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Derby v Fulham - Squad News

last updated Wednesday 02nd January 2002, 12:04 PM


Fulham have no new injury worries after their clash with Manchester United and although the Cottagers did not win Boss Tigana is likely to keep faith with the line-up that went down 3-2.

Fulham midfielder Lee Clark faces at least another week on the sidelines with the strained calf he sustained in the early stages of the 0-0 Boxing Day draw with Charlton.

Steve Marlet seems to have made a good recovery from injury underlining his recovery by scoring in the 3-2 Man Utd defeat. However Jean Tigana may want to protect him a little longer and keep him on the subs bench for another game.

Fulham (from):

Edwin van der Sar(G),

Steve Finnan(D), Andy Melville(D), Alain Goma(D), Rufus Brevett(D),

Luis Boa Morte(A/M), Sylvain Legwinski(M), John Collins(M), Steed Malbranque(A/M),

Louis Saha(A), Bazza Hayles(A),

Maik Taylor(G), Zak Knight(D), Sean Davis(M), Andrejs Stolcers(A), Steve Marlet(A).

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Chris Riggott should continue for Derby against Fulham after suffering no reaction to a calf injury in the Rams' 1-0 win over Blackburn.

Giorgi Kinkladze (neck) and Youl Mawene (ankle) are fighting for fitness.

Argentina defender Horacio Carbonari is ready to re-ignite his career at the Rams. Carbonari's first start of the campaign after a number of injury problems coincided with the club's first away win - and the 30-year-old looks set to retain his place against the Cottagers after his promising performance at Blackburn.


Mart Poom(G), Lee Grant(G),

Chris Riggott(CD), Horacio Carbonari(CD), Steve Elliott(CD), Danny Higginbotham(D), Francois Grenet(D), Luciano Zavagno(D), Youl Mawene(D),

Paul Boertien(M), Pierre Ducrocq(M), Darryl Powell(M), Adam Bolder(M), Georgi Kinkladze(M),

Benito Carbone(A), Fabrizio Ravanelli(A), Malcolm Christie(A), Deon Burton(A),

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Fulham, on paper, are a far better squad than Derby with, Edwin van der Sar the 5th most inform Premiership keeper, John Collins and Sylvain Legwinski the 3rd and 10th respectively most inform Premiership midfielders. The Cottagers as a squad are the 3rd best passing side in the league. However we do not have a player who has scored as many as Fabrizio or has had as many shots on target.

One of the major differences between the two squads is in terms of offside statistics. Derby have 4 players in double figures, Fabrizio has clocked up 35 offsides while Fulham has Barry Hayles with 9 offsides and Louis Saha with 4. Andy Melville and the rest of the defence could be busy on Wednesday evening.

League stats Derby Fulham
Goal Scorers Fabrizio Ravanelli(8)
Malcolm Christie (4)
Bazza Hayles (6)
Steed Malbranque(4)
Louis Saha (4)
Shots on Target Fabrizio Ravanelli(23)
Malcolm Christie (13)

Deon Burton (11)
Louis Saha (15)
Bazza Hayles (14)
Successful passes Fabrizio Ravanelli(501)
Darryl Powell(458)

Youl Mawene (436)
Steve Finnan (845)
John Collins (808)
Rufus Brevett(777)
Sean Davis(619)
Successful Tackles Luciano Zavagno(46)
Youl Mawene (45)
Paul Boertien(36)

John Collins (65)
Sylvain Legwinski(48)
Luis Boa Morte (46)
Steve Finnan (45)

Fouls won Darryl Powell(43)
Fabrizio Ravanelli(31)
Danny Higginbotham(29)
Louis Saha (66)
Luis Boa Morte (45)
Steed Malbranque(36)
Bazza Hayles (35)
Fouls conceded Darryl Powell(34)
Fabrizio Ravanelli(31)
Deon Burton(23)
Youl Mawene (23)
Barry Hayles (56)
Luis Boa Morte (37)
Sylvain Legwinski(34)
Yellow Cards Danny Higginbotham(6)
Fabrizio Ravanelli(4)
Chris Riggott(4)
Luis Boa Morte (5)
Sylvain Legwinski(4)
Sean Davis (3)
Barry Hayles (3)
Red Cards Benito Carbone(1)
Brian O'Neil(1)
Luis Boa Morte (1)
stats from opta.co.uk

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