West Brom Preview

Friday 21 February 2014 09:00

Fulham take on West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday(3pm), and here's all you need to know about our upcoming opponents.

West Bromich Albion

Who Are Ya?

CLUB COLOURS: Blue and white stripes

NICKNAME: The Baggies

STADIUM: The Hawthorns

PREMIER LEAGUE POSITION 2012/13: 8th

LAST FIVE LEAGUE RESULTS: Chelsea (h) drew 1-1, Crystal Palace (a) lost 3-1, Liverpool (h) drew 1-1, Aston Villa (a) lost 4-3, Everton (h) drew 1-1

THE GAFFER: Pepe Mel - joined the Baggies in January, taking over the helm following the departure of Steve Clarke. The 50-year-old Spaniard had previously managed Real Betis for three seasons, and even took them to Craven Cottage last summer for a pre season friendly. Known as a forward-thinking coach, he likes his teams to play attractive, positive football.

TACTICS: Mel likes to line his side up in a 4-4-2 formation, although, in recent weeks he has shifted to a 4-3-3. Players inter-change in the final third, with flexibility the key for West Brom. Extremely difficult to break down at The Hawthorns, the Baggies press high up and give away little space in behind.

Three To Watch

Saido Berahino (pictured): The 20-year-old has been a revelation for West Brom this term, with the youngster netting eight goals in 24 appearances to date. Whether it’s leading the line or playing on the flank, the England Under-21 international has been a constant source of pace, intelligent running and clever approach play. With a keen eye for goal, he’ll be a player Fulham need to be well aware of on Saturday.

Youssouf Mulumbu: The defensive midfielder has rapidly established himself as one of the Premier League’s most effective enforcers, sitting deep and protecting the Baggies’ back four. The 27-year-old is a commanding presence in the middle of the pitch where his poise and power have often made the difference for his team.

Zoltan Gera: Fulham fans know all about the 34-year-old Hungarian forward following his three seasons at Craven Cottage. A popular player on the banks of the Thames, he’s also a favourite of the Baggies’ supporters too. With just 10 appearances this term, he hasn’t played as much as he would have hoped, but if involved on Saturday the Whites will be well aware of the threat he poses.  

The Game In Numbers

495 – New Fulham boss Felix Magath is vastly experienced in Germany and has managed seven different clubs and taken charge of 495 games in the Bundesliga (winning 231 – 46.7%).

5 - Pepe Mel has failed to win any of his five Premier League games as a manager so far, alternating between a draw and a defeat in those matches (DLDLD).

1 - Magath will be the first German manager to take charge of a Premier League game.

98 - Claudio Yacob has made a league-high 98 tackles this season in the Premier League.

16 - West Brom have seen 16 different players net a goal for them in the Premier League this season; more than any other side.

34 - Fulham have already used a league-high 34 players in the Premier League this season; five more than they did in the whole of 2012/13 (29).

6 - Fulham have lost none of their last six Premier League games against West Brom (W3 D3).