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Fulham welcome Nottingham Forest ~ Team News Ch. MD30

last updated Friday 02nd February 2018, 12:23 PM

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Fulham vrs Nottingham Forest

Championship Match Day 30 1718 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 3rd February 2018    KO: 15:00

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)


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Fulham could hand debuts to Cyrus Christie and Aleksandar Mitrovic against Nottingham Forest.

The Cottagers signed right-back Christie from fellow Championship club Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee on dedline day. Serbian striker Mitrovic was then a surprise arrival from Newcastle on loan until the summer.

Tom Cairney (knee) and Floyd Ayite (calf) could return after missing last weekend's 3-1 win at Barnsley.

Fulham haven't won three consecutive league matches against Nottingham Forest since October 1952 (four in a row).

Forest haven't ended on the losing side in both league matches against Fulham in a season since 2000/01, during which Fulham were promoted to the Premier League.

The Cottagers have won six of their last seven league games (D1), including each of the last four; they last won five or more in a row under Jean Tigana's stewardship (12 successive wins).

Fulham have scored a goal in the 88th minute or later in each of their last three Championship outings, winning with 90th minute goals against both Barnsley and Middlesbrough.

Indeed, Fulham have won 13 points from losing positions; two more points than any other Championship side.

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Nottingham Forest  Manager  Aitor Karanka
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A flurry of late transfer business before Wednesday's deadline gives Forest boss Aitor Karanka a host of decisions to make.

A 3-0 home defeat to Preston could see Karanka shuffle his pack, with deadline day signings Ashkan Dejagah, Joe Lolley and the returning Adlene Guedioura all options - although a lack of football could mean the trio need time to get up to speed.

The east midlands outfit also recruited a quartet of loan signings with defender Tobias Figueiredo coming in from Sporting, Costel Pantilimon boosting the goalkeeping options from Watford, Lee Tomlin joining from Cardiff and Newcastle allowing Jack Colback to depart on a temporary deal.

Veteran striker Daryl Murphy has yet to feature in 2018 and faces another fitness test.

Forest have failed to score in five of their last six Championship games, although they won their last away game against current league leaders Wolves.

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