Whites v Trotters stats

Friday 16 August 2002

Ambitious owner Mohamed Al Fayed will be expecting a marked improvement from his beloved Fulham, on their initial 13th placing in the Barclaycard Premiership.

The Thames side club, who will be playing their home games at Loftus Road this season, have already built a seven match undefeated run in the InterToto Cup and know a 1-1 draw from the home leg of their final with Bologna would be enough to qualify for the Uefa Cup.

Bolton avoided the yo-yo effect last season. For the first time in three attempts they retained their top flight status and will be keen to consolidate and build from that base.

The Londoners' first match back in the top flight after an absence of 32 years was away to Manchester United twelve months ago. They lost 3-2 - their first opening day defeat in ten years. Prior to that Fulham had won five of their previous six League openers.

New boys Bolton took the Premiership by storm - winning their first three games on the trot. But they nose dived thereafter into the relegation zone and survived by one place and four points.



The Trotters have not lost an opening League fixture for six years (2 wins, 4 draws).

Sam Allardyce has been in charge at the Reebok for nearly three years and Bolton have recorded exactly 50 League wins under him.

Jean Tigana is going into his third season with the Cottagers, who have registered 40 League victories in his command.

Fulham have spent £2m on Facundo Sava. They got Junichi Inamoto on a free and have made two loan signings during the close season.

A fee is still to be agreed for Delroy Facey - otherwise all Allardyce's signings have been frees - Jay-Jay Okocha, Youri Djorkaeff and Akin Bulent.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS: TOTAL 60 - Fulham wins 17, Bolton wins 26, Draws 17

HEAD TO HEAD NOTES

Fulham hold an unbeaten Premiership record against Bolton (1 win, 1 draw).

Wanderers are yet to score a Premiership goal at Fulham.

Five of the last eight corresponding League fixtures have been drawn.

Bolton's only win in five visits to the Thamesside club spanning ten years was 1-4 on 21 November, 1992 in the Second Division

FULHAM

Final League position last season 13th 44 points

Sequences

YET TO LOSE 7 UNDEFEATED [3 wins, 4 draws]

End of season form

Won 2 of last 13 Premiership matches

3 draws in last 7 top flight encounters

7 defeats in last 13 top division duels

Failed to find the net in 3 of the last 6 League clashes

Managed 3 clean sheets in last 4 top tier League outings

Potential Career Milestones

Barry HAYLES needs one more strike to register 50 goals for Fulham

ADDITIONAL COTTAGERS NOTES

One of three clubs to register 14 draws in the Premiership last season. The others were Charlton and Aston Villa.

Caught offside just 78 times in top flight games last term - fewer than any other Premiership club.

BOLTON WANDERERS

Final League position last season 16th 40 points

Sequences

LOST LAST 3

NOT WON IN 4 PREMIERSHIP MATCHES

GONE 11 TOP FLIGHT GAMES SINCE A CLEAN SHEET

End of season form

Won 1 of last 5 Premiership matches

1 draw in last 10 top flight encounters

4 defeats in last 6 top division duels

Failed to find the net in 2 of last 3 League clashes

Managed 2 clean sheets in last 21 top tier League outings

Potential Career Milestones

Dean HOLDSWORTH needs one more goal to total 50 for Bolton

Nicky SOUTHALL is a hat trick away from 50 career League goals

If Colin HENDRY plays, he will be making the 400th appearance of his League career

Should Dean HOLDSWORTH figure, he will be making his 150th League appearance for the Trotters.

ADDITIONAL TROTTERS NOTES

Last time kept a clean sheet was the goalless draw away at Southampton in the Premiership on 23 February, 2002.

Shown seven red cards in Premiership matches last season. Only Middlesbrough had that many players dismissed.

Although 16th place last term narrowed avoided relegation, it was still Bolton's highest positional finish in the Premier League.

REFEREE REPORT

MAN IN THE MIDDLE
ALAN WILEY (Burntwood, Staffordshire)

OTHERS OFFICIALS
Assistant Paul Vosper
Assistant Phil Sharp
Fourth Official Andy Hall
Delegate Martin Bodenham / R Wiseman