Fulham v West Brom

03 January 2011 12:28
Fulham's first-choice goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is on international duty at the Asian Cup so David Stockdale will make his first appearance since August.Striker Moussa Dembele could make a welcome return after seven weeks out with an ankle injury. [LNB]West Brom are likely to be without Pablo Ibanez and Stephen Reid who were both forced off in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United. [LNB]Defender Gonzalo Jara is at least available after again a one-match ban. [LNB][LNB]Fulham[LNB]Injured/unavailable: Briggs & Senderos (both calf), Schwarzer (international duty), Stoor (groin), Zamora (leg) [LNB]West Brom[LNB]Suspended: Tamas (two matches) [LNB]Doubtful: Ibanez (ankle), Reid (knee) Injured: Olsson (Achilles) [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW When these sides met at the Hawthorns in October, West Brom climbed into the top four with a 2-1 win.[LNB] We feel very confident in our ability to climb the league very quickly Fulham manager Mark Hughes The Baggies have lost eight out of 11 matches since then while Fulham have plummeted into the relegation zone. As a result, this return match has a very different feel to it. [LNB]A win for Fulham would take them out of the bottom three and above West Brom. It would also relieve some of the pressure on Mark Hughes, whose side are eight points and nine places worse off than they were at this stage last season under Roy Hodgson. [LNB]Baggies Head Coach Roberto di Matteo says keeping his team in the Premier League would be the greatest achievement of his career. Given that he won 34 caps for Italy and scored the quickest-ever FA Cup Final goal at the old Wembley for Chelsea, it shows the size of the challenge facing his side this season. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• Fulham have not lost at home to West Brom in the league since October 1967, a run of 11 games. [LNB]• The clubs have met 75 times in all, with West Brom leading by 36 wins to 24, including a 2-1 win at the Hawthorns in October. [LNB][LNB] Have your say on this match Fulham[LNB]• Fulham have failed to win their last five games at Craven Cottage, since beating Wigan 2-0 on 30 October. [LNB]• The Cottagers lost all four league matches in January last season. [LNB]• This is Fulham's 10th consecutive season in the top flight, since winning promotion in 2001. [LNB]• Fulham have three former West Brom players in their squad - Zoltan Gera, Jonathan Greening and Diomansy Kamara. [LNB]West Brom[LNB]• West Brom have lost their last four league matches, slipping from eighth place in the table to 14th. [LNB]• The Baggies have missed four of their last five penalties in the Premier League. [LNB]• West Brom have not kept a clean sheet in an away league game since beating Swansea City 2-0 on 16 March last season. [LNB]• If he plays, James Morrison will make his 200th club career appearance. [LNB][LNB] LEADING GOALSCORERS [LNB]Fulham[LNB]Dempsey: 6 goals (5 league) [LNB][LNB]West Brom[LNB]Odemwingie: 6 goals (6 league) [LNB][LNB] MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Martin Atkinson [LNB]Assistant referees: Simon Beck & Martin Yerby [LNB]Fourth official: Stuart Attwell [LNB][LNB] LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS Fulham (L0-1 v Tottenham, a): Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Pantsil, Murphy, Duff (Gera 82), Etuhu, Davies, Dempsey, Andrew Johnson. Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Salcido, Kamara, Dikgacoi, Greening, Halliche. [LNB]West Brom (L1-2 v Man Utd, h): Carson, Reid (Zuiverloon 64), Scharner, Pablo (Tchoyi 71), Cech, Mulumbu (Fortune 90), Dorrans, Brunt, Morrison, Thomas, Odemwingie. Subs Not Used: Myhill, Miller, Shorey, Cox.

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