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Fulham v Charlton preview

last updated Monday 16th October 2006, 11:36 AM
Team News Referee Stats Match Info
Team Fulham Charlton
Games Played 7 7
Goal Attempts
Goals 8 5
Ave Goals per game 1.14 0.71
Shots (excl blocked shots) 63 64
% Shots on Target 43% 33%
% Goals to Shots 11% 8%
Passing
Short Passes 1,685 1,922
Long Passes 451 533
Overall Pass Completion % 69% 72%
Crossing
Total Crosses 138 141
Cross Completion % 26% 26%
Defending
Goals Conceded 12 13
Ave goals conceded per game 1.71 1.86
Tackles 164 194
Tackles Won % 73% 76%
Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions 349 282
Discipline
Fouls 120 89
Yellow Cards 12 9
Red Cards 0 2

Charlton will be hoping to climb off the foot of the table when they travel to Fulham on Monday evening, live on Sky Sports 1.

The Addicks have picked up just three points so far this season and have lost their last four Premiership games.

Fulham boss Chris Coleman is a former team-mate and close friend of Charlton counterpart Iain Dowie following their playing days together at Crystal Palace, but there will be no quarter given in an equally key game for The Cottagers.

After making a strong start to the campaign Fulham's results have dipped in recent weeks, and Coleman will be looking for his side to return to winning ways and pile more pressure on Dowie.

Fulham are a formidable force at Craven Cottage and are boosted by the news that Carlos Bocanegra, Ian Pearce and Papa Bouba Diop are fit and available.

There had been doubts overt the trio, but Bocanegra has made a full recovery from his groin injury, Pearce has overcome a virus and Diop has returned fit from international duty with Senegal.

However, Luis Boa Morte (cheekbone), Simon Elliott (calf) and Ahmad Elrich (knee) are all sidelined through injury.

Philippe Christanval (knee) and Mark Pembridge (calf) are also out, along with long-term absentee Jimmy Bullard (knee).

Charlton may welcome winger Jerome Thomas back into their squad for the trip across London following his return from a broken foot, while Jonathan Fortune (toe) also intends to play through the pain barrier.

Souleymane Diawara (hamstring) featured for the reserves last week and could be included in the squad, while Omar Pouso is close to full match fitness after shaking off his hamstring problem.

Gonzalo Sorondo (back) and Djim Traore (leg) are on the road to recovery but are not ready to return against Fulham.

Skysports.com Prediction: 2-0:
Fulham should prove too strong at home for struggling Charlton.

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Source Lewis Rutledge at SkySport
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