Probable Lineups

4-4-2
4-4-1-1
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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(39) 33 Goals 29 (45)
(22) 18 Assists 26 (31)
(6.6) 6.8 Average Ratings 6.9 (6.7)
28.3 Average Age 33
182.5 Average Height (cm) 184.3
(0.8) 1.1 Shots pg 0.9 (0.8)
(45%) 45% Aerial Duel Success 57% (54%)
(0.5) 0.4 Dribbles pg 0.7 (0.6)
(1.5) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.6 (1.7)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Danny Rose Out 7.01
Wes Brown Out N/A
Lee Cattermole Doubtful 6.7
Player Reason Status Rating
Kerim Frei Out 6.38
Mahamadou Diarra Out 6.96
Neil Etheridge Out N/A
Eyong Enoh Doubtful 6.57

Team News

  • Danny Rose has returned to his parent club Tottenham for treatment on his hamstring injury and faces another couple of weeks on the sidelines.
  • Lee Cattermole was unable to recover in time to face West Brom last week and probably won't be fit to play here, either.
  • Martin O'Neill should stick with the 4-4-2 formation he fielded last week, with both Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher up front, while Carlos Cuellar could replace Titus Bramble at the back.
  • Sascha Riether returned to the defence for Fulham's 1-0 win over Stoke last weekend and should keep his spot for this game.
  • Urby Emanuelson made another appearance from the bench and is unlikely to make the starting XI just yet, though his full debut can't be far off.
  • Enoh is lacking match fitness but should be nearing playing condition while Richardson returns.

Prediction

  • Sunderland's problems continued with a loss against West Brom last week, a result which leaves them only 5 points above the drop zone and having lost their last 3 games in a row.
  • In beating Stoke last week, Fulham staved off any possibility of being sucked into a battle at the bottom of the table and will be hoping that with another positive result here they can climb the table. The Cottagers haven't conceded a goal in their last 3 visits to the Stadium of Light but their away record this season isn't good enough to expect them to keep another clean sheet.
  • Fulham have won only 2 of their 13 away games in the league all season, and though Sunderland are not winning at the moment, they are inconsistent and capable of springing a surprise, and as they are desperate to win we could see a home victory here.
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