Premier League preview: Fulham v Swansea City
By Football News
Fulham have gone off the boil over the past two months and are in desperate need of a win against visiting Swansea City on Saturday.
After a steady start to the Premier League season, which included four victories, Fulham have picked up just one win in their past 11 league fixtures.
Martin Jol's team are on a three-game winless streak after defeats to Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool and a draw at home to Southampton on Boxing Day.
The south-west London club have slipped to 14th in the standings, only six points clear of the relegation zone heading into the New Year.
And they will be facing a Swansea outfit just as eager to return to the winners' circle.
An unbeaten streak of six games had the Welsh side on the verge of the top five but four games without a win, including two losses, sees Michael Laudrup's men in danger of falling to as low as 12th.
And Swansea's bid to claim a third successive victory against Fulham has received a blow with leading scorer Michu in doubt for Saturday's trip to Craven Cottage.
"His ankle is twice as big now. We don't know how bad it is," Laudrup said.
"The doctors and the physios say it shouldn't be the ligaments, which is the most important thing.
"The next question is 'will he play on Saturday?' I don't know. We will have to wait 24 hours.
"Hopefully it is not too bad. It is not a muscle injury but still we have to be careful. He has to be 100 percent.
"He is one of the top scorers in the league, definitely our top scorer. He has played nearly every match this season.
"Even if he is the most important player, we have to deal with it (if he is out). If you rely so much on one or two players it is not good for any team."
Fulham's most recent league victory against Swansea was in 1997, when both teams were competing in League Two.