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Match Preview: Fulham

The info ahead of tomorrow's all West London affair

13 December 2019

We have a chance to move into the top six and make it four straight home Sky Bet Championship wins when Fulham make the trip to Griffin Park on Saturday. All the info you need ahead of tomorrow's sold out derby encounter can be found below.

MATCH FACTS

  • We have lost only one of our past eight league matches against Fulham (W4 D3 L1), a 2-0 defeat in November 2016.
  • Fulham have lost three of their past four league visits here (W1), losing most recently in December 2017 under Slavisa Jokanovic.
  • We have won three consecutive home league games by an aggregate scoreline of 10-1 - we last won four on the bounce at Griffin Park between January-March (a run of five)
  • Fulham will be aiming to avoid a run of three consecutive defeats, which last happened in the Championship back in January 2015.
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored 48.5% of Fulham's Championship goals this campaign (16/33) - the highest percentage of a team's goals scored by a player in the division.
  • Of players to have scored at least three Championship goals this season, Brentford's Josh Dasilva has the highest shot conversion rate (35%), netting six of his 17 total shots.

THE OPPOSITION

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Fulham make the five-mile journey down the A4 on Saturday looking to re-discover some consistency as they aim for an instant return to the Premier League. 

That campaign in the top flight was an unmitigated disaster and left The Whites with a bloated squad. That was trimmed with the departures of Ryan Sessegnon, Lazar Markovic, and Jean Seri, among others, over the summer as Fulham prepared for life back in the second tier under Scott Parker. 

Parker's tenure so far has been characterised by consistent inconsistency. Three straight wins, five without a win, back-to-back wins, one win in five, four straight wins, and two straight defeats, is how The Whites campaign has gone so far. 

As with their campaign two years ago, Fulham have been the team to watch for goals. The Whites 21 league outings have produced 56 goals with Aleksandar Mitrovic top of the Championship goals charts with 16 goals in 20 outings.

THE MANAGER

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Fulham Chairman Shahid Khan named Scott Parker Caretaker Manager in February 2019, and Parker impressed sufficiently in the role to be named permanent Head Coach prior to the final game of the Premier League season. After replacing Claudio Ranieri in what was initially an interim capacity, Parker oversaw an upturn in form which included three consecutive clean sheets and wins in April, which saw him nominated for Manager of the Month.

As a player, Parker began his career at Charlton Athletic, making 145 appearances before moving to Chelsea. After a two-year stay at Stamford Bridge, Parker took in spells with Newcastle United, West Ham United, and Tottenham Hotspur before spending the final four years of his career at Craven Cottage. That career also saw the midfielder pick up 18 caps for England. 

TEAM NEWS

It's as you were with Joel Valencia, Josh Clarke, Sergi Canos, and Nikos Karelis on the treatment table.

For Fulham, Denis Odoi begins a three-match ban after his sending-off in the midweek defeat at Preston.

Steven Sessegnon and Tom Cairney are back in training after illness, while Harry Arter, Bobby Decordova-Reid and Harrison Reed will all be assessed.

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

🆚 Will Oakley of Fulham Focus previews The Whites

⚖ Oliver Langford will be the man in charge on Saturday

MEMORABLE MEETING

TICKET INFO

Saturday's game is a total sell out. However, Season Ticket Holders who are unable to attend can list their seat on the ticket exchange for supporters to buy. 

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