Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(33) 21 Goals 33 (45)
(20) 14 Assists 20 (31)
(6.6) 6.8 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.7)
28.8 Average Age 32.9
189 Average Height (cm) 183.6
(0.8) 0.8 Shots pg 1 (0.8)
(59%) 61% Aerial Duel Success 52% (54%)
(0.4) 0.3 Dribbles pg 0.7 (0.3)
(1.6) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.6 (1.3)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Marc Wilson Out 6.93
Rory Delap Out 5.89
Mamady Sidibe Out N/A
Michael Owen Doubtful 6.14
Andy Wilkinson Doubtful 6.57
Player Reason Status Rating
Alexander Kacaniklic Out 6.69
Bryan Ruiz Out 7.28
Simon Davies Out N/A
Kieran Richardson Out 6.52
Brede Hangeland Out 7.17
Mahamadou Diarra Doubtful 6.96

Team News

  • With Marc Wilson already out, Andy Wilkinson is a doubt with a muscle injury that saw him subbed off at West Ham last time out. Ryan Shotton replaced him in that match and he could be called upon again here.
  • Glenn Whelan was replaced after an hour in that match, but he should be fine to start against Fulham.
  • Owen and Sidibe are both nearing recovery but lacking in fitness so probably will not feature, while Rory Delap remains absent.
  • Martin Jol will be looking to reverse the dip in form his side are currently suffering from, but will have to make do without a few first team players for the trip to Stoke.
  • Brede Hangeland serves the first game of his 3 match suspension after being sent off against Sunderland last week.
  • Kacaniklic and Ruiz were both withdrawn injured during that game and join Richardson, Davies and most probably Diarra on the absentee list.
  • The returning Chris Baird will likely play in central midfield, with Senderos coming in at the back.

Prediction

  • Stoke drew yet again against West Ham last week, taking their draw tally up to 7 for the season from just 12 games. They remain difficult to beat, having lost as few games as Manchester United this season, but are not threatening enough going forwards, having only picked up 2 victories.
  • Fulham's lull in form has seen them win only one of their last seven league games; a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa. They have a number of key absentees for this tough trip to the Brittania, and will need the likes of Dimitar Berbatov to be on form.
  • As much as this Stoke side do like a draw, none of the last 6 meetings between the sides has been drawn, and with Fulham's growing injury list, the home side could be in for a good day.
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