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Sochaux v Fulham - Match Preview

last updated Friday 09th November 2001, 7:11 PM
Fulham play Sochaux tonight in a friendly to raise money for families of the 29 people killed and the hundreds injured in the chemical factory explosion in Toulouse.

The French side, newly promoted from Division 2 just like Fulham, are now 6th in the French 1st Division after winning 6 and drawing 2 of their first 13 games. Sochaux have not won in their last three games, drawing 2 and losing the other one, so will be looking to return to winning ways by beating Fulham prior to their league game against Metz.

Both teams have a free weekend due to international fixtures with Fulham's Edwin van der Sar(Netherlands), Luis Boa Morte(Portugal), Steve Finnan(Eire), Sean Davis(England U21) and Steed Malbranque(France U21) away on duty.

Jean Tigana is taking a strong squad despite Alain Goma and Lee Clark not travelling. Bazza Hayles was expected to be in action for Jamaica this week, but their friendly against Nigeria at QPR was called off so he is included in the Fulham squad.

The match, which kicks off 7pm French time, should be a good opportunity for Abdelsam Ouaddou to continue his return from an eye injury and will also give fringe players like Bjarne Goldbaek, Paul Trollope and Andrejs Stolcers a chance to prove their worth.

Fulham Squad
Maik Taylor, Glyn Thompson.
Andy Melville, Kit Symons, Jon Harley, Zat Knight, Abdelsam Ouaddou.
John Collins, Bkarne Goldbaeck, Luis Boa Morte, Paul Troloppe, Andrejs Stolcers,
Barry Hayles, Louis Saha, Kevin Betsy.

Sochaux Squad
Fernandez - Quevedo, Saveljic, Monsoreau, Daf - Boudarène, Meriem, Crucet, Trapasso - Santos, Isabey.
Subs: Richert, Maraval, Domoraud, Zaïri, Mathieu, Pagis et Flachez.
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