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Fulham at Sunderland - Match Preview

last updated Tuesday 27th January 2009, 2:36 PM

Fulham will be hoping to bounce back on their travels when they face Sunderland following the defeat at West Ham which inflicted the first away loss in The Premier League on The Cottagers since November.

Team Sunderland Fulham
Games Played 22 20
Goal Attempts    
Goals 23 19
Ave Goals per game 1.05 0.95
Shots (excl blocked shots) 206 194
% Shots on Target 40% 43%
% Goals to Shots 11% 10%
Short Passes 6,935 6,971
Long Passes 1,281 1,232
Overall Pass Completion % 75% 75%
Total Crosses 591 451
Cross Completion % 21% 23%
Goals Conceded 32 17
Ave goals conceded per game 1.45 0.85
Tackles 536 452
Tackles Won % 77% 71%
Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions 1400 1295
Fouls 244 245
Yellow Cards 43 21
Red Cards 0 1
Despite being a tough nut to crack, it is worth noting that Fulham have yet to win away from home in the league this season.

It promises to be a competitive match at the Stadium of Light with Roy Hodgson’s side having managed to score on every visit to Sunderland, while the hosts are unbeaten in their last four matches against the Londoners.

Sunderland can find themselves in the bottom three with a defeat and other results going against them, so boss Ricky Sbragia will be looking for big performances from his strike-force of Kenwyne Jones and Djibril Cisse who were rested against Blackburn in the FA Cup.

The towering Jones has scored in both of his Premier League outings against Fulham and he maybe handily supplied by former Cottager, Steed Malbranque, who leads the way in assists this season at Sunderland.

Dean Whitehead and El-Hadji Diouf are also likely to return to the Sunderland starting Xl having also been rested last Saturday and Teemu Tainio is available after serving a one-match ban.

Fulham have no fresh injury concerns with Hodgson likely to reunite Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora in attack having employed Clint Dempsey in a centre forward role during their 4-2 win against Kettering.

Prediction: 1-1

Source Richard Field at Setanta Sport
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