Bloomfield Road has been renovated ahead of its first Premier League match on Saturday, when Fulham visit Blackpool.
A vociferous home crowd is expected to turn out to watch the local heroes play their third match of this season Premier League campaign.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Marlon Harewood (twice) and Alex Baptiste were the scorers in the Wigan match, in which Ian Holloway’s squad began sensationally with a shock 4-0 win, on the opening day of the season, only to lose 6-0 to Arsenal in the next weekend.
Charlie Adam will be looking to pull the strings in midfield, while 23-year old Frenchman Elliott Grandin will hope to fulfill the promise he has shown so far.
But strikers Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora, winger Damien Duff, and midfielder Danny Murphy have all got into an early stride this season, and are likely to have different ideas, and the seasiders are likely to find the going tough
Fulham got a shock draw against a complacent Manchester United in the second week after a goalless draw against Bolton in the curtain raiser to the Hammers’ season.
Simon Davies drew his team level against United after Scholes had put the Old Trafford side ahead.
And when Hangeland scored an own goal, it appeared as though here would be no comebacks for Fulham, until the defender decided to compensate with a header into the Red devils’ net.
Fulham are buoyant going into the Saturday afternoon match at the Fylde coast, on the back of a 6-0 demolition of Port Vale, in the Carling Cup. Fulham’s £5 mn summer signing, Moussa Dembele, scored his first goal for the Hammers, in the match.
Billy Clarke will be absent through the season, owing to a ligament injury, while knee injuries are likely to keep Keith Southern and Paul Rachubka out of action in Saturday’s ear;y kick off.
Striker Jason Euell who is recovering from a knee injury is not likely to be match fit, in time for the Blackpool game.
Philippe Senderos, Diomansy Kamara, and Andrew Johnson are all likley to miss out, nursing Achilles, ankle and knee problems, respectively, while Mark Schwarzer could get back to duty under the Fulham goalpost, after being benched with a back problem.
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