Brentford vs Fulham
Saturday 2 December
Griffin Park, 3pm
Sky Bet Championship
Back-to-back Sky Bet Championship wins have elevated Fulham into the top half of the table as they look to recover from a slow start to the season under Slaviša Jokanović. Defeated by Reading in last season's Play-Off semi-finals, many expected The Whites to be among the pace-setters this campaign but it hasn't turned out that way so far.
Jokanovic's side failed to win any of their first four in the league but then looked to find some form in September and October, taking 14 points from seven games, including wins over Ipswich Town, Hull City, Nottingham Forest and QPR. A six game winless run followed before an incredible 5-4 victory at Sheffield United ten days ago and Saturday's home win over Millwall.
The free-scoring Whites netted 85 goals in 46 league games last campaign but have found things much tougher in front of goal this campaign, scoring just 25 in their opening 19 games.
Fulham will definitely be without Floyd Ayite and Lucas Piazon for their trip to Griffin Park and there are question marks over Tim Ream and Kevin MacDonald after they both missed last weekend's win over Millwall. For The Bees, Neal Maupay is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign on Monday night, Florian Jozefzoon is a doubt, while Henrik Dalsgaard, Alan Judge, and Rico Henry are all out injured.
Slaviša Jokanović had a stellar playing career, winning 64 international caps for Yugoslavia and FR Yugoslavia and playing at the 1998 World Cup. He won the Spanish and Yugoslav titles and also had two seasons in the Premier League with Chelsea when he was in his 30s.
He moved in to coaching and was soon appointed Head Coach at Fudbalski klub Partizan, in Belgrade, where he also spent three years as a player. He won two doubles before leaving in 2009 and has had a nomadic career since which has included working in Bulgaria, Spain and Thailand as well as England. He led Watford to promotion from the Sky Bet Championship in 2015 and nearly repeated the feat at Fulham last May.
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iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm tonight with Mark Burridge hosting Matchday Live alongside Marcus Gayle, and Mick Cabble.