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Fulham face Brentford ~ Ch. Match Preview

last updated Friday 21st November 2014, 12:05 PM

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Brentford and Fulham will both be looking to pick up where they left off before the international break when they clash at Griffin Park on Friday.

The Bees are buzzing following three consecutive victories which have seen them climb into the playoff places in their first season back in the Championship.

Two of those wins have come against promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest and Derby County.

While they lost to the Rams in the Capital One Cup fourth round, the Cottagers are also in fine form and are yet to lose in the league since the appointment of Kit Symons as permanent boss in October.

However, the Welshman is yet to correct Fulham's defensive concerns, with the Whites having conceded 14 goals in their last six games.

Symons will have to make decisions on the fitness of Elsad Zverotic and Bryan Ruiz, who were involved for Bulgaria and Costa Rica respectively during the week.

Ross McCormack, who scored the only goal as Fulham beat Brentford in the League Cup earlier this season, is available again after suspension while Fernando Amorebieta is in contention following a knock.

Brentford boss Mark Warburton could understandably stick with the same starting XI which won 3-2 at Millwall a fortnight ago for the West London derby.

Andre Gray has scored four goals in his last three games and will again lead the line, while Tottenham Hotspur loanee Alex Pritchard will be tasked with creating chances for the striker from midfield.


  • These sides have already met this season - Fulham won 1-0 at Griffin Park in the Capital One Cup on 26 August.

  • This is the first league meeting since Fulham won 2-0 at Griffin Park in the old Division Two in April 1998.

  • Fulham are unbeaten in the last five meetings in all competitions, winning three. Brentford's last win was 2-0 at home in the League Cup in August 1992.

  • Fulham have won the last three meetings at Griffin Park in all competitions, scoring five goals and conceding just one.

  • Brentford

  • Brentford have won their last three games, scoring eight goals.

  • The Bees have won three of their last four home games, drawing the other one. Their last home defeat was 3-0 against Norwich on 16 September.

  • Fulham

  • Fulham are unbeaten in their last six games in the Championship, winning three. Their last defeat was 2-0 at Middlesbrough on 4 October.

  • The Cottagers have won only one of their last six away games. Their only away win since August was 2-1 at Birmingham on 27 September.

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