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Fulham welcome Derby ~ Ch. Team News MD22

last updated Friday 16th December 2016, 4:47 PM

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Fulham v Derby County

Championship Match Day 22 1617 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 17th December 2016    KO: 15:00

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire)


Slavisa Jokanovic
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Slavisa Jokanovic
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Slavisa Jokanovic

Fulham have no fresh injury concerns as they look to continue their decent run of Sky Bet Championship form at home to Derby.

Slavisa Jokanovic's side have lost just once in their last seven games and beat Rotherham 2-1 on Tuesday night to move into the top 10.

Given the build-up in fixtures around the festive period, Jokanovic could be tempted to rotate his squad for the visit of the Rams.

Veteran Scott Parker is pushing for his first start since October while the likes of Lucas Piazon and Denis Odoi will be eyeing a place in the starting XI.

Fulham have lost just one of their last 12 home league games against Derby (W7 D4).

However, four of the last five meetings between them at Craven Cottage have ended level.

After a run of five league games without a win at Craven Cottage, Fulham are now unbeaten in their last five (W3 D2).

Stefan Johansen has had a hand in five goals in his last four league outings for Fulham (three goals and two assists).

Derby County
Rotherham caretaker manager Paul Warne
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Steve McClaren
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Derby will check on Johnny Russell after the Scottish forward sat out Wednesday night's 1-0 victory over QPR due to a hip problem.

Russell was an unused substitute at Loftus Road with Rams boss Steve McClaren reluctant to risk him during the game.

Will Hughes will continue to play through the pain barrier after he broke a bone in his left hand in training last week. The central midfielder has played the last two games against Nottingham Forest and QPR wearing a protective cast.

Forward Ikechi Anya (knee) and left-back Max Lowe (hip/groin) will again be absent at Craven Cottage.

Anya has not featured in the last six matches and has not started a first-team game since the goalless draw against Brentford on October 18 while Lowe has missed the last three games.

Derby are on a run of seven consecutive wins in the Championship; their longest streak in the competition since December 2013.

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