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  • 5 February 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: L. Mason
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Aston Villa - Fulham Preview: Philippe Senderos to face late fitness test as Luke Young visits specialist

Aston Villa - Fulham Preview: Philippe Senderos to face late fitness test as Luke Young visits specialist

TEAM NEWS

Aston Villa


Villa don't have any fresh injury concerns ahead of their clash with Fulham.

Defender Luke Young has been sent to see a specialist to try and solve his back problem.

Fabian Delph and Stephen Warnock also miss out through injury, whilst Nathan Baker is suspended.

Possible starting XI: Friedel; Walker, Collins, Dunne, Clark; Albrighton, Petrov, Downing, A Young; Bent, Agbonlahor.

Fulham

Philippe Senderos and Dickson Etuhu are expected to return to first team action within the next few days and will face late fitness tests.

Bobby Zamora is to return in the next couple of weeks from a broken leg but the game will come too soon for the striker.

Aaron Hughes will definitely miss the game with a hamstring injury.

Possible starting XI: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Baird, Hangeland, Salcido; Duff, Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey; Dembele, A Johnson.

End of a long wait

Fulham will bid to end a disastrous run that hasn't seen them win at Villa Park in the league for over 25 years.

The last time Fulham won at Villa Park in the league was March 1973, where the Cottagers came out 3-2 victors.

Since that fixture the two teams have met 11 times, with Villa winning six of those ties. The remaining five were draws.

Not so mid-table


Both teams are currently sat mid-table in the Premier League at the minute but the way that things are going it could instantly change.

In the worst case scenario Villa could be just one point above the drop zone following the weekend's games and Fulham just two points clear.

Just a few weeks ago Villa found themselves in the bottom three and in a precarious position, but a run of results has seen them rise the league.

Both teams will be anxious to avoid defeat and prevent them being dragged into the scrap once again.

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Editor's Prediction

Both teams are desperate for a win and will do everything they can to gain three points.

Gerrard Houllier and Mark Hughes will undoubtedly be looking towards their attacking players for their input but I can see them cancelling each other out.

This game will either be won or lost in midfield and I can't choose between the two sides so I'm opting for the draw.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Aston Villa

Fulham

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Aston Villa FC AST
Aston Villa FC Aston Villa
Draw
Fulham FC FUL
Fulham FC Fulham
60%
32%

Top 3 Predictions

Aston Villa FC AST
2 - 0
Fulham FC FUL
Aston Villa FC AST
5 - 5
Fulham FC FUL
Aston Villa FC AST
2 - 1
Fulham FC FUL

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