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MATCH PREVIEW: Albion v Fulham

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15:00 31st December 2012

Stats and info for the Baggies' New Year's Day clash (ko 12.45pm)


Interesting facts


Albion have never lost to Fulham at The Hawthorns in the Barclays Premier League. The Baggies last lost to the Cottagers on home soil in a 3-1 Division One defeat on Saturday, December 9, 2000. The Lilywhites have not won at Albion in the top flight since August 1960. 

Cottagers boss Martin Jol played for Albion between 1982 and 1984, making 67 appearances.

Fulham have won only one away fixture this season - a 2-1 victory at Wigan in September.

Albion have not won any of their last six fixtures played on January 1. A Danny Dichio brace, in addition to goals from Andy Johnson and Jason Roberts, earned the Baggies a 4-0 triumph over Stockport in their last New Year’s Day triumph in 2002. 

Fulham beat the Baggies 3-2 at The Hawthorns on New Year’s Day 1992.   
 

Last time out


HOME: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, September 24, 2011, Albion 0 Fulham 0

AWAY: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, September 15, 2012, Fulham 3 (Berbatov 32, pen 45, Sidwell 89) Albion 0 


Form guide (last six league matches)

ALBION: LLDWWL
FULHAM: LWLLDL


Last league match line-ups

ALBION (v Man Utd – away L 2-0): Foster; Jones, McAuley, Tamas, Ridgewell; Thorne, Brunt (Morrison 75); Dorrans (Fortune 82), Rosenberg (Lukaku 67), Odemwingie; Long. Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Jara Reyes, Dawson, El Ghanassy.

FULHAM (v Swansea – home L 1-2): Stockdale; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Briggs; Frei (Senderos 84), Sidwell, Dejagah (Rodallega 76), Karagounis; Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs not used: Etheridge (gk); Kelly, Riise, Baird, Richardson.  


Fulham team news

Martin Jol is hoping to have Mark Schwarzer (neck), Damien Duff (calf) and Mahamadou Diarra (knee) available after all three missed the Cottagers’ 2-1 defeat by Swansea on Saturday. 


Ref watch

Mike Dean will referee Tuesday's game. The Wirral official last oversaw the Baggies in their 4-2 victory at Sunderland in November. He has dished out 74 yellow and two red cards in 19 games this term.


Betting

Selected odds from Bet Butler:

Albion to win: evens

Fulham to win: 31/10

Draw: 27/10

Shane Long to score first: 6/1

Dimitar Berbatov to score first: 15/2

If you fancy a flutter with the club's official online betting partner, click here.


Tickets

This game is a home sell-out. Supporters without a ticket are urged not to travel to the stadium.


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