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Match Preview: Fulham vs Brentford

28 April 2017

All the info ahead of tomorrow's trip to Craven Cottage

Fulham vs Brentford

Saturday 29 April
Craven Cottage 
Sky Bet Championship
Kick-off: 3pm

The Opponents

As if a local derby between Brentford and Fulham needed any more spice, the hosts go into the game knowing that a win would be enough to secure their place in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs. Slaviša Jokanović's side are currently three points clear of seventh-placed Leeds United, but with a far superior goal-difference, after four straight league wins as they seek a return to the top flight after a three-year absence. It was a slow start to the campaign in SW6, and a run of one win in nine in the Autumn threatened to derail their campaign before it got started. However, since November only Brighton and Hove Albion have picked up more points than Fulham and no side in the division can match their 82 league goals.

The goals have been shared out at The Cottage this season with Stefan Johansen and Tom Cairney leading the way on 11 each. Fulham will be without ten-goal striker Chris Martin as he completes his three-game suspension and they are also sweating on the fitness of Johansen after he limped out of last weekend's 4-1 win at Huddersfield Town.

The Manager

Slaviša Jokanović became Fulham’s seventh manager, including interim bosses, in three seasons when he was appointed in December 2015. The 48-year-old gained managerial experience in Serbia, Thailand, Belgium and Spain before moving to Watford in 2014. Under his guidance they were promoted to the Premier League, but he left in the summer of 2015.

A defensive midfielder in his playing days, he spent the majority of his career in Spain but had two seasons with Chelsea before hanging up his boots. Slav was also capped six times for Yugoslavia before the breakup of the country, leading to 58 more caps for newly formed Serbia and Montenegro.

The Match Officials

Referee: Darren Bond
Assistant Referees: Matthew McGrath and Geoffrey Russell
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper

Pre-match Views

Dean Smith: “The fans want to go back to work with a smile on their face, talking about their team winning again”

Maxime Colin calls on Bees to play with freedom against Fulham

Ticket news

Tickets will go off sale at 2pm today and there will be no tickets on sale on the day. Any tickets bought today will be collectable from Griffin Park before 2pm Friday as collections at Craven Cottage will be limited on matchday. Any collections will be from the Ticket Collection booths, next to the Ticket Office in Stevenage Road from 1.30pm. Click here to buy or for more info.

Match Betting

Principal partners 888sport offer the latest odds on tomorrow's meeting.

Bees 21/5
Fulham 13/25
Draw 18/5

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Match Coverage

You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 2.30pm tomorrow, with Mark Burridge and Marcus Gayle.

There will be live match updates on Twitter from 2pm.

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