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Fulham visit Sheffield ~ Ch. Match Preview 37

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Fulham will be hoping that they can put more distance between themselves and the relegation zone when they travel to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

Kit Symons's side remain eight points clear of the bottom three in 21st heading into the match, but a run of three defeats in four outings has seen them slip back down the table in recent weeks.

The Cottagers were on the wrong end of a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of league leaders Bournemouth last time out, having played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after Fernando Amorebieta was sent off.

The red card means that the defender is suspended for the clash with the Owls, while Alex Kacaniklic is also expected to miss out through injury.

Lasse Vigen Christensen remains sidelined with a hamstring injury but has been in Germany receiving treatment for the issue this week, while George Williams has undergone surgery to repair the ACL rupture that he sustained during a recent loan spell with MK Dons.

Meanwhile, Saturday's hosts will be keen to continue their recent run of form, which has moved them up into the top half of the table.

Stuart Gray's side beat Blackpool in their last outing, giving them their third win in four matches in the Championship and leaving them 11th in the table.

While a playoff place seems unlikely for the Owls, who are 12 points off sixth place, the team will now feel that they have done enough to remain in the second tier for another season, having moved 18 points clear of the drop zone.

The manager confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Sam Hutchinson has returned to training after injuring his foot in the win over Blackpool, and is expected to be fit for Saturday's game.

Jose Semedo has not featured for the Owls since being accused of spitting of Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter, something which the FA has said that it will investigate, and will miss out again as he continues to battle a foot injury.

Fulham thrashed this weekend's opponents 4-0 when they met in the reverse fixture in December.

    Head-to-head

  • Fulham won the earlier meeting this season 4-0 at Craven Cottage in December.


  • Sheffield Wednesday have won only one of the last five meetings in all competitions. Their only win since 1985 was 1-0 at Hillsborough in the League Cup in August 2012.


  • Fulham have won only one of the last seven meetings at Hillsborough in all competitions. Their only win there since 1973 was 2-1 in the FA Cup in January 2009.



  • Sheffield Wednesday


  • Sheffield Wednesday have won three of their last four games, losing the other. Their only defeat since 21 February was 2-1 against Blackburn at home on 4 March.


  • Sheffield Wednesday have won only one of their last six home games. Their only win at Hillsborough since Boxing Day was 2-0 against Middlesbrough at home on 28 February.


  • Sheff Wed have won 20%, drawn 40% and lost 40% of their last 20 home games.


  • Sheff Wed have scored 1 goal or less in 17 of their last 20 home games


  • In their last 20 home games, 13 of the 14 goals scored by Sheff Wed have come from forwards


  • Sheff Wed have conceded in 60% of their last 20 home games.



  • Fulham


  • Fulham have won only one of their last 11 games in all competitions. Their only win since mid-January was 2-0 against Derby at home in the Championship on 28 February.


  • Fulham have lost six of their last seven away games in the Championship, drawing the other. Their last league win on the road was 1-0 at Leeds on 13 December.


  • In their last 20 away games against teams positioned above them in the table, Fulham have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 16 of these matches.


  • Fulham have scored 1 goal or less in 15 of their last 20 away game


  • In their last 20 away games, 12 of the 21 goals scored by Fulham have come from forwards


  • Fulham have conceded in 90% of their last 20 away games.
























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