Martin Jol will be hoping that his players can build on their 1-0 win at Liverpool by beating Martin O’Neill's men, who struggle to take maximum points from the Stadium of Light
Hughes, Hangeland, Kelly, J-A Riise
Frei, Murphy, Dembele, Duff
Bardsley, O'Shea, Turner, Bridge
McClean, Cattermole, Colback, Sessegnon
Fulham boss Martin Jol is unlikely to make too many changes from the side which delivered the Cottagers their first-ever victory at Anfield in midweek. The only change could be to bring Kerim Frei into the line-up in place of their other promising youngster, Alex Kacaniklic.
Pavel Pogrebnyak is again expected to lead the line with Clint Dempsey playing just off of the Russian forward. As for injuries, Zdenek Grygera (knee), Steve Sidwell (groin) and Bryan Ruiz (metatarsal) have all been ruled out of action until next season.
Martin O’Neill could hand on-loan Wayne Bridge a place in his starting line-up, meaning a reshuffle at the back, with John O’Shea moving into a centre-back position and Matthew Kilgallon dropping to the bench.
Titus Bramble is close to a return to action following a spell out with an Achilles injury and could make the bench. Wes Brown (knee), Connor Wickham (ankle), Sebastian Larsson and Kieran Richardson (both groin) all remain sidelined.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Fulham sit third in the current Premier League form table, having won four, drawn one and lost one of their last six matches.
- Clint Dempsey (pictured right) is the Cottagers' top scorer this season with 16 league goals so far. Dempsey can be backed at 5.50 with 188Bet to score the first goal in this match.
- The reverse fixture earlier in the season at the Stadium of Light finished goalless, although the Black Cats hit the woodwork twice in the match.
- The last seven matches between the two teams have only produced five goals in total; this run of games has included four goalless draws.
- Sunderland have only been leading on one occasion in their last 13 league matches - against QPR.
- The Black Cats' midfielder Lee Cattermole is one of three Premier League players to have received 10 yellow cards this season. The other two are Arsenal’s Alex Song and Blackburn’s Jason Lowe.
- Martin O'Neill has lost just six of his 22 matches in charge of Sunderland but, having started his reign with a run of five wins in six games, he has now seen his team win just twice in their last 12 matches.
- Sunderland currently sit 11th in the table and are targeting a top-10 finish; O'Neill has only ever finished in the bottom half of the table once in his eight seasons as a Premier League manager.