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Fulham travel to Sunderland :- Team News

last updated Friday 16th August 2013, 6:33 PM
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Fulham midfielder Alexander Kacaniklic is a doubt because of a hamstring injury.

Goalkeeper David Stockdale is struggling with a thumb problem, but new signing Maarten Stekelenburg is the club's number one choice in the position.

Adel Taarabt, a loan signing from QPR, is short of match fitness but will be included in the squad while fellow new loan arrival Darren Bent is unlikely to feature due to a lack of on-pitch action during pre-season.

Fulham are unbeaten in their last four Barclays Premier League away trips to Sunderland (W1 D3).

Both teams scored a penalty in this fixture last season (Gardner and Berbatov).

Fulham have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four Premier League games on the opening day of the season.

The Whites have only won one of their seven previous top-flight away games on the opening day (D2 L4), winning 1-0 at Portsmouth back in 2009/10. Dimitar Berbatov scored the first goal of the game more often than any other player in 2012/13 (nine times). Fulham gained just five points from losing positions in the whole of last season, a league-low.



FULHAM SQUAD

Etheridge, Stekelenburg, Stockdale


Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Amorebieta,
Hangeland, Riise, Richardson,

Duff, Karagounis, Sidwell, Boateng,
Frei, Kacaniklic, Kasami, Dejagah, Taarabt,

Rodallega, Ruiz, Berbatov, Trotta,

Giaccherini, Karlsson, Altidore,
Wickham, Mandron

Colback, Cuellar, Cabral, Johnson, Larsson,
Ba, Vaughan, Sessegnon,

Celustka, O'Shea, Diakite, Roberge,


Mannone,        Westwood,

SUNDERLAND SQUAD 



Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio is expected to name the majority of his 10 summer signings in his starting line-up for Saturday's Barclays Premier League season opener against Fulham.

Jozy Altidore and Emanuele Giaccherini are set to make their competitive debuts while former Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone could get the nod ahead of Keiren Westwood.

Defender Wes Brown has been ruled out as a precautionary measure after a slight recurrence of a knee complaint, striker Steven Fletcher is also forced to miss the opening game with an ankle injury, while Craig Gardner is suspended.

Sunderland are unbeaten in their last four games on the opening day of the season, though they have drawn their last three.

Indeed the Black Cats have only scored eight goals in 12 previous Premier League opening fixtures combined.

Sunderland have won only one of their last eight Barclays Premier League home games.

Sunderland scored just two headed goals in 2012/13 - a league-low.





















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