Fulham and Stoke City meet at Craven Cottage in the Premier League’s opening game of the weekend, with both clubs focused on reaching the 40-point mark.Staying in the Premier League is widely accepted as both clubs’ pre-season target and Stoke are closest to fulfilling that aim after collecting 33 points to sit 10th in the table.Martin Jol’s Fulham are places and points adrift of Saturday’s opponents and have again been blighted by inconsistency this season.Richardson has not played since the 2-0 defeat at Manchester City on January 19 but has returned to training.Fulham midfielder Kieran Richardson will miss the visit of Stoke despite nearing a return from a calf injury.Sascha Riether is back in the squad after they missed the 0-0 draw at Norwich a fortnight ago, having been taken ill the night before the match.Long-term injury worries Mahamadou Diarra and Kerim Frei stay out.Winger Shea, who has been recovering from a foot operation, is yet to be included in a Potters matchday party following his January move from FC Dallas, while full-back Wilson’s last involvement with the first team was when they broke his leg against Sunderland in October.
Meanwhile, Brek Shea and Marc Wilson are both set to feature in Stoke’s squad for the Premier League clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage. run of wins, draws and defeats in their last six league games probably sums up the Cottagers’ campaign and has ensured Jol is not free from relegation concerns, along with his team six points outside of the bottom.Stoke ended a run of six games without a win by beating Reading 2-1 at home last time out, but Tony Pulis’ side have won one time in 13 away games this season.Brek Shea and Marc Wilson are both set to feature in Stoke’s squad. Winger Shea, who has been recovering from a foot operation, is yet to be included in a Potters matchday party following his January move from FC Dallas, while full-back Wilson’s last involvement with the first team was when they broke his leg against Sunderland in October. The pair are now fit for choice, as is forward Cameron Jerome, despite suffering a knock to his knee, but striker Michael Owen is a doubt after they felt an issue along with his thigh in training.Fulham midfielder Kieran Richardson will miss the visit of Stoke despite nearing a return from a calf injury.
Richardson has not played since the 2-0 defeat at Manchester City on January 19 but has returned to training. Sascha Riether is back in the squad after they missed the 0-0 draw at Norwich a fortnight ago, having been taken ill the night before the match. Long-term injury worries Mahamadou Diarra (both knee) and Kerim Frei (pelvis) stay out.Fulham do boast a solid home record against Stoke in the Premier League after winning of the meetings in West London.That was a 1-0 triumph at West Brom in early December which was the last in a three-game winning streak that had been started by Charlie Adam scoring the only aim against Fulham at the Britannia Stadium.
Fulham vs Stoke City Match 2013
England Premier League 2013 | EPL
Date: 23 February 2013 | 23-02-2013
Venue:Craven Cottage — London
Referee: L. Probert
Steven NZonzi: A revelation for Stoke since his summer move from Blackburn Rovers, NZonziall-action displays have seen him taken to the hearts of the Britannia faithful. Strong in the tackle with an eye for a pass, the Frenchman has missed league matches for the Potters this season.
Matthew Etherington: Scorer of the winning objective the only time Stoke have left Craven Cottage with any Premier League points, Etherington has played 26 times this season, although they is yet to find the back of the net. A skilful left winger with a sinful cross, hell need close attention to deny him the chance to deliver balls to the Potters sizeable strikers.
Ryan Shawcross: Stoke fans were delighted when their captain recently signed a brand spanking new long-term deal, thereby ending a regular string of speculation linking him with bigger clubs. They was also handed his England debut in November, coming on as a substitute in a 4-2 defeat by Sweden.
Fulham team in good form and they will attack on Stoke City for Premier League match may be they lost but we predict that they will become winner of match by 2-0.lets watch results and check who will win the match?.
Teams squads and probables list expected from both sides of Fulham and Stoke City match.
Stoke City Team Players list:
(Possible, 4-4-2): Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Shea, Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington; Walters, Crouch.
Test: Owen (thigh).
Fulham Team Players List:
(Possible, 4-4-1-1): Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise; Rodallega, Frimpong, Sidwell, Duff; Ruiz; Berbatov.
Out: Richardson (calf), Diarra (knee), Enoh (match fitness), Etheridge (leg), Frei (groin).