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Fulham face Middlesbrough ~ Ch. Team News MD45

last updated Friday 24th April 2015, 1:27 PM


Fulham (18th) vs Middlesbrough (3rd)

Championship ~ Match Day 45 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 25th April     KO: 15:00

Referee Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
Referee Kevin Friend
Referee Kevin Friend, aged 43, started refereeing at the age of 14 in his home county of Leicestershire. He officiated in the Leicestershire Senior League and Midland Football Alliance before being promoted to the National List of Referees in 2003, and later to the Select Group of Referees ahead of the 2009-10 season.

Referee Friend first reffed a Fulham game back in 2010 in the 2-0 defeat away at Blackburn and he yellow carded three Fulham players Baird, Gera and sub Nevland. He last reffed Fulham in the 2-1 win over Doncaster in the Capital Cup in September 2014 and again yellow carded three Fulham players, Bettinelli, Bodurov and Burn. In the two games he only yellow carded one opposition player!!

Middlesbrough has not yet had the pleasure of being reffed by Mr Friend but on past history they have little top worry about.

Last season he refed 31 games and dished out 98 yellows and 1 reds, a rate of 3.2 yellows per game and a red every 31 games.

This season so far he has refed 30 games waving 125 yellows and 4 reds, so 4.2 yellows per game and a red every 7.5 games. So a big increase in yellows and reds waved.

Fulham ~ Manager Kit Symons

Fulham Manager Kit Symons Scott Parker could return to the Fulham squad for the visit of promotion-chasing Middlesbrough.

Veteran midfielder Parker was rested for Saturday's win at Blackpool after picking up a slight knock against Rotherham in midweek.

With Fulham's safety finally assured boss Kit Symons could make changes, with the likes of Cauley Woodrow, Shaun Hutchinson, Jack Grimmer and Seko Fofana in contention for recalls.

Midfielders Lasse Vigen Christensen (hamstring), Emerson Hyndman (collarbone) and George Williams (knee) are set to miss out again.

Middlesbrough ~ Head Coach Aitor Karanka

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka will make a late check on leading scorer Patrick Bamford after the 19-goal striker damaged an ankle in last Friday's hard-fought win at Norwich.

Midfielder Albert Adomah is in a similar position after also hurting an ankle at Carrow Road, and he too will be assessed before Karanka names his team.

However, striker Jelle Vossen is more of a doubt after sustaining a series of knocks, the most troubling to his ankle, and he faces a race against time if he is to make it, while Jonathan Woodgate is struggling to overcome a hamstring problem.

Boro will be without Woodgate's fellow central defender Tomas Kalas following his return to Chelsea after his loan deal expired, while Damia Abella (knee) and Rhys Williams (Achilles) remain on the sidelines.

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