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An unsuccessful switch to the FA Cup ended in disappointment for Fulham this week as Sunderland came from behind to knock them out of the competition with a 3-1 victory.

Marcus Bettinelli's own goal allowed the Black Cats to level the scores in the second half, but Fulham boss Kit Symons has insisted that the error will not change his faith in the goalkeeper.

Despite being forced to wait to find out whether Bryan Ruiz's move to Levante has been completed, the Costa Rican is unlikely to be involved due to the uncertainty surrounding his future.

Symons could be forced to rotate following his side's efforts in midweek, with Moussa Dembele and Lasse Vigen Christensen pushing to be included from the start.

Gary Rowett has the task of leading his Birmingham City side back to winning ways after seeing their impressive progress halted by draws in recent weeks.

Compared to the torrid form which threatened to drag the side into a relegation battle earlier in the season, three successive draws will hardly have the Birmingham supporters panicking when they travel to the capital to take on Fulham on Saturday.

However, the gap between Rowett's side and the playoffs is now 10 points, and they can't afford to lose further ground if they are to keep their slim promotion hopes alive.

Despite their struggles to overcome stubborn defences in recent weeks, Birmingham are currently on a five-match unbeaten run in the league, and they gained a boost on transfer deadline day.

Rather than celebrate the arrival of eye-catching new recruits, Rowett and his side's supporters were left relieved as the club rejected another approach for Demarai Gray from Bournemouth.

Keeping the talented young forward could be crucial as Birmingham look to hit their targets, and he is likely be the team's main threat once again at Craven Cottage.

    Head-to-head

  • Fulham won the earlier meeting this season 2-1 at St. Andrew's in September.


  • Fulham have won three of the last four meetings between the sides, drawing the other. Birmingham's last win was 1-0 at St. Andrew's in the Premier League in November 2009.


  • Fulham are unbeaten in the last four meetings at Craven Cottage, winning two. Birmingham's last win there was 3-2 in the Premier League in December 2004.



  • Fulham


  • Fulham have not won any of their last three games in all competitions, losing the last two. Their last win was 3-2 against Nottingham Forest at home in the Championship on 21 January.


  • Fulham have won their last two home games in the Championship, against Reading and Nottingham Forest.


  • Fulham have won 45%, drawn 20% and lost 35% of their last 20 home games.


  • In their last 20 home matches, Fulham have scored 1.6 goals per game and conceded 1.4 goals per game on average.


  • Fulham have conceded in 70% of their last 20 home games.


  • Fulham have scored first in 60% of their last 20 home games.



  • Blackburn Rovers


  • Birmingham have not won any of their last four games in all competitions, though they have lost only once. Their last win was 3-1 against Wigan at home in the Championship on 10 January.


  • Birmingham are unbeaten in their last five away games in all competitions, winning three. Their last defeat on the road was 1-0 at Blackpool in the Championship on 6 December.


  • Birmingham have won 30%, drawn 35% and lost 35% of their last 20 away games.


  • In their last 20 away matches, Birmingham have scored 1.1 goals per game and conceded 1.4 goals per game on average.


  • Birmingham have conceded in 80% of their last 20 away games.


  • Birmingham have scored first in 40% of their last 20 away games.
























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