Mark Schwarzer returns in goal for Fulham. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au/AP
West Bromwich Albion sits in seventh on goal difference, but the Baggies are equal on points with fifth-place Arsenal. They have a golden opportunity to move up the table on Tuesday night (AEDT) when Fulham visits The Hawthorns. It’s a venue the Cottagers haven’t won at in the top flight since the 2000/01 season, and they’ll be going in to the game on the back of a four-game winless streak.
Mark Schwarzer will make a welcome return between the sticks for Fulham after missing the 2-1 loss to Swansea City. Replacement ‘keeper David Stockdale was responsible for both goals Fulham conceded, and he received little support from manager Martin Jol post-match. Schwarzer was in goal when his team beat West Brom 3-0 at Craven Cottage earlier this season, but Dimitar Berbatov was the star with a brace of goals in the first half.
The Baggies have won three and drawn three of the last six home games in the EPL against Fulham. They went down 2-0 to Manchester United last start, but they were hardly outplayed. Gareth McAuley’s early own goal was the only score until Robin van Persie’s cracker on 90 minutes sealed the win. A number of players are racing the clock to be fit for this match. Defender Jonas Olsson and midfielders Youssouf Mulumbu and Claudio Yacob are all struggling with hamstring injuries while Steven Reid has a shin injury.
West Brom has been very good at home this season posting seven wins and a draw from ten starts. Steve Clarke’s defence has been somewhat of an issue, though, as his side has only kept one clean sheet in its past ten matches.
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