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Fulham V Burnley - Preview

last updated Tuesday 12th September 2000, 12:42 AM
Fulham will be looking to equal a club record of six successive wins at the start of a season when they entertain Burnley at Craven Cottage.

The last time the Cottagers started a league campaign with six victories on the trot was back in the 1958-59 season, which was also the last time Fulham secured promotion to top-flight football.

Player-coach and midfielder John Collins is doubtful as the groin injury which kept him out of his side's 5-1 hammering of Barnsley on Sunday is still causing problems.

Karlheinz Riedle shoulder injury persists and is he unlikely to make a return to training before the end of the month.

Jean Tigana's men are the only side in English league football to boast a 100 per cent record and following their stunning display against Barnsley, they should not be posed too many problems by Burnley.

Fulham owner Mohammed Al Fayed is certainly pleased with the Cottagers' start to the season. He said: "I think it's great. Jean Tigana has done a great job in only seven weeks and the way we are passing the ball is a tremendous art.

"Tigana is the maestro and I leave him to do what he wants because this is a great achievement in so little time."

Skipper Steve Davis is a major injury worry for Burnley before the Clarets come face to face with Fulham.

The stalwart defender is struggling to make the Craven Cottage date due to an injured back.

He had to come off at half-time of Saturday's win at Crystal Palace after suffering a knock and is having intensive treatment.

Clarets manager Stan Ternent revealed: "We have sent Steve to a specialist in an attempt to speed up his recovery. Obviously we will give him every chance of making it."

Striker, Phil Gray, who again kept last season's top scorer Andy Payton on the sidelines, is also an injury doubt.

Gray suffered a hamstring strain at Palace and had to be substituted, although he seems to have a better chance of facing Fulham than Davis.

Should Gray miss out, Ternent has plenty of options with Payton and Graham Branch both desperate to win a place in the starting line-up.
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