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August 18, 2011 7:30 PM BST
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ P. Kralovec‎
Attendance:‬ 14823‎
 
38′ Aaron Hughes
 
 
 

Fulham - Dnipro Preview: Martin Jol's side looking for 20th straight home game in Europe without defeat

The Cottagers take on Juande Ramos' Ukrainian outfit in the final match before the group stage, and will be looking to keep up their impressive record at home in Europe

By Sam Bisby

Martin Jol, Fulham
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PROBABLE LINEUPS
FULHAM

Schwarzer
Baird, H
ughes, Hangeland, J.A. Riise
Dempsey, Etuhu, Murphy, Duff
Zamora, Johnson
DNIPRO

Lastuvka
Inkoom, Mandzyuk, Cheberyachko, Strinic
Giuliano, Rotan, Konoplyanka, Boateng
Matheus, Kalinic

Fulham boss Martin Jol is expected to name a similar line-up to the one that started in the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa at the weekend. The most likely of the starters to miss out from Saturday is centre-back Philippe Senderos, who has had an injury-hit spell at Craven Cottage and may not be risked ahead of Sunday's clash with Wolves.

Meanwhile, Dnipro, who go into the game off the back of a 3-1 loss to rivals Shakhtar Donetsk, look set to welcome defender Samuel Inkoom back to the starting line-up, while former Blackburn Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic could also start.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Fulham have qualified for Europe three times, including this current campaign. Their first appearance was in the now defunct Intertoto Cup, but their most successful attempt in Europe came during the 2009-10 season, when they lost to Atletico Madrid in the final of the Europa League.
  • The Cottagers have never been beaten on home turf in European competition, winning 15 and drawing four of their matches at Craven Cottage.
  • Including qualifying games, Martin Jol’s side have lost just five games out of 39 on the continent.
  • Dnipro’s best season in Europe’s second tier competition came in the 2004-05 campaign when they reached the last 16 of the then Uefa Cup, but the Ukrainian outfit have failed to pass the play-off stages in their last three attempts.
  • However, they were quarter-finalists on two occasions in the European Cup in 1985 and 1990, losing to Marseille on penalties and Benfica.
  • Dnipro’s name has changed since the team was initially founded, originally starting out as BRIT, relating to the Petrovsky factory that formed the club. At one point the side was sponsored by one of the most powerful factories in the Soviet Union and funded by the state’s Ministry of Defence, until the Ukraine finally became a separate entity and they became Dnipro.


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Europa League ‎(EL)‎ 25 Aug 2011 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 1 - Fulham 0
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Available Squads
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
2Stephen KellyDefender
5Brede HangelandDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
17Matthew BriggsDefender
7Steve SidwellMidfielder
8Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
16Damien DuffMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
-Neil EtheridgeGoalkeeper
3John Arne RiiseDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
15Marcel GecovMidfielder
20Dickson EtuhuMidfielder
30Mousa DembeleStriker
8Andy JohnsonStriker
16Jan LastuvkaGoalkeeper
5Vitaliy Vasyl'ovych MandzyukDefender
14Evgeniy CheberyachkoDefender
19Vitaliy DenisovDefender
4Sergey KravchenkoMidfielder
7Denis KulakovMidfielder
8GiulianoMidfielder
10Yevhen KonoplyankaMidfielder
23Derek BoatengMidfielder
29Ruslan RotanMidfielder
9Nikola KalinicStriker
-Anton KanibolotskiyGoalkeeper
7Samuel InkoomDefender
17Ivan StrinicDefender
11Denys OliynykMidfielder
-Evgeniy ShakhovMidfielder
-Roman ZozulyaStriker
69Aleksey AntonovStriker
Players to Watch
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 2
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The American international’s dynamic approach to the game is one of Fulham’s greatest assets, and the midfielder is vital to the Cottagers' attempts of becoming a force to be reckoned with in Europe.
Prediction
Thursday's visitors from the Ukraine took a heavy defeat to league rivals Shakhtar Donetsk at the weekend and will be looking to wipe that from their memory with a solid result at Craven Cottage. However, Fulham will be no pushovers in their own backyard and will be hoping to give themselves a winning boost for the return leg next week.
Editor's Prediction
Fulham 2
Dnipro 0
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