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NSI Runavik v Fulham preview

07 Jul 2011 10:02:00

NSI Runavik v Fulham preview

Team news ahead of Thursday's Europa League first qualifying round second leg between NSI Runavik and Fulham in the Faroe Islands (6.45pm). Fulham go to NSI Runavik on Thursday looking to take the next step on the road to Europa League glory. The Cottagers will arrive in the Faroe Islands as overwhelming favourites to book their place in the second qualifying round following a 3-0 victory in the first meeting between the two sides. A comfortable success on home soil means Martin Jol can afford to shuffle his pack and hand first-team experience to a number of the clubs youngsters. Resting key men will be crucial throughout the competition, with Fulham having made it clear that the Premier League is their priority this season. The 2010 Europa League finalists are keen to enjoy another productive run through continental competition, though, and will be taking nothing for granted in midweek. Jol told the club's official website: "The players should motivate themselves. "I will try everything I can, but when you are 3-0 up it is difficult. But they are professionals and they have to do a professional job." Fulham will be without winger Simon Davies for the return date with Runavik, with a minor knee problem ruling him out. But Jol is keen to give some of his senior players pre-season game time and winger Jonathan Greening, midfielder Steve Sidwell and defenders Stephen Kelly and Philippe Senderos are likely to feature. Full-back Alex Smith and midfielder Kerim Frei have been added to the squad and the young duo could get the chance to stake their claim for a first-team role. The victors on Thursday will set up a second round meeting with IFA Premiership outfit Crusaders.


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