Premier League: Fulham v West Brom match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Craven Cottage

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With two defeats from three games, Fulham and West Brom have experienced similar starts to this campaign. Steve Clarke's side, perhaps suffering from the departure of Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku, sit below Cardiff and at the foot of the table. Only goal difference, meanwhile, keeps the Cottagers above the relegation zone.

Aaron Hughes is a doubt for Fulham after a thigh problem saw him withdrawn from Northern Ireland's squad in midweek. Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg could return after being forced off with a shoulder injury on his debut last month, although Kieran Richardson, injured in the same match, is still ruled out.

Zoltan Gera and Steven Reid, although back in training for West Brom, are unlikely to return to the starting line-up. James Morrison, too, is a doubt, and loan signing Matej Vydra will be sidelined for a second game.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm                                                                             


West Brom 1 (Lukaku), Fulham 2 (Berbatov, Kacaniklic), Premier League, January 2013

Fulham 3 (Berbatov 2, Sidwell), West Brom 0, Premier League, September 2012

Fulham 1 (Dempsey) West Brom 1 (Tchoy), Premier League, February 2012


David Stockdale has made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the league (14).

West Brom are the only team in the top flight without a goal this season.

Fulham have lost their past five Premier League home games, conceding 14 goals.


Fulham to win: 2.15

West Brom to win: 3.4

Draw: 3.4

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10:30pm