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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
13:30 19th April 2017
By  Adam Tomlinson

MATCH PREVIEW: FULHAM (H)

Huddersfield Town will look to win its third home game on the bounce when it takes on Fulham at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday 22 April 2017.

David Wagner’s side comes into the match off the back of a 1-1 draw away at Derby County after a late equaliser denied Town all three points.

In the Terriers’ previous two home matches they have scored three goals in each and walked away with maximum points.

The Opposition: Fulham

After an inspiring run of recent form, recording four wins in its last five matches, Fulham looks to gain a position in the Play-Off places.

Head Coach Slaviša Jokanović (below) is currently on track to achieve his aim of finishing in the top six of the Sky Bet Championship in his first full season, as the Cottagers sit sixth ahead of Leeds United in seventh on goal difference.

Fulham Jokanovic 4_3

Fulham showed its promotion credentials on the opening day of the season beating Newcastle United 1-0 at Craven Cottage before going unbeaten in August.

However, a run of just one win in nine followed, before the Club achieved its first 5-0 scoreline of the season as it beat David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town.

The win inspired Jokanović’s men who lost one match between November and December and began to climb the Sky Bet Championship table.

Since the turn of the year, Fulham retained its position just outside the Play-Offs positions before taking sixth spot on Easter Monday after a 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

As a number of Town fans will remember Jokanović's side play a quick and attacking brand of football, which has seen it score the most goals in the Sky Bet Championship this season with 78 in 43 games.

Throughout the season, Fulham has arguably performed better on its travels, as it’s the third best performing team away from home. The Club has picked up 36 points from 21 away games, only one point less than at home – playing one game fewer.

Fulham Players to Watch

Creative midfielder Tom Cairney (below) has been Fulham’s most influential player this season, being directly involved with 20 of the league goals they’ve scored. He’s both scored and set-up 10 goals so far this year and has been key to the Club’s success.

Fulham Cairney 4_3

Striker and wide man Sone Aluko was influential in Town’s 5-0 defeat earlier this season; the 28 year-old set up two goals and has been involved in 18 goals for his side this year.

Another one to watch is young defender Ryan Sessegnon. The 16 year-old has caught the attentions of a number of Premier League sides this season and has featured in 27 games in all comps; the left sided player has also scored seven goals for Fulham.

Fulham January Transfers

Slaviša Jokanović added two new faces to his Fulham squad during the January Transfer window, both joining on loan until the end of the season.

Defensive midfielder Thanos Petsos joined on loan from Werder Bremen, however, he is yet to feature for the Club, whilst striker Gohi Cyriac (below) had made nine appearances for Fulham and scored once following his loan switch from KV Oostende.

Fulham Cyriac 4_3

Eight players left the Cottagers during the window, most notably Matt Smith joined QPR for an undisclosed fee whilst, Cauley Woodrow and Lasse Vigen Christensen joined Burton Albion on loan.

Fulham's Last League Line-up (4-3-3)

GK: Marcus Bettinelli

LB: Scott Malone
CB: Tim Ream
CB: Tomáš Kalas
RB: Ryan Fredericks 

CM: Stefan Johansen
CM: Kevin McDonald
CM: Tom Cairney

AML: Ryan Sessegnon
AMR: Sone Aluko
S: Floyd Ayité

Fulham Team News

Striker Chris Martin is unavailable after receiving a red card in Fulham’s 3-1 win over Norwich City; Saturday’s match will be the striker’s second of a three match ban.

The only other player missing for Fulham is Ghanaian right back Denis Odio, who is still returning to fitness.

Huddersfield Town Team News

Huddersfield Town will be without the services of Jon Gorenc Stanković (knee) and Kasey Palmer (hamstring) who both miss the game through injury.

Harry Bunn got some more minutes under his belt in the Under-23s' 3-2 defeat to Birmingham City, whilst Izzy Brown has re-joined David Wagner’s First Team squad.

Philip Billing is also a doubt after sustaining a groin injury against Preston North End on Good Friday.

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