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Fulham face Middlesbrough ~ Ch. Match Preview

last updated Saturday 04th October 2014, 9:53 AM


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Fulham will be hoping to maintain their recent run of success when they travel to Middlesbrough in the Championship this weekend.

Following Felix Magath's dismissal last month, the Cottagers have won back-to-back matches in the league, moving them off the bottom of the table and up to 22nd.

Caretaker boss Kit Symons named an unchanged starting lineup for the team's 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers earlier this week, and with no new injury concerns could stick with the same XI against for the trip to the Riverside.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their last five outings, but have drawn the last two to leave them eighth in the table.

Aitor Karanka's side were held to a 1-1 draw by Blackpool earlier this week, leaving them with back-to-back stalemates following a run of three wins in a row last month.

Albert Adomah will be available again after serving a one-match suspension for picking up a red card last weekend, forcing him to sit out the match against Blackpool.

The home side should also be boosted by the return of Adam Clayton after he was forced off just 30 minutes into their last outing with illness.

This will be the first time that these two sides have played since the 2008-09 season, when Fulham won at home before sharing a goalless draw with Boro at the Riverside.

    Head-to-head

  • The last meeting ended as a goalless draw at the Riverside Stadium in the Premier League in April 2009.


  • Fulham have won only one of the last five meetings. Their only win since 2006 was 3-0 at Craven Cottage in the Premier League in December 2008.


  • Middlesbrough are unbeaten in the last 11 meetings at home, winning eight. Fulham's last win there was 2-0 in the old Division Two in March 1984.



  • Middlesbrough


  • Middlesbrough have lost only one of their last six games in all competitions. Their only defeat last month was 14-13 on penalties at Liverpool in the Capital One Cup on 23 September.


  • Boro have won three of their six home games in all competitions this season, drawing one and losing two.


  • In their last 20 home games, 10 of the 27 goals scored by M'Boro have come from forwards, 14 from midfielders and 3 from defenders.


  • In their last 20 home games, 74% of the 27 goals scored by M'Boro have come in open play, whilst 26% have come from set-pieces.



  • Fulham


  • Fulham have won their last three games in all competitions, after winning only one of their first nine games this season.


  • The Cottagers have won two of their six away games in all competitions this season, losing the other four.


  • In their last 20 away games, 7 of the 18 goals scored by Fulham have come from forwards, 9 from midfielders and 2 from defenders.


  • In their last 20 away games, 72% of the 18 goals scored by Fulham have come in open play, whilst 28% have come from set-pieces.
























Source Sian Cowper at Sportsmole/BBCSports
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