Cottagers look to avoid their worst ever start to a Premier League season, while Rovers boss Steve Kean hopes to appease angry fans by ending run of three consecutive defeats
Grygera, Hangeland, Hughes, Baird
Duff, Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey
Salgado, Samba, Dann, Olsson
Formica, N'Zonzi, Petrovic, Hoilett
Fulham boss Martin Jol is likely to hand deadline day signing Bryan Ruiz an immediate debut up front on Sunday with Bobby Zamora not yet ready to return to the starting XI following an ankle knock and Andy Johnson unimpressive so far this term.
In defence, the versatile Chris Baird will likely shift over to left-back to cover for the injured Jon Arne Riise, leaving space for experienced Czech international Zdenek Grygera, a summer arrival from Italian giants Juventus, to make his debut at right-back.
Blackburn will be hoping new boy Scott Dann can slot straight into the centre of defence alongside Christopher Samba and fill the void left by injury to Ryan Nelsen and the departure of Phil Jones to Manchester United over the summer.
Boss Steve Kean is likely to field an attacking lineup in a bid to end his side’s losing start to the season, with Junior Hoilett and Mauro Formica providing attacking threat from the flanks and deadline day signing Yakubu handed his first start alongside David Goodwillie up front.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- If Fulham fail to win on Sunday, they will have suffered their worst ever start to a Premier League season.
- In losing their opening three league matches, Blackburn have made their worst start to a campaign in 64 years. If they lose on Sunday, it will become their worst ever.
- Fulham have only beaten Blackburn twice in the last 10 meetings between the sides, but those two victories happened to come on Rovers’ last two visits to Craven Cottage.
- Recent records suggest there will be goals at Craven Cottage on Sunday; The last goalless meeting between Fulham and Blackburn was in 1983.
- Blackburn have lost seven of their last 10 Premier League matches away from home. Their only victory in that time was the 3-2 win over Wolves on the final day of last season which preserved their top-flight status.
- Liverpool are the only team to have beaten Fulham at Craven Cottage in 2011, inflicting a 5-2 defeat on the west Londoners back in May.
- Blackburn boss Steve Kean (pictured above) has lost 13 out of 27 games since taking charge at Ewood Park last December, and has a win percentage of just 26 per cent.
- Due to their involvement in the Europa League qualifiers, Sunday’s clash will be Fulham’s 12th game of the season.