Match Preview: Fulham v Sunderland

04 December 2009 07:28
FULHAM Schwarzer Konchesky Hangeland Baird Paintsil Hughes Murphy Gera Duff Dempsey Nevland

Bent Jones Reid Cana Richardson Malbranque McCartney Turner Da Silva Bardsley Fulop SUNDERLAND

Sunderland subs (from): Carson (gk), Ferdinand, Nosworthy, Zenden, Henderson, Murphy, Noble, Healy, Campbell. Fulham subs (from): Stockdale (gk), Seol, E Johnson, Riise, Smalling, Davies, Dikgacoi, Greening

SUNDERLAND: Steve Bruce expects to recall Kenwyne Jones after the striker completed his three game suspension. Jones dead leg sustained in reserve action makes him a slight doubt. Centre-back John Mensah is out with a recurrence of a calf problem. Anton Ferdinand is hoping for a recall to the squad after being dropped for last week's trip to Wigan. Suspensions: none Injuries: Gordon (wrist), Cattermole (knee), Mensah (calf) Last five league games: LWLDL Leading league scorer: Bent 9 Next game: vs Portsmouth (H) 12/12/09

FULHAM: Roy Hodgson said after Thursday's Europa League win that the Premier League remains his priority and victory tomorrow would lift his side above Sunderland. Damien Duff, Aaron Hughes and Clint Dempsey should return to Fulham's line-up after starting on the bench against CSKA Sofia in midweek. Simon Davies will be assessed after limping off with a calf injury in Thursday's 1-0 win. Suspensions: None Injuries: Etuhu & Kamara (knee), Johnson (groin) Last five league games: DWLDW Leading league scorer: Dempsey 5 Key Player: Danny Murphy - The midfield playmaker has just returned to the side.

Last season: 0-0 League head to head: Sunderland 20, Fulham 13, Draws 13 Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral) G16 Y53 R2 Ave: 3.43 Last Sunderland game: vs Birmingham (H) 22/09/09 W 2-0 Y3 R0 Odds: H6/5; A13/5; D12/5

It's a fact: Sunderland are on a run of six games without a win on the road and six games undefeated at home. Comment by Scott Wilson: Bruce read the riot act this week and expects his players to end their dreadful record away from home. Prediction: 1-1

Source: Northern_Echo

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