Sport Dimitar Berbatov (left) has joined Monaco until the end of the season

Bulgarian striker is out of contract at Craven Cottage at the end of the season

Martin Jol is under pressure following Fulham's defeat to West Ham

West Ham 3 Fulham 0 match report: More misery for Martin Jol as Mohamed Diamé inspires West Ham

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Martin Jol (left) and Sam Allardyce both know defeat at Upton Park today could result in the sack

Tricky times for Sam Allardyce and Martin Jol as West Ham fails to cut mustard

Gloom in the east, doom in the west. Or, to put it another way, a couple of ‘hams’ in a pickle. This afternoon Fulham cross the capital to take on West Ham at Upton Park in what has become a time of anxious uncertainty for both. There is one sure thing about Saturday, though: by tea-time one side will have been booed off.

Martin Jol (left) walks off the pitch after Fulham's defeat to Swansea

West Ham v Fulham: Martin Jol admits defeats to West Ham and Tottenham could lead to the sack

The Cottagers currently occupy one of the relegation places

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in action during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad

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Martin Jol (left) walks off the pitch after Fulham's defeat to Swansea

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Martin Jol, the Fulham manager, may not get the chance to oversee the promised transformation at Craven Cottage.

New head coach Rene Meulensteen (left) with fellow Dutchman Martin Jol at Fulham's training ground

Martin Jol remaining confident despite Fulham struggles

Fulham fell to a fifth successive defeat on Saturday despite the much-publicised arrival of Rene Meulensteen as head coach - an appointment under-fire boss Martin Jol believes will soon pay dividends.

Fulham 1 Swansea City 2 match report: Fulham in turmoil as Jonjo Shelvey pushes martin Jol closer to edge

Fulham’s new double-Dutch era, with the former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen having joined fellow countryman Martin Jol, is off to a bad start, raising the question of how long it will last. Boos and chants of “we want Jol out” were heard after this fifth successive defeat in all competitions, during which 15 goals have been shipped.

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Manchester City v Tottenham: And Spurs must score... but they don’t and it’s a problem

If this is to end up proving a breakthrough season for Tottenham Hotspur, it’s been a disconcertingly frustrating start.

Andre Villas-Boas's side have just six league goals from open play

Lack of goals becoming a growing concern for Tottenham Hotspur

If this is to end up proving a breakthrough season for Tottenham Hotspur, it's been a disconcertingly frustrating start.

Dimitar Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov in action for Fulham against Stoke

Fulham 1 Stoke 0 match report: Darren Bent strikes lucky to ease pressure on uneasy Martin Jol

Win gives Jol just his second win of the season and lifts the Cottagers out of the relegation zone

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<b>Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge</b><br/>
The duo were making a rare start together in the victory over Sunderland, and how they combined suggested the partnership could be one for defenders to fear above all others. Just six games into the season, Sturridge has five goals while Suarez has two in his one appearance.

Liverpool duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge form the best partnership in the Premier League according to readers of The Independent

We asked you which pair were the deadliest following Liverpool's 3-1 win over Sunderland last weekend

Fulham 1 Cardiff City 2 match report: Martin Jol sunk by Jordan Mutch’s touch of class

Fans turn on Fulham manager after Cardiff substitute wins match in injury time with classy strike

Fulham v Cardiff City: Martin Jol hopes for change of luck - and three points this weekend

The Cottagers have not won in the league since the opening day of the season

Gerard Deulofeu given assurances of bigger role at Everton after impressing in Capital One Cup defeat to Fulham

The winger is on loan from Barcelona for the season

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