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  • 25 August 2011
  • • 19:30
  • • Dnipro Arena, Dnipropetrovs'k
  • Referee: T. Hagen
  • • Attendance: 12750
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Fulham win Aggregate 3 - 1

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.

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Available Squads
16Jan LastuvkaGoalkeeper
7Samuel InkoomDefender
5Vitaliy Vasyl'ovych MandzyukDefender
14Evgeniy CheberyachkoDefender
19Vitaliy DenisovDefender
4Sergey KravchenkoMidfielder
-GiulianoMidfielder
10Yevhen KonoplyankaMidfielder
9D. BoatengMidfielder
-Evgeniy ShakhovMidfielder
9Nikola KalinicStriker
-Anton KanibolotskiyGoalkeeper
17Ivan StrinicDefender
-Denis KulakovMidfielder
-Denys OliynykMidfielder
29Ruslan RotanMidfielder
-Roman ZozulyaStriker
-Aleksey AntonovStriker
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
3John Arne RiiseDefender
-Brede HangelandDefender
6Chris BairdDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
4Steve SidwellMidfielder
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
16Damien DuffMidfielder
19Mousa DembeleStriker
8Andy JohnsonStriker
2Clint DempseyStriker
38Neil EtheridgeGoalkeeper
2Stephen KellyDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
17Matthew BriggsDefender
10Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
15Marcel GecovMidfielder
20Dickson EtuhuMidfielder
Players to Watch
Nikola Kalinic
Nikola Kalinic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 0 0
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.
Andy Johnson
Andy Johnson
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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.
Editor's Prediction
Dnipro 0
Fulham 0

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