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Championship Match Day 43 1617 at Craven Cottage

Monday 17th April 2017     KO: 14:45

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)


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Chris Martin will miss Fulham's Sky Bet Championship clash with Aston Villa after seeing red at Norwich.

The striker was sent off during the 3-1 win over his former club and Fulham confirmed they were unsuccessful with an appeal, meaning he will serve a three-game ban.

Denis Odoi's participation remains in doubt. The Belgian defender sat out his fourth straight game due to insufficient fitness but there was better news for former England midfielder Scott Parker, who took a place on the bench following his recovery from a back injury.

Keeper Marcus Bettinelli is keeping David Button out of goal in a team pushing hard to remove Sheffield Wednesday from the final play-off place.

Fulham haven't lost both league games in a season against Aston Villa since 2009-10 when both were Premier League sides.

None of Fulham's last 123 league matches at Craven Cottage have ended goalless - the last came on the opening day of the 2011-12 season against Aston Villa.

Fulham last played Aston Villa in October last year when we were beaten 1-0 at Villa Parkby an 80th minute goal. Referee Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire) judged that 15 Aston Villa fouls did not deserve a yellow card but that the 11 Fulham fouls deserved four yellow cards.

In Villa's last five visits Fulhan have won two, drawn two and lost one, back in 2009

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Villa boss Steve Bruce is unlikely to have Wales international Neil Taylor available for the trip to Craven Cottage.

The left-back picked up a groin injury in training on Thursday and missed the 3-1 defeat against Reading on Saturday with Jordan Amavi taking his place.

Amavi is in line to retain his place if Taylor is not available while goalkeeper Mark Bunn, who has been an understudy to Sam Johnstone for the majority of the season, is also a doubt with a knee problem.

Jonathan Kodjia could lead the attack again if he comes through unscathed after playing a full 90 minutes following a knock, with Scott Hogan waiting in the wings after recovering from an ankle issue, but Gabby Agbonlahor (hamstring) and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (ankle) are out.

Aston Villa have won just one of their last 10 league visits to Craven Cottage, failing to score in the last three (D5 L4).

Henri Lansbury has scored a brace in each of his last two Championship away games at Fulham.

Villa haven't won an away league game on a Monday since August 2009 against Liverpool, losing nine of their 11 since (D2).

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