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Fulham welcome Aston Villa ~ Team News Ch. MD32

last updated Friday 16th February 2018, 1:39 PM

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Fulham vrs Aston Villa

Championship Match Day 32 1718 Craven Cottage

Saturday 17th February    KO: 15:00pm

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)


Slavisa Jokanovic
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Slavisa Jokanovic

Fulham captain Tom Cairney could be in contention for a return to the starting line-up against in-form Aston Villa.

Cairney made his comeback from two matches out with a knee problem as a second-half substitute in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Bolton.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is another in contention to come into the team, the Serbian forward having made a couple of substitute appearances since his deadline day loan move from Newcastle.

Cottagers boss Slavisa Jokanovic must now decide whether to make changes, with his side having won four out of their last five Sky Bet Championship matches to cement their place in the top six.

Jokanovic has no other injury worries as he looks to extend their nine-match unbeaten league run.

Fulham have lost just one of their last 11 home league games against the Villans (W5 D5), a 2-0 defeat in the Premier League in January 2010.

Fulham haven't won seven consecutive home league matches since a run of eight back in October 2000.

Fulham have won more points from losing positions this season than any other side in the division (13).

Aston Villa
Aston Villa Manager  Steve Bruce
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Aston Villa will monitor Albert Adomah ahead of the trip to west London.

The Ghana winger, who scored in the 2-0 derby win over Birmingham last weekend, has been carrying a hamstring problem.

Australian Mile Jedinak will be hoping to retain his place in midfield ahead of Birkir Bjarnason, while on-loan Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban should also feature again.

Fit-again Gabriel Agbonlahor could also be back in the squad as Villa chase an eighth successive Championship win, but forward Jonathan Kodjia (ankle) and goalkeeper Jed Steer (shoulder) remain sidelined.

They also have a concern over last weekend's man of the match Jack Grealish, who has a calf injury.

On-loan Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban may feature again after making his debut off the bench against Blues.

Villa, who won 2-1 at home to Fulham in October, have not achieved a league double over the Cottagers since the 2009-10 season.

Only Sheffield United's Billy Sharp (15) has won more points thanks to his goals scored in the Championship this season than Aston Villa's Albert Adomah (14).

Aston Villa have won seven consecutive league matches for the first time since February 1990. The Villans last won eight league games in a row back in April 1975 under Ron Saunders when they won promotion to the top-flight.

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