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  • 25 August 2011
  • • 19:30
  • • Dnipro Arena, Dnipropetrovs'k
  • Referee: T. Hagen
  • • Attendance: 12750
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Dnipro - Fulham Preview: Martin Jol’s side aim to secure passage to Europa League group stages after first-leg win

Dnipro - Fulham Preview: Martin Jol’s side aim to secure passage to Europa League group stages after first-leg win

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The Cottagers carry a 3-0 lead into the return leg in the Ukraine, although their Dutch manager has refused to be complacent despite Juande Ramos’ side facing an uphill battle


PROBABLE LINEUPS
DNIPRO

Lastuvka
Kulakov, Mandzyuk, Cheberyachko, Denisov
Giuliano, Rotan, Konoplyanka, Boateng
Matheus, Kalinic
FULHAM

Schwarzer
Hughes, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise
Dempsey, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff
Johnson, Zamora
Dnipro, who head into the return leg after a goalless draw away at Vorskla Poltava, will be hoping former Blackburn Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic can provide the goals. Elsewhere, highly-rated Ghanaian defender Samuel Inkoom could again start from the bench.

Meanwhile, Fulham boss Martin Jol is expected to name a strong squad as he looks to secure his side’s passage through to the group stages of the Europa League. Bobby Zamora could return to the starting line-up in place of Pajtim Kasami, who started against Wolves. However, Simon Davies is not expected to feature again until after the international break.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Dnipro's stadium, the Dnipro Arena, opened on September 15, 2008 and has a capacity of 31,003.
  • The Ukrainian side lost 3-0 to another English side, Middlesbrough, in the Uefa Cup group stages back in 2005-06. 
  • New Dnipro striker Nikola Kalinic scored on his debut for the club against Shakhtar Donetsk on August 13 but was given his marching orders just two minutes later.
  • Fulham’s second-placed finish in the 2009-10 Europa League is the best for an English side since Steve McClaren led Middlesbrough to the same position in the 2005-06 campaign.
  • The Cottagers are looking to qualify for European competition for the third time, following a run in the Intertoto Cup in 2002-03, and their Europa League run two years ago.
  • The current winners trophy, the Bertoni trophy, weighs 15kg and is silver on a yellow marble plinth.

Players to watch

N. Kalinić

Position: Attacker

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The former Blackburn striker will be keen to prove his worth to his new boss after completing his move to Dnipro from Ewood Park earlier this summer.

A. Johnson

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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With Bobby Zamora almost certain to be a regular starter and with Jol confirming his interest in signing another striker, Johnson will be keen to show his manager that he has what it takes to lead the line.

Editor's Prediction

Fulham have not scored a single Premier League goal so far this season, but, despite losing 2-0 to Wolves at the weekend, they have a good defensive record under Martin Jol. I can see the Cottagers holding out for a 0-0 draw in Ukraine.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

Fulham

Wins
1
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk DNI
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Draw
Fulham FC FUL
Fulham FC Fulham
16%
70%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk DNI
0 - 2
Fulham FC FUL
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk DNI
0 - 1
Fulham FC FUL
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk DNI
1 - 1
Fulham FC FUL

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