Fulham v Birmingham preview
The Premier League game between Fulham and Birmingham City at Craven Cottage on Saturday Nov 27 2010 kicks off at 15:00
Fulham's encouraging start to the season has been undermined by a run of four defeats from their last seven league games. Mark Hughes' men also tamely succumbed to his former side Manchester City.
After the 4-1 defeat by Manchester City, Fulham are out of the relegation zone only by virtue of goal difference.
Mark Hughes's team have won just once of their last 10 Premier League games, taking one point from the last three.
Fulham striker Andrew Johnson is looking to return to the form of yesteryear. He completed his first 90 minutes since January last weekend as he continues his recovery from knee and shoulder injuries.
The 29-year-old started his career at Birmingham, and was part of the Blues' squad that was promoted to the Premier League after a 16-year exile in 2002.
Birmingham last won at Fulham in December 2004. But they have lost one of their last six and have taken four points off Manchester City and Chelsea.
The Blues are yet to win in seven away league matches this season, an unwanted record shared only by Fulham, Wolves and West Ham. Their last win on their travels came at Portsmouth during March.
Fulham still miss Bobby Zamora and Moussa Dembele, along with Fredrik Stoor and Philippe Senderos. Birmingham test Craig Gardner and must decide whether to keep faith with Lee Bowyer, whose goal beat Chelsea. They are still without James McFadden.
Fulham (Probable, 4-4-1-1):
Schwarzer; Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Salcido; Duff, Murphy, Etuhu, Davies; Dempsey; A Johnson.
Birmingham (Probable, 4-4-2):
Foster; Carr, Dann, Johnson, Ridgewell; Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, Fahey; Zigic, Jerome.
Howard Webb. Matches: 11. R1 Y40.
Birmingham 1 Fulham 0, Fulham 2 Birmingham 1.
Stat of the game:
Fulham need three goals for 400 in Premier League football.