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  • 11 December 2010
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Fulham - Sunderland Preview: No fresh injury worries for hosts, while Gordon and Gyan are doubts for Black Cats

Fulham - Sunderland Preview: No fresh injury worries for hosts, while Gordon and Gyan are doubts for Black Cats

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Fulham


Manager Mark Hughes has no fresh injury concerns, after last week’s narrow defeat against Arsenal. However, the injury list at Craven Cottage continues to remain long with a host of important players still on the treatment table.

Bobby Zamora (broken leg) and defender Philippe Senderos (Achilles) are a long way off full fitness and will not return until early next year, while Carlos Salcido is still out with an ankle injury.

Hughes will also be without Moussa Dembele, but the striker should be ready to return for next weekend's clash against Liverpool at Anfield.

Possible starting XI: Schwarzer; Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Kelly; Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey; Gera; Kamara.

Sunderland

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon and striker Asamoah Gyan are the main doubts for Steve Bruce for the game at Craven Cottage.

Gordon picked up a hamstring injury in training earlier this week, so back-up Simon Mignolet is on standby, while Gyan is struggling with a toe problem.

Meanwhile, Bruce will still be without defenders Titus Bramble and Michael Turner (both knee), Matt Kilgallon (back), Andy Reid (hamstring) and Fraizer Campbell (knee).

Possible starting XI: Mignolet; Onuoha, Ferdinand, Mensah, Bardsley; Zenden, Cattermole, Henderson, Richardson; Bent, Welbeck.

Cottagers still looking for win

The defeat at the Emirates last week saw Fulham’s run of games without a win stretch six, which has now seen them slide to 17th in the table. However, they will be buoyed by the fact that they beat Sunderland in this fixture last year, winning by a one goal margin.

The Cottagers will want a positive result in front of their home fans having only won two games all season, and the heat will be on manager Mark Hughes if the results do not turn around quickly.

Black Cats on form


Sunderland have steadily improved while Steve Bruce has been in charge and sit comfortably in seventh place and within reach of a European place.

Since the humiliating defeat against bitter rivals Newcastle, the Black Cats have only lost once, and have boasted wins against Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford and beat lowly West Ham last weekend.

But Bruce will know they will face a battle to beat Fulham, having only beaten them once in six games at Craven Cottage.

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Available Squads
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
4John PaintsilDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
5Brede HangelandDefender
3C. SalcidoDefender
29Simon DaviesMidfielder
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
20Dickson EtuhuMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
22Zoltán GeraMidfielder
-Diomansy KamaraStriker
13David StockdaleGoalkeeper
6Chris BairdDefender
2Stephen KellyDefender
16Damien DuffMidfielder
27Jonathan GreeningMidfielder
7Eddie JohnsonStriker
8Andy JohnsonStriker
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
-Anton FerdinandDefender
5John MensahDefender
2Phil BardsleyDefender
33Lee CattermoleMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
7David MeylerMidfielder
15Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker
1Craig GordonGoalkeeper
-Marcos AngeleriDefender
14Paulo Da SilvaDefender
27Ahmed El MohamadyMidfielder
7Boudewijn ZendenMidfielder
17Steed MalbranqueMidfielder
3Asamoah GyanStriker
Players to Watch
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 2
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The American has led the line for the Cottagers in the absence of Dembele and Zamora, and has done so with great effect. Although not an out and out striker, he has scored five goals this season and will be looking to add to his tally against Sunderland.
Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The midfielder has been in excellent form this season and thoroughly deserved his call up to the England senior side. He has been the strings in the centre of the park for the Black Cats this season, along with captain Lee Cattermole, and backed up his performances with a goal against West Ham last weekend.
Prediction
The Cottagers will see this as an opportunity to resurrect their season and get back to winning ways, but Sunderland will provide a stern test. The Black Cats have been performing well this season but I can see the home fans getting behind their team to spur Fulham on towards victory.
Editor's Prediction
Fulham 2

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