Stoke v Fulham

20 September 2010 12:25
Eidur Gudjohnsen, who came on as a substitute for Stoke against West Ham on Saturday, could be handed a starting place for Tuesday's cup tie.Kenwyne Jones, Jermaine Pennant and Jon Walters all picked up knocks at the weekend and are among those likely to be rested. [LNB]Fulham manager Mark Hughes is also tipped to make changes. [LNB]Hughes is without Rafik Halliche and Fredrik Stoor, who are sidelined with groin injuries. [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW This is one of six all-Premier League ties in this round, and involves two clubs that have tended to struggle against top-flight opposition in the League Cup. [LNB]Last season, Stoke were knocked out by struggling Portsmouth in the Potters' first match against a Premier League team in 16 ties. Fulham, meanwhile, have not knocked out a side from the top division since they beat Birmingham six years ago. [LNB]Having thrashed Stoke's neighbours Port Vale 6-0 in the previous round - the London club's largest ever win in this competition - Fulham are now looking to progress to the last 16 for the first time since they reached the quarter-finals in 2004/05. [LNB]Stoke, League Cup finalists in 1964 and winners in 1972, have made a disappointing start to their season, whereas unbeaten Fulham are seventh in the table and defying predictions that they could fade following the summer departure of manager Roy Hodgson. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• Stoke have won 25 and Fulham 27 of the 67 competitive meetings between these clubs. Both have scored 97 goals against each other. [LNB] Have your say on the game • They have met only once before in the League Cup: a second-round tie in 1994, which Stoke won on away goals. [LNB]Stoke[LNB]• Stoke have reached the fourth round in the last two seasons. Before that, they went out in the first two rounds seven years in a row. [LNB]• Spanning last season, the Potters have won only three of their last 10 home matches. [LNB]Fulham[LNB]• Fulham, League Cup quarter-finalists in 1968, 1971 and 2000, have drawn all three of their away matches this term. [LNB]• If selected, goalkeeper David Stockdale will be making his 100th career appearance.

Source: BBC_Sport