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Championship Match Day 09 1718 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 23 September 2017    KO: 15:00

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands)



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Fulham winger Rui Fonte could return to the Fulham starting line-up when Middlesbrough visit Craven Cottage.

The Portuguese winger has recovered from a groin injury and was a late substitute at Burton last weekend.

Fulham skipper Tom Cairney is still struggling with a knee injury, Lucas Piazon is recovering from a broken leg and Rafa Soares is out with an ankle problem.

Defender Tomas Kalas faces the club where he spent 18 months on loan from Chelsea.

None of the last 10 league meetings between the teams at Craven Cottage have ended level, with Fulham winning seven and Middlesbrough three since a 2-2 draw in September 1986.

Fulham haven't kept a home clean sheet in any competition in their last 17 matches at Craven Cottage, since a 2-0 win over Barnsley in January.

In fact, none of Fulham's last 129 home league games have ended goalless, since drawing 0-0 with Aston Villa in August 2011.

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Midfielder Adam Clayton will return to the Middlesbrough squad after sitting out the Carabao Cup victory at Aston Villa in midweek through suspension.

Clayton collected his fifth booking of the campaign during Saturday's 3-2 league win over QPR but is available once again.

However, winger Adama Traore will still be missing as he completes a three-match ban following his dismissal during Boro's league trip to Villa on September 12.

Martin Braithwaite has returned to training after being sidelined since the opening day of the campaign by a hamstring problem, although the game is likely to come too soon for him, while fellow striker Rudy Gestede continues his recovery from thigh surgery.

Middlesbrough haven't won back-to-back league games at Craven Cottage since April 1958.

Garry Monk has led Middlesbrough to three consecutive away clean sheets (all comps) - the first time Monk has achieved this in his managerial career.

Britt Assombalonga's only previous Football League hat-trick came against Fulham for Nottingham Forest in September 2014 - they are the only three goals he's scored against Fulham in four league appearances.




















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