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02 May 2010 03:00
Fulham v West Ham United

Follow every kick as Fulham take on West Ham United at Craven Cottage in the Premier League
on 02-May-2010, kick off time 15:00

Fulham v West Ham United Live

Fulham and West Ham United meet in a all-London affair on Sunday afternoon at Craven Cottage and the Hammers faithful will be celebrating win, lose or draw against their city rivals. After a turbulent Premier League campaign, Gianfranco Zola's side secured their top-flight status for another campaign after they beat Wigan Athletic 3-2 last Saturday. Coupled with Burnley's 4-0 loss at home to Liverpool, the Hammers are now mathematically safe with two games to go. Fulham manager Roy Hodgson can be forgiven for turning his attention to their unlikely European adventure recently while taking his eye off their domestic commitments. They have collected just five points from their previous five outings but they sit comfortably in mid-table. West Ham have won two, drawn one and lost one of their last four outings and it is this mini-revival that ultimately staved off the threat of relegation. Following six successive defeats from the end of February and the whole of March, their turn of the tables arrived at the desired moment. The visitors will be missing knee victims Jack Collison and Zavon Hines and they will not figure until next season. James Tomkins (ankle), Kieron Dyer (hamstring) and Herita Ilunga (calf) are also missing for the Upton Park side. Fulham could rest chief striker Bobby Zamora as he continues to struggle with an Achilles problem. Fellow frontman Andrew Johnson (knee) is a long-term absentee while USA international midfielder Clint Dempsey is a big doubt with thigh problem. Earlier this season, a last-ditch leveller from Junior Stanislas secured the Hammers a valuable point against Fulham in October. Carlton Cole opened the scoring with a fine header on 16 minutes before Kagisho Dikgacoi was dismissed before the interval, but the Cottagers turned the game on its head at the start of the second half. A penalty from Danny Murphy and a Zoltan Gera effort shocked the home faithful as ten-man Fulham went into the lead. But Stanislas strike two minutes into added-time tied up proceedings.

Source: DSG