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MATCH PREVIEW: Fulham v Albion

14 September 2012

Stats and info for Saturday's trip to West London (ko 3pm)

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Interesting facts

The Baggies head to Fulham unbeaten in their last four Barclays Premier League away games. Albion last lost on the road in a 4-0 defeat by champions Manchester City in April. 

Zoltan Gera returns to Craven Cottage for the first time since joining Albion in August 2011. The Hungary international was voted Fulham’s Player of the Year for the 2009/10 season. 

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

Albion have got off to their best-ever Premier League start with two wins and one draw from their first three fixtures. It is their finest opening to a top-flight season since 1978/79 – 34 years ago.   

Fulham have lost only one of their last 11 home Premier League games, winning eight and drawing two. During that period they have scored 27 and conceded 12 goals. 


Last time out

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

AWAY: Barclays Premier League, Wednesday, February 1, 2012, Fulham 1 (Dempsey 69) Albion 1 (Tchoyi 82)


Form guide (last six league matches)

ALBION: DDLWDW
FULHAM: WWLWLL


Last league match line-ups

ALBION (v Everton – home W 2-0): Foster; Reid (Jones 53), McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Dorrans (Odemwingie 58), Morrison, Fortune; Long (Brunt 76). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Dawson, Rosenberg, Gera.

FULHAM (v West Ham – away L 3-0): Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff, Diarra, Sidwell, Richardson (Kačaniklić, 60); Petric (Berbatov, 45), Rodallega. Subs not used: Stockdale (gk), Kelly, Baird, Briggs, Kasami


Fulham team news

Martin Jol is hoping to have Bryan Ruiz available for selection after the Costa Rican missed defeats at Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham United with a slight hamstring problem.

Dimitar Berbatov could make his full debut after coming off the bench at Upton Park.

Phillipe Senderos (ankle), Kerim Frei (groin) and Simon Davies (neck) are all long-term absentees for Fulham. 


Ref watch

Roger East will referee Saturday's game. The Wiltshire official is refereeing only his second Barclays Premier League game but oversaw the Baggies in last season’s 4-1 Capital One Cup victory at Bournemouth. He has dished out one red and 19 yellow cards in seven games this term.


Betting

Selected odds from Bet Butler:

Fulham to win: 11/10

Albion to win: 3/1

Draw: 5/2

Romelu Lukaku to score first: 8/1

Dimitar Berbatov to score first: 13/2

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


Tickets

This game is sold out. 


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