Sone Aluko
4 - Floyd Ayite
4 - Scott Malone
3 - Kevin McDonald
3 - Lucas Piazon
Chris Martin - threat
One of the few clubs we have faced in every division, plus the league cup – but never in an FA Cup encounter, however. Worryingly, from a Latics point of view, we haven't actually beaten Fulham for over 10 years, or put another way, in 16 meetings. Not all defeats, of course, but still, records are there to be broken...
So in terms of the league, this will be the 44th meeting between the sides, with Fulham having the edge historically, 18 wins to 8! At Craven Cottage, however, the record is not that clever, just two victories and six draws…
The most bizarre attendee to one of the matches must be the late Michael Jackson, who was bizarrely there as a guest of then owner Mohamed Al Fayed in April 1999 – sadly he was not able to witness a Latics goal as Fulham won that one 2-0 in what was far from a … thriller.
Here cos it’s Wigan…
To end on a positive note, we did manage one of those draws in our last visit there, in Gary Caldwell’s first match as manager in April 2015. Dan Burn and Ryan Tunnicliffe both played for The Cottagers that night, with Hugo Rodallega on the bench.
You can watch those highlights below.
SOME WHO HAVE PLAYED FOR BOTH CLUBS
Not a huge amount of connections between the clubs although three of the biggest links have just been mentioned.
Dan Burn and Ryan Tunnicliffe are current members of the Latics squad with a direct connection although the latter is still on loan and therefore won't feature.
Dan Burn for Fulham and Chris Martin for Derby – the two match up again on Saturday
Rodallega has since left Craven Cottage but there are other links too between the sides. Michael Brown was signed from Fulham in 2007 while Jimmy Bullard left Latics for Fulham in 2006 and before that Geoff Horsfield played for both.
No one has scored more Premier League goals for Latics than Hugo Rodallega’s 24.