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Match Preview: Fulham

Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's crucial West London derby

13 April 2018

Brentford head to Craven Cottage on Saturday 14 April in the Sky Bet Championship with everything on the line.

The Bees are in search of a fourth win in four to keep chasing the Play-Off places, while The Whites are desperate to secure the second automatic promotion spot. It's all set to be a thriller on the banks of The Thames.

The Opposition

Fulham host Brentford tomorrow evening in front of the Sky Sports cameras with both sides hoping the other slips up. Should Fulham win, Brentford will need other results to go their way if they want to keep charging for the top six. Should The Bees come out on top, it's all to play for going into the final four games of the 2017/18 campaign.

A slow start to the season saw Fulham needing to clamber out of the bottom half of the table, much like their neighbours in TW8. A string of good results in the winter months, including a 5-4 win over Sheffield United and a 1-0 win against Millwall, dragged the side into the upper reaches of the league. Recruiting Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrović, as well as the form of both Tom Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon, has gone a long way to keeping them there.

On 2 November, goals from Sergi Canos, Ollie Watkins and Romaine Sawyers saw Brentford triumph 3-1 at Griffin Park in the reverse fixture. Denis Odoi saw red that day early in the second half, allowing The Bees to cruise to three points and leapfrog Fulham in the standings.

Fulham haven't lost in 20 league games, last overcome by a shock result at Sunderland in December. Their last three games have been wins, like their opponents tomorrow. Leeds United went down 2-0 on 3 April, before two successive 1-0 wins against Sheffield Wednesday and Reading.

Team News

Ryan Woods could return for Dean Smith's side following his three-match suspension after a red card against Sheffield United in March. Florian Jozefzoon missed the trip to Nottingham Forest with an ankle problem but is also looking likely to be involved. 

Chiedozie Ogbene gave Smith something to think about during his debut against Forest on Tuesday, the youngster impressing after coming on as a second-half substitute.

Fulham have no injury concerns to worry themselves with, but do have three players only one booking away from a two-game suspension. That includes goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and full-back Ryan Fredericks. If Jokanović opts to swap his stopper for the match, it could see former Brentford man David Button don the gloves as he did at Griffin Park in November.

The Manager

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 into 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.

Pre-Match Views

Dean Smith: 'The lads are full of confidence'

We Meet Again: Fulham

Ref Watch: Neil Swarbrick in charge at The Cottage

Neal Maupay: 'Everyone has to be ready for it'

Match Coverage

iFollow goes live from Craven Cottage at 5pm as Matchday Live is hosted by Mark Burridge. Get full commentary of the game as he is joined by Marcus Gayle to talk all things Brentford in opposition territory.

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