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  • 15 October 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
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Stoke City - Fulham Preview: Tony Pulis' men eager to end month-long wait for Premier League win

Stoke City - Fulham Preview: Tony Pulis' men eager to end month-long wait for Premier League win

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While the hosts' season has stalled, Cottagers boss Martin Jol will be eager for his charges to build on the 6-0 demolition of QPR that handed them their first league victory


PROBABLE LINEUPS

STOKE CITY

Begovic
Wilkinson, Shawcross, Woodgate, Wilson
Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington
Walters, Crouch
FULHAM
 
Schwarzer
Grygera, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise
Dempsey, Murphy, Sidwell, Dembele
Zamora, Johnson
Although absentees Kenwyne Jones and Wilson Palacios have returned to training, but Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is expected to resist the urge to start the pair. Winger Matthew Etherington is likely to be on the team-sheet after he recovered from the dead leg that saw him miss the 2-0 defeat to Swansea City last time out. But midfielder Salif Diao is still out with a fractured cheekbone.

Fulham boss Martin Jol's plans have been hit by a series of injuries during the international break. A knee injury has put to Bryan Ruiz's involvement on hold, while thigh and ankle knocks have ruled out Swiss pair Philippe Senderos and Kerim Frei.

Long-term absentee Simon Davies also remains sidelined with a knee injury. But in better news, Aaron Hughes has recovered from the groin strain that ruled him out of going on international duty for Northern Ireland.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • In 70 meetings in all competitions, Stoke City have won 26, Fulham have won 29 and there have been 15 draws.
  • Fulham's 6-0 victory against Queens Park Rangers was their first of the season.
  • Stoke have not tasted victory in the league since the September 10, when they achieved a 1-0 victory over Liverpool.
  • Stoke new-boy Peter Crouch has scored three goals in his last five games against Fulham.
  • Seventy five per cent of the goals Stoke have conceded this term have been in the first half - the highest proportion in the division.
  • Fulham's Clint Dempsey has scored three goals in his last four games against Stoke.
  • Team-mate Bobby Zamora has scored four times in his last five league matches.
  • Martin Jol's last 17 matches in the Premier League - 10 with Tottenham Hotspur in 2007-08 and seven this term with Fulham - have resulted in seven defeats, eight draws and two wins.
  • Stoke's misfiring attack has scored just four goals in their last nine league fixtures.
  • Stoke's tally of 17 shots on target this season is the lowest in the league.

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Available Squads
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
24Rory DelapMidfielder
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
7Jermaine PennantMidfielder
25Peter CrouchStriker
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
4Robert HuthDefender
30Ryan ShottonDefender
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
15Salif DiaoDefender
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
10Cameron JeromeStriker
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
-Brede HangelandDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
3John Arne RiiseDefender
6Chris BairdDefender
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
4Steve SidwellMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
30Mousa DembeleStriker
8Andy JohnsonStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
38Neil EtheridgeGoalkeeper
17Matthew BriggsDefender
2Stephen KellyDefender
20Dickson EtuhuMidfielder
16Damien DuffMidfielder
10Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
9Orlando SáStriker
Players to Watch
Matthew Etherington
Matthew Etherington
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 26
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Stoke looked short of ideas and quality last time out against Swansea, with much of this deficit due to the absence of Matthew Etherington.

The return of the twin supply of the ex-Spurs man and Jermaine Pennant is exactly what summer signing Peter Crouch needs to continue troubling the scorers.
B. Zamora
B. Zamora
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
Fulham's Bobby Zamora has hit the ground running this term while his team-mates have struggled.

Scoring four goals in his last five league gamesshould have  put him back in England manager Fabio Capello's thoughts while giving the Cottagers the ammunition necessary to climb back up the table.
Prediction
Stoke are on the slide and now meet a Fulham team that appeared to have started to turn the corner before the international break. Expect the two sides to cancel each other at the Britannia.
Editor's Prediction
Fulham 1

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