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  • 31 March 2012
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Fulham - Norwich City Preview: Cottagers aiming to end a run of three successive defeats

The Canaries are just one away from the 40-point mark and are travelling to face Martin Jol's side, who could be facing the prospect of a fourth straight defeat


PROBABLE LINEUPS

FULHAM

Schwarzer
Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise
Duff, Diarra, Dempsey, Murphy, Dembele
Pogrebnyak

NORWICH CITY

Ruddy
Martin, Whitbread, Ward, Naughton
Bennett, Howson, Fox, Surman
Jackson, Morison


Fulham are without Andy Johnson, who still has no set return date from a knee injury. The home side are also missing long-term absentees Steve Sidwell (hernia) and Zdenek Grygera (knee).

The Cottagers have lost three in a row and a recall for Danny Murphy would seem a logical choice as manager Martin Jol looks to shore up his midfield. Aaron Hughes is expected to continue in defenc, in place of Philippe Senderos.

Norwich City are without top scorer Grant Holt who was sent off in his last game - Steve Morison will be his likely replacement. Anthony Pilkington is struggling to be fit and, with so many attacking options available to Paul Lambert, there should be no need to risk the winger from the start. A place on the bench is more likely.

Kyle Naughton is also expected to come in at left-back, where he has often been deployed in away games for the Canaries this season.



DID YOU KNOW?
  • Fulham have won seven of their last nine games against Norwich, drawing the other two.
  • The Cottagers have recovered eight points from losing positions at home this season, the most in the Premeir League
  • But only Arsenal (19) and Wolves (14) have recovered more points from losing positions than the Canaries (13).
  • Paul Lambert's side have scored more headed goals than anyone else in the Premier League so far this season.
  • Goalkeeper John Ruddy (pictured right) is expected to make his 75th appearance for Norwich.
  • The Canaries snatched a draw in the reverse fixture with Simeon Jackson grabbing a 90th-minute equaliser on December 31.
  • In each of Fulham's last five games, only one team has scored.

Fulham have won seven of their last nine games against Norwich in all competitions, drawing the other two

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Available Squads
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
2Stephen KellyDefender
3John Arne RiiseDefender
-Brede HangelandDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
16Damien DuffMidfielder
30Mousa DembeleStriker
29Pavel PogrebnyakStriker
11Bryan RuizStriker
2Clint DempseyStriker
-David StockdaleGoalkeeper
14Philippe SenderosDefender
19Mahamadou DiarraMidfielder
20Dickson EtuhuMidfielder
21Kerim FreiMidfielder
11Alexander KacaniklicMidfielder
42Marcello TrottaStriker
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
6Zak WhitbreadDefender
22Elliot WardDefender
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
24Ryan Bennett Defender
11Andrew SurmanMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
25David FoxMidfielder
8Jonny HowsonMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
31Jed SteerGoalkeeper
3Adam DruryDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
-Andrew CroftsMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
10K. JacksonMidfielder
18Aaron WilbrahamStriker
Players to Watch
Mousa Dembele
Mousa Dembele
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 30
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Belgian is very skilful on the ball and having been deployed in a deeper midfield role the last couple of games, he has showcased his passing ability as well.

Dembele has a knack for finding space between the midfield and defence of the opposition and rarely gives the ball away. He is likely to be deployed from deep again and is sure to have a big say on proceedings if Norwich don’t pick him up.
Steve Morison
Steve Morison
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Grant Holt out of the team, Morison will be looking to prove he is worthy of a starting place. The Welsh striker holds the ball up very well and has even chipped in with nine goals this season.

The home side will try to keep possession, so if Norwich can get enough support to Morison they will be dangerous on the counter-attack.
Prediction

Norwich may look to play on the counter-attack in this tricky away tie. Fulham will not want to lose their fourth straight game, especially when their performances have deserved more, and they will want to produce the goods in this match.

Editor's Prediction
Fulham 2

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