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Showdown at Wolfsburg for Fulham

last updated Thursday 08th April 2010, 11:06 AM
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Fulham look to retain the advantage in Germany when they play the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie with Wolfsburg.

Roy Hodgson's side travel to the Volkswagen Arena having beaten their opponents 2-1 in the reverse fixture.

They will be missing key players on Thursday which will make their task of qualifying for the last four somewhat harder.

Fulham's main concern will be their win-rate away from home which is a far cry from their record at Craven Cottage.

They have not won in their last eight games on the road in all competitions and can boast just two wins in seven European matches away from home this term.

That being said, they have only lost one of their last seven Europa League fixtures, home and away.

Their German opponents will fancy their chances on home soil though, especially with an away goal to their credit.

The Bundesliga champions need only a 1-0 win to qualify for the last four, which they will see as a more than doable task on current form.

After a slow start, Wolfsburg appear to be back on track in the top flight of German football having won six of their last seven league games.

Fulham's top scorer Bobby Zamora will face a late fitness test but is expected to overcome an Achilles injury to start alongside Zoltan Gera.

Hodgson will be forced into at least one change, though, with Clint Dempsey out of contention with a thigh injury.

Striker David Elm (virus) will also miss out for the Cottagers who have managed just three goals in their last six away games.

Stephen Kelly has recovered from a recent injury and will join the squad in Germany but Stefano Okaka is cup-tied.

Wolfsburg skipper Josue and key defender Alexander Madlung should be fit for Thursday's clash after overcoming hamstring injuries.

Star striker Edin Dzeko will likely start and will be hoping to add to his impressive goal tally for the German champions this season.

Source Carla Hilton at SkySports
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