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  • 1 February 2012
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Fulham - West Brom Preview: Visitors looking to upset Martin Jol’s side’s strong form at Craven Cottage

Fulham - West Brom Preview: Visitors looking to upset Martin Jol’s side’s strong form at Craven Cottage

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The hosts have won four of their last five home games, losing only to champions Manchester United, but the Baggies have won three and drawn one of their last five on the road

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
FULHAM

Stockdale
Kelly, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise
Murphy, Sidwell
Duff, Dempsey, Ruiz
Johnson
WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Foster,
Tamas, Olsson, McAuley, Shorey
Thomas, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Morrison
Cox, Long
Martin Jol should have a wide selection of players to pick from, transfer window permitting - but Moussa Dembélé is still a doubt for the match after picking up a hip injury against Blackburn.

Expect Andy Johnson to start if Fulham can resist any late overtures from QPR, with Clint Dempsey looking for his third hat-trick in the space of a month from midfield.

Roy Hodgson, however, has a much longer injury list to contend with as Chris Brunt and Zoltan Gera remain long term injury concerns. Jerome Thomas should be back after picking up a slight ankle knock against Norwich, but don't be surprised if he doesn't make the starting lineup.

The trip to Craven Cottage is also likely to come too early for Paul Scharner. Expect the Baggies to reinstate Shane Long to the starting XI alongside Simon Cox, with Marc Antoine-Fortune dropping to the bench.
DID YOU KNOW?

  • There have been no away wins in the 11 games between the two sides in the Premier League.
  • Fulham have won four of their last five home games in the Premier League, losing only to Manchester United.
  • The Cottagers are the only side not to have conceded any penalties in the Premier League this season.
  • West Brom, meanwhile, have conceded seven - the second highest amount in the division.
  • Bagges manager Roy Hodgson (right) has a win percentage of 34% with the Baggies, the same he had at former club Fulham.
  • West Brom have won three and drawn one of their last five away games in the league.
  • The visitors have kept just one clean sheet in their last 30 away games in the league.
  • They have also scored the highest percentage of goals in the first half, grabbing a whopping 59% of their goals before the break.
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Available Squads
13David StockdaleGoalkeeper
2Stephen KellyDefender
3John Arne RiiseDefender
5Brede HangelandDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
4Steve SidwellMidfielder
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
16Damien DuffMidfielder
29Simon DaviesMidfielder
11Bryan RuizStriker
2Clint DempseyStriker
38Neil EtheridgeGoalkeeper
6Chris BairdDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
10Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
15Marcel GecovMidfielder
21Kerim FreiMidfielder
42Marcello TrottaStriker
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
7James MorrisonMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
-Simon CoxStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
12Márton FülöpGoalkeeper
2Steven ReidDefender
25Craig DawsonDefender
5Somen TchoyiMidfielder
-Scott AllanMidfielder
-Sam MantomMidfielder
29George ThorneMidfielder
Players to Watch
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 2
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The American midfielder has been in fine form for the west London club, scoring two hat-tricks in recent weeks against Charlton and Newcastle, the first by an American player in the Premier League. Expect the Texan to be the home side’s main threat again, as he continues to put in a number of game-changing performances.
James Morrison
James Morrison
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The midfielder offers a good attacking threat, and crashed in the opening goal in his side's last Premier League match away to Stoke from 25 yards. He's definitely a player the hosts need to look out for, with a reputation for spectacular goals – something which could clinch proceedings if the Baggies are to hold tight at Craven Cottage.
Prediction

Fulham's strength over the past few years really has been their home form and I can see it continuing against the Baggies. They tend to play much better in the second half though, and I think West Brom could indeed be in the lead at half-time, so it could be tight. But if Fulham's creative players in attack get on the ball, it should be a win for the home side.

Editor's Prediction
Fulham 3

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