FT: Fulham 1 Cardiff 2

FULL TIME. That's it, Cardiff seal a valuable three points thanks to Mutch's late effort. Thanks for your views today, stay with us for reaction.

90 (+3)
Fulham win a corner on the left. They take but Caulker clears.

90 (+2)
GOAL - MUTCH!!!!!! Mutch wins it for Cardiff with a fantastic strike!!! The goal comes from the free-kick. Marshall floats it upto Mutch on the edge of the Fulham box. It bounces off Richardson into his path and he slots home with a sublime left-footed effort into the top corner!!!

90 (+2)
Berbatov concedes a free-kick midway in the Cardiff half.

90 (+1)
Maynard turns and shoots from the edge of the box in the centre but his low effort is straight at Stockdale who gathers.

Three minutes of added time are announced.

90
Richardson crosses across the face of goal from six yards on the left but it misses everyone and goes out for a goal kick.

89
Berbatov wins a throw in 20 yards out on the right. Fulham take but Riether's cross from the right byline hits Taylor and Cardiff partially clear.

88
Fulham press but Hangeland's cross into the box runs through to Marshall to gather.

87
Bellamy shoots at goal from the free-kick but it is well over and wide.

87
T-C wins a throw in five yards out on the right off Richardson. He takes and Cardiff keep possession before Kasami fouls Mutch 30 yards out in front of goal.

86
Taarabt is on for Bent as Fulham go for the win.

86
Gunnarsson tries to pass to Whittingham to the left of goal but it is over hit and goes out for a goal kick.

85
Fulham come again and Kasami makes a strong run into the box and his shot is blocked before his follow up effort is weak and Marshall easily gathers.

84
Richardson crosses from 25 yards on the left but it is again over hit and goes out for a Cardiff throw in near their byline.

83
Cardiff take the free-kick and Caulker crosses from 30 yards on the right touchline but Stockdale is quickly off his line to gather.

82
Berbatov tries to flick on for Bent but Bent clatters into Caulker 20 yards out and it is a Cardiff free-kick.

81
Bellamy is on for Odemwingie for Cardiff.

79
Richardson makes a strong run up the left flank before crossing into the box from 28 yards but it is over hit and goes out for a goal kick on the far side.

78
Cardiff break forward and Taylor crosses from 22 yards on the left into Mutch in the centre but his volley with his back to goal from 12 yards sails over.

78
Berbatov cuts the ball back from the right byline but it is behind all his team-mates in the box and Turner clears.

77
Whittingham takes the free-kick but it is over hit and goes out for a goal kick.

76
Sidwell fouls Mutch for a Cardiff free-kick just inside the their own half.

75
Karagounis takes the corner but Kasami's header from 12 yard sis straight at Marshall to save.

74
Ruiz puts the corner into the box but Whittingham heads away. Ruiz puts the ball back into the box from the right and T-C has to head out for a corner on the left.

73
Riether makes a strong run to the right byline and wins a corner on the right off Taylor.

72
Maynard is on for Campbell for Cardiff.

71
Whittingham hits the free-kick but it hits the wall. Cardiff press and Caulker's effort is blocked before Odemwingie's cross from the right is clears. Fulham break at pace but Ruiz loses the ball in the box.

70
Odemwingie is fouled by Kasami for a Cardiff free-kick 26 yards out in the centre.

69
Fulham come again and Ruiz tees-up Kasami but his low shot from 22 yards in the centre lacks power and Marshall easily saves.

68
Fulham press forward but Bent's cross from the right is partially blocked before Ruiz's pass in the centre and misplaced and Cardiff win a throw in on the right.

67
Karagounis tries to release Bent into the box with a long ball from the left but Caulker heads away.

66
Fulham take the throw in and feed the ball to Karagounis on the left who crosses into the Cardiff box but Taylor clears.

65
Cardiff take the free-kick and break upfield but Karagounis tackles Odemwingie for a Fulham throw in 25 yards out on the left.

64
Berbatov is booked for a late challenge on T-C midway in the Cardiff half.

63
Taylor wins a throw in 15 yards out on the left. He takes but Fulham win their own throw in in a similar position and play the ball back to Stockdale to clear.

62
Riether crosses from 22 yards on the right towards Berbatov at the far post but he heads over from close range under pressure.

61
Gunnarsson crosses from the right to Whittingham in the centre. He takes a touch before shooting but his effort from 22 yards in front of goal goes wide and over.

59
Mutch catches Karagounis for a Fulham free-kick midway in their half. They take and Kasami tries an effort from 20 yards to the right of goal but his shot sails over.

58
Mutch plays a great cross from 18 yards on the right into the box. Campbell gets to the ball ahead of Hangeland but shoots wide from close range. Bad miss.

57
Ruiz puts the third corner into the box but Cardiff partially clear before Hangeland fouls the keeper as they go for a cross from Kasami on the right.

56
Ruiz puts the corner into the box and wins another on the left. He takes and wins another off Mutch.

56
Mutch is on for Kim.

55
Richardson feeds the ball to Berbatov on the left who crosses into the centre and wins a corner on the left.

54
Whittingham floats the free-kick into the box but Stockdale is quickly off his line to gather.

54
Campbell wins a free-kick 35 yards out in the centre.

53
Cardiff break forward and T-C crosses from 12 yards on the right towards Whittingham but he volleys well wide from 15 yards to the left of goal.

52
Karagounis takes the corner but Stockdale gathers.

51
Fulham take the free-kick and feed the ball to Ruiz on the left who wins a corner on the left off Medel.

50
Kim fouls Kasami for a Fulham midway in their half on the right.

50
Cardiff win a throw in 22 yards out on the right. They take and feed the ball to Odemwingie who cuts inside before shooting from 20 yards to the right of goal but his low effort is well wide.

49
Cardiff win a free-kick 40 yards out in the centre. Whittingham floats the ball into the box and Turner heads on but Stockdale punches away.

48
Whittingham takes the corner and Cardiff feed the ball to Model on the edge of the box in the centre but he shoots over.

47
Cardiff press and Odemwingie wins a corner on the left off Riether.

46
Cardiff re-start the game.

Paul says: "No imagination or creativity in this Fulham team this season. I'm hoping a 2-1 win, but honestly , if the first half is like the second, Cardiff will win." Cheers for your views, the teams are back on the pitch, hold onto your hats folks!!

Adam - Cardiff City fan says: "We (Cardiff) look strong so far, especially in the air, if it carries on like this we will pick up the 3 points. Should easily be out of sight already though, a contentiously disallowed goal and hitting the post, we will pull through this. Fulham need to improve dramatically on this showing if they would like to be a premier league team next season."

Alan has been back in touch to say: "We're still on for our prediction Steve but to be fair we shouldn't be. Hopefully Ruiz can inspire us to a much better second 45 and maybe win? But I would happily accept a point judging by the first 45 !!!" You never know- you surely cannot be as poor as that in the second period and I think you'll push on to win.

HALF TIME. Fulham go in level at the break after a great strike by Ruiz. In reality though, Cardiff will be kicking themselves for not being out of sight already. Jol will be demanding a massive improvement after the break. What are your views / predictions for the second period? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best when I get back with my brew!

45 (+2)
Richardson wins a throw in 35 yards out on the left. Fulham take and the ref blows for half time.

45 (+1)
Cardiff win a corner on the left. They take and feed the ball to Odemwingie but his shot from 12 yards is blocked before Taylor's cross goes out for a goal kick.

45
GOAL - RUIZ!!!!!! Ruiz scores a fantastic left-footed finish into the top corner from the edge of the box following a pass by Riether to bring Fulham level!!!

44
T-C crosses from six yards on the right but Campbell heads wide from six yards in the box.

44
Whittingham floats the corner into the box and Fulham partially clear before Model volleys well over from the edge of the box.

43
Riether puts a cross from the right out for a corner on the left.

42
Gunnarsson fouls Karagounis for a Fulham free-kick to the left of their box. Amorebieta floats the ball forward but Caulker heads away ahead of Berbatov.

41
Ruiz is on for Kacaniklic as Jol tries to stop Fulham being over run here.

41
Gunnarsson tries to release Odemwingie into the box but Riether clears. Cardiff come again and Kim tries to chip Stockdale from the edge of the box but it goes over.

39
Kasami wins a free-kick midway in the Fulham half off Gunnarsson. Fulham take and Richardson tries to cross into the box from 25 yards on the left but it is over hit and goes out for a goal kick.

37
Cardiff press again and Campbell cannot direct his header on goal from close range from a cross from the right. Taylor retrieves Kim passes into the box but Stockdale gathers again. Cardiff could quite easily be two or three up here.

36
Whittingham takes the corner but this time it is too close to Stockdale who catches the ball.

35
Cardiff press and Taylor wins a corner on the left off Riether.

34
Whittingham takes the corner but the ref blows for an infringement in the box and it is a Fulham free-kick.

33
Karagounis takes the free-kick but Cardiff win the ball and feed the ball to Campbell who shoots from 22 yards on the right and wins a corner on the left off Stockdale.

32
Cardiff take the free-kick and T-C is booked for a challenge on Kacaniklic. It is a Fulham free-kick midway in the Cardiff half.

32
Fulham take the corner but the ref sees an infringement in the box and blows for a Cardiff free-kick in their own box.

31
Fulham break forward and Karagounis shoots from 25 yards on the left, forcing Marshall into a great save to his left to parry the ball out for a corner on the right.

30
Whittingham takes the corner and Stockdale punches away. Cardiff float the ball back into the box and Caulker puts the ball into the net but the ref has blown for a foul on the keeper by Gunnarsson.

29
Campbell gets behind Hangeland and Stockdale has to come out and parry the ball out for a corner on the left.

28
Whittingham floats the corner into the back post. Turner pulls away from Hangeland and has another free-header and this time heads into the goal frame and out for a goal kick from close range. Very poor defending from Hangeland.

27
Whittingham floats the free-kick into the box and Turner gets away from Hangeland and heads at goal from eight yards and Stockdale has to parry over the bar.

26
Cardiff come again and Kasami concedes a free-kick against Kim, 35 yards out to the left of goal.

25
Whittingham floats the free-kick into the box, Turner heads on to the right of goal but it rolls out for a goal kick.

24
Gunnarsson wins a free-kick off Hangeland 40 yards out to the left of goal.

23
Kasami wins a corner on the right off Turner. Fulham take it quickly before Riether crosses into the box from six yards on the right but Turner clears.

22
Cardiff come again but Taylor cannot reach a crossfield ball into the left corner and it goes out for a Fulham goal kick.

22
Taylor crosses from 22 yards on the left touchline but it is just over Kim's head at the far post.

20
Fulham press and Richardson shoots over from the edge of the box to the right of goal.

19
Riether takes the throw in and Fulham keep possession but play the ball back all the way to their keeper, who clears and Cardiff win the ball in the middle.

18
Karagounis takes the corner and Turner heads out for another corner on the left at the near post. Karagounis takes and wins a throw in six yards out on the right.

17
Kasami makes a strong run to the left byline and wins a corner off Kim.

16
Whittingham takes the corner but this time Fulham clear.

15
Whittingham takes the corner and first Caulker's header is blocked, then Turner's header is put out by Sidwell for another corner on the right.

15
Whittingham hits a low cross from 20 yards on the left and Richardson has to put the ball out for a corner at the right at the far post.

14
Bent almost gets onto a long ball on the edge of the box but Caulker clears.

12
GOAL - CAULKER!!!!!!! Whittingham takes the corner and Caulker gets away from his marker and rises unmarked to head home from eight yards in the centre.

12
Cardiff come again and Kim is tackled in the box before Whittingham wins a corner on the left off Riether.

11
Taylor wins a throw in 25 yards out on the left. He takes and tries to release Whittingham into the left corner but Hangeland tracks over and shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.

10
Berbatov tries to release Kasami into the right side of the box but it is over hit and goes out for a goal kick.

9
Fulham take the free-kick and Richardson wins a throw in 25 yards out on the left. They take and Berbatov almost gets onto a long ball from Riether but Turner clears the box.

8
Fulham win a throw in 30 yards out on the right. They take and keep possession before Gunarsson fouls Karagounis for a Fulham free-kick just inside their own half.

7
Parker is injured - not from any tackle - and Karagounis is going to come on.

6
Fulham press and Riether crosses from 15 yards on the right into the box. Caulker partially clears before Sidwell misses a volley on the edge f the box and Cardiff clear.

5
Turner is caught on the ball by Kasami in the box and the ball goes out for a goal kick.

4
Fulham break forward and feed the ball to Bent in the right corner. He crosses across the face of goal but no Fulham player is there and Marshall dives down low to gather.

3
Gunnarsson tries to release Odemwingie into the right corner but it is over hit and Stockdale collects the ball.

2
Kscaniklic wins a throw in ten yards out on the left. Richardson takes but Caulker clears the danger.

1
Fulham get the game underway.

The teams are coming out on the pitch...not long now!

Alan says: "Before the West Brom game a couple of weeks ago I said at home we need to get 3 points . . . But not starting well we haven't played to our best and only got the draw I predicted. I was told I should keep the faith instead of being realistic. Once again I cannot see a win despite on paper it should be. 1-1 and a relegation battle for the Fulham boys this season I think." Great minds think alike Alan, I've gone for 1-1 too!

FIRST VIEW - Peter has been in touch to say: "Fulham have still not recovered from losing Dembele to Spurs more than a year ago. He was in a different class to the other players. He held the team together, linking defence to midfield and forwards. Thanks to him a very average team looked pretty decent. Now he's gone we can no longer hide just how average we really are." Cheers for that Peter, Dembele has shown his worth to Spurs today. My own opinion is I thought you would struggle last season after losing the spine of your team with Murphy, Zamora etc going but you did fine, there's a lot of experience in your squad but home games will be crucial. Any more views? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com

Teams - Fulham go in search of a first Premier League home win since April with a side that shows five changes from that one that beat Everton in the Capital One Cup to ease the pressure on manager Martin Jol. Darren Bent returns to start up front alongside Dimitar Berbatov, but Bryan Ruiz is fit enough only for a place on the bench and Aaron Hughes is not deemed fit enough to be in the squad to face Cardiff. The Bluebirds side show 10 changes from the Capital One Cup loss at West Ham, with Peter Odemwingie the only player retained.

Ref - Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

Teams - Cardiff: Marshall, Taylor, Turner, Caulker, Theophile-Catherine, Kim, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Medel, Odemwingie, Campbell. Subs: Hudson, Noone, Mutch, Cowie, Maynard, Lewis, Bellamy.

Teams - Fulham: Stockdale, Riether, Hangeland, Amorebieta, Richardson, Kasami, Parker, Sidwell, Kacaniklie, Berbatov, Bent. Subs: Senderos, Ruiz, Karagounis, Taarabt, Rodallega, Zverotic, Etheridge.

My view - I reckon its going to be a stalemate here at Craven Cottage, with the spoils shared in a 1-1 draw. I'm going for Berbatov to score first, with the scorecast paying a handome 30/1 with Sky Bet if it comes in! What are your views / predictions? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com

Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 21/20 for a Fulham win, 12/5 for the draw and 5/2 for a Cardiff victory.

Welcome to Craven Cottage where Fulham hosts Cardiff with both teams trying to bounce back from defeats last weekend. What are your views / predictions for today's game? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the afternoon.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
12:45
West Ham v Man City  
15:00
Liverpool v Hull City  
So'ton v Stoke  
S'land v Arsenal  
W Brom v C Palace  
17:30
Swansea v Leicester  
Sunday, 26 October 2014
13:30
Burnley v Everton  
Tottenham v Newcastle  
16:00
Man Utd v Chelsea  
Monday, 27 October 2014
20:00
QPR v A Villa  
Saturday, 01 November 2014
12:45
Newcastle v Liverpool  
15:00
Arsenal v Burnley  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 8 15 22
2 Man City 8 10 17
3 So'ton 8 14 16
4 West Ham 8 4 13
5 Liverpool 8 1 13
6 Man Utd 8 3 12
7 Arsenal 8 2 11
8 Swansea 8 1 11
9 Tottenham 8 -1 11
10 Stoke 8 -1 11
11 Hull City 8 0 10
12 A Villa 8 -8 10
13 Everton 8 0 9
14 W Brom 8 -1 9
15 Leicester 8 -2 9
16 C Palace 8 -3 8
17 S'land 8 -7 8
18 Newcastle 8 -6 7
19 Burnley 8 -9 4
20 QPR 8 -12 4

Updated Tue, 21 Oct 2014

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