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Fulham head North to Sunderland ~ Team News Ch MD22

last updated Friday 15th December 2017, 4:08 PM

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Sunderland vrs Fulham

Championship Match Day 22 1718 Stadium of Light

Saturday 16th December 2017     KO: 15:00pm

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)


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Fulham midfielder Neeskens Kebano will miss the trip. The Congolese midfielder limped off holding his calf shortly after half-time during the 1-0 win over Birmingham last Saturday and joins winger Floyd Ayite (hamstring) on the sidelines.

There was good news from the treatment room, though, with Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon returning to training after a broken leg. Defender Denis Odoi is available after a one-match ban.

This is the first league meeting between these sides since January 2014 - Sunderland won 4-1 in the Premier League at Craven Cottage.

Outside of the top-flight, these sides haven't met in the league since the 1987/88 campaign - Sunderland won both matches 2-0 that season, with Marco Gabbiadini scoring three of those four goals.

The Cottagers have benefitted from a joint league high (along with Bolton and Reading) two own-goals this season in the Championship.

Sheyi Ojo has had a hand in four goals in his last four league matches for Fulham (three goals, one assist).

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman
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Sunderland will be without the suspended Lee Cattermole when they face Fulham at the Stadium of Light.

Cattermole was sent off in last week's encouraging goalless draw against Wolves at Molineux, and boss Chris Coleman could make a number of other changes.

Coleman has already indicated he could restore winger Aiden McGeady to his starting line-up after he impressed in training.

Callum McManaman is available again after suspension but Paddy McNair (groin), Bryan Oviedo (knee), Billy Jones (foot) and Didier Ndong (knee) are among those still set to be sidelined.

Chris Coleman is set to face Fulham for the first time as a manager - Coleman managed 176 matches for the Cottages between 2003 and 2007.

Sunderland have kept clean sheets in two of their last three league matches - as many as they'd managed in their previous 32 combined.

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