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Fulham face Charlton ~ Ch. Match Preview

last updated Thursday 23rd October 2014, 10:41 PM

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Fulham will be looking for their third win in six matches when they host Charlton Athletic in the Championship on Friday evening.

The Cottagers are enjoying their best run of the season under caretaker boss Kit Symons, picking up 10 points in their last five league outings, including a thrilling 3-3 draw with Rotherham United earlier this week.

Defender Tim Hoogland is expected to be available after missing the trip to the New York Stadium through illness, but Fernando Amorebieta and Adam Taggart both remain sidelined.

Symons should have a fresh squad as he looks to guide the side away from the relegation zone, having made five changes to his midweek starting lineup, opting to rest Bryan Ruiz, while Hugo Rodallega sat out with what was described as a niggle from training.

Meanwhile, Charlton head into the match following a 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers earlier this week, after suffering their first defeat of the season last Saturday.

The visitors will be missing Yoni Buyens as he picked up his fifth booking of the season against the Trotters earlier this week.

Bob Peeters may also have to manage with Igor Vetokele again, as an Achilles problem forced him to sit out the match earlier this week, although the manager has not ruled him out, while Johan Berg Gudmundsson and Chris Solly will also need late fitness tests.

This is the first time that the teams have faced each other since 2006, when the teams shared a 2-2 draw at the Valley before Fulham beat their London rivals at Craven Cottage.

Fulham know a point will see them climb out of the relegation zone while Charlton need a win to move to within a point of leaders Derby.

  • Fulham won the last meeting 4-0 at Craven Cottage in the FA Cup in January 2012.

  • The last league meeting ended as a 2-2 draw at The Valley in the Premier League in December 2006.

  • Fulham are unbeaten in the last six meetings in all competitions, winning three. Charlton's last win was 2-1 at The Valley in the Premier League in December 2004.

  • Fulham are unbeaten in the last 10 meetings at home in all competitions, winning seven. Charlton's last win there was 3-0 in the old Division Two in April 1986.

  • Fulham

  • Fulham have lost only one of their last six games in all competitions, winning four and drawing one. Their only defeat since 20 September was 2-0 at Middlesbrough in the Championship on 4 October.

  • Fulham have won their last three home games in all competitions, against Doncaster, Bolton and Norwich.

  • Charlton

  • Charlton have lost only one of their 13 games in the Championship this season. Their only league defeat was 1-0 at Bournemouth last Saturday.

  • Charlton have won only one of their seven away games in all competitions this season. Their only win on the road was 1-0 at Norwich in the Championship on 30 September.

Source Sian Cowper at SPortsMole/BBCSports
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