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Premier League

  • 24 September 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: S. Attwell
  • • Attendance: 23835

West Brom – Fulham Preview: Both sides look to find their way out of the relegation zone after disappointing starts to the season

After three points from five matches, the hosts will want their first win at The Hawthorns whilst Martin Jol's men will want to take home three points for the first time



Reid, Olsson, Dawson, Shorey
Morrison, Scharner, Mulumbu, Thomas
Long, Odemwingie


Kelly, Hangeland, Baird, JA Riise
Dempsey, Murphy, Sidwell, Duff
Zamora, Dembele

Chris Brunt and Zoltan Gera are approaching full fitness and could both start for the hosts, but Gabriel Tamas will miss out as part of his ban for elbowing James Vaughan against Norwich.

Aaron Hughes is a doubt for Fulham after he had to be taken off during the first half of the game against Blackburn Rovers, while Bjorn Helge Riise may be unavailable due to the hamstring problem sustained after the game against RNK Split.

Dickson Etuhu missed the recent Europa League clash against Twente due to a thigh problem and is also a doubt for this fixture.

  • In 33 matches at The Hawthorns between the sides, West Brom have 20 wins to Fulham’s seven and 76 goals to Fulham’s 37.
  • West Brom won 2-1 in this fixture last year.
  • Both sides are in the relegation zone after earning three points from five matches this season, with West Brom bottom and Fulham 18th.
  • In the last 12 meetings between the sides the away team has never left with three points, going way back to Fulham’s win in the Midlands in 2000. 
  • Fulham had 16 draws last season and already have three this year, all at Craven Cottage.
  • Fulham haven’t led in a single league game this year.
  • Martin Jol hasn’t won a match in the Premier League since a 4-0 win against Derby County as Tottenham Hotspur manager on 18th August 2007.
  • Damien Duff needs one more goal for his 50th in the Premier League.
  • Peter Odemwingie (pictured right) and Shane Long hit 38 league goals for their respective teams last year, which was only 11 less than the entire Fulham side managed in the same time.
  • West Brom have lost double the number of games in five matches this season (four) than they lost in their final 13 last year (two).

Players to watch

P. Odemwingie

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Injury has limited the striker to just a handful of appearances this season, but he has already scored a winning goal against Norwich. Shane Long has come in from Reading and started well, but if the Nigerian can replicate his form of last year then he will kick-start West Brom’s campaign after a difficult start.

B. Zamora

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The striker has had to deal with injury set-backs since missing out on a pace in England's World Cup squad last summer, and has not quite got back to the form he showed in 2010. A goal against Manchester City has opened up his Premier League account for this season and Martin Jol will want the former West Ham man to take advantage of a leaky West Brom defence to earn them their first win of the season.

Editor's Prediction

Both teams have plenty of firepower up front and a lack of confidence might make it a somewhat nervy encounter, but Fulham’s record away from home suggests that it will be Roy Hodgson’s men who will end the day outside of the relegation zone.

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