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Fulham will have to start converting some of their many draws into victories in order to stay in the division, never mind a top ten finish.

Fulham welcome Tony Pulis' Stoke to Craven cottage on Saturday afternoon with both teams looking to build on recent positive form.

In their previous league meeting just three weeks ago Fulham recorded a shock 2-0 victory with unlikely goalscorer Chris Baird netting twice inside the first ten minutes. However, Stoke were comfortable 2-0 winners when the teams met on Carling Cup duty in September.

Mark Hughes has no fresh selection concerns. Mark Schwarzer is still on international duty so the capable David Stockdale will continue in goal. Long-term absentees Bobby Zamora and Philippe Senderos are at least a couple of weeks from returning.

Pulis could have a full squad to choose from if Eidur Gudjohnsen is passed fit and Mamady Sidebe may be available to make his first appearance in five months.

Turning Draws into Victories

Fulham remain a point above the drop zone after Andy Johnson scored his first league goal in two years and rescued a late draw away to Wigan. Despite his team drawing exactly half their league games Hughes believes they can push for a top ten finish with Johnson back amongst the goals and key squad members returning to action.

The Cottagers have only lost one of their five games in all competitions and have recorded three victories in this period. However, they have won only one of their last six home league games, an emphatic 3-0 over West Brom in their last outing at the Cottage. Fulham will have to start converting some of their many draws into victories in order to stay in the division, never mind a top ten finish.

Stoke claimed a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Bolton last time out, which moved them up to a very respectable eighth in the table. Fulham will have been hoping to play a fatigued Potters side after their FA Cup replay at Cardiff in midweek went to extra time. However, Pulis made 10 changes to the side that defeated Bolton and another 2-0 victory highlighted the strength and depth the Stoke boss now has at his disposal.

The Potters have now only lost one of their last five matches in all competitions away from the Britannia and will be looking to build on this at the Cottage.

The bookmakers are quoting betting odds of 5/4 for a home win and 9/4 on both the away win and the draw.

Goals from all areas

We are unlikely to see many goals at Craven Cottage this weekend, the home team only registering 14 at home all season and The Potters only netting 12 times on their travels. Neither tend to concede too many either with both shipping 14 in their 11 home and away games respectively. Under 1.5 goals at 7/4 could be worth a financial interest for bettors.

Due to the injuries to Zamora, Johnson and Moussa Dembele, Fulham's main goal threat has come from American international Clint Dempsey who has chipped in with six goals this season. The bookmakers have him at around 7/4 to score at anytime. Andy Johnson on the same forecast at 15/8 may be a popular bet

Stoke will be hoping that record signing Kenwyne Jones will be able to add to five league goals and the bookmakers have him at around 11/5 to do so. If he fails Stoke have plenty of other goal threats within their squad. Robert Huth and Matthew Etherington have both chipped in with four league goals and are 4/1 and 8/1 respectively.

If Stoke come away from this one with all three points they could be amidst a very unlikely European push but with Sparky's men looking to kick on their season and build on recent good results this game is hard to call.

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 20/01/2011 - 15:11 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Betting News, Southampton, Stoke

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