Swansea City-Fulham Preview

The Associated Press

Martin Jol's Fulham will look to revive their stuttering Premier League campaign on Saturday at Craven Cottage against a Swansea City side that sit just two points above them.

Fulham (3-1-7) have lost their last three matches and are in 18th place with just ten points. However, their defeats have come against the league's top clubs - Southampton, Manchester United and a 4-0 thrashing at Anfield by Liverpool on Nov. 9 before the international break.

"You have to get your points probably and your wins against other teams like we did before this sequence of three games," Jol said. "We had two or three defeats on the trot, before that, we had a win against Crystal Palace, we had a win against Stoke."

Jol insists he will fight on to save the Cottagers.

"It's not only about me," Jol said. "They know I've got the mentality and the ambition to win."

Fulham announced on Nov. 13 that former Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen will work alongside Jol as head coach. Meulensteen left Old Trafford six months ago in the aftermath of Alex Ferguson's retirement as manager, and later spent 16 days in charge of Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala before being fired.

''There was always going to be a battle for Rene's services and, with the assistance of our chairman Shahid Khan, we've been able to bring one of the best coaches in the world to Fulham,'' the club's chief executive Alistair Mackintosh said.

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup is unclear if the new setup at Craven Cottage will benefit Saturday's hosts.

"I don't know exactly the structure of the club," Laudrup said. "But as far as I've read, the manager is the man in charge and then Meulensteen is maybe coming in, being a coach. I don't know, that's why I'm answering like I am because I don't know if Martin Jol is out there coaching and training every day like I am."

Laudrup's side (3-3-5) have 12 points and are also winless in three Premier League matches with two draws. The manager is still upset about the 3-3 draw with Stoke City on Nov. 10 in which the Swans rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit before allowing a penalty to Charlie Adam in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Swansea City were also denied all three points three days earlier in the Europa League when they allowed a 90-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Kuban Krasnodar.

"If they (the players) deserved it in Russia, they deserved it ten times more against Stoke," Laudrup said. "But OK, (what) happened has happened. We will never get those two points back maybe even if we need them. But we have to move on and we have to take that fantastic second half against Stoke into this game."

The 13th-placed Swans have captured their last two visits to Craven Cottage. Saturday's match starts a stretch of 12 games in 43 days for Swansea, including the Europa League and FA Cup, but Laudrup insists that this contest is among the most important.

"For me, this is one of the absolute top games of the 12," he said.

Goalkeeper Michel Vorm returns from suspension for Swansea. He may not get much work since Fulham have taken the fewest shots in the Premier League with 87, while allowing the most with 206.

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