No fresh injury worries for hosts, while Gordon and Gyan are doubts for Black Cats.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.
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.
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.
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