Preview: Fulham vs. Sunderland

Martin Jol
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Sports Mole previews the mid-table clash between Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

Two sides looking to secure top-half finishes meet at Craven Cottage on Sunday when Fulham host Sunderland.

Martin Jol will be back in the dugout after missing Fulham's games against Everton and Liverpool, but is likely to be without Andrew Johnson, who is still struggling with a thigh problem.

Martin O'Neill's visitors are currently 11th in the table and are without a win in their last six games.

Titus Bramble is close to a return but is unlikely to feature, while Nicklas Bendtner and John O'Shea are both major injury doubts.

Midfielder Craig Gardner is available again after suspension and could be named in the starting lineup alongside Craig Gordon, who is set to continue in goal after making his return against Bolton Wanderers.

Current form:

Fulham: WLWDWW
Sunderland: DDDLDD

Possible lineups:

Fulham: Schwarzer; Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, John Arne Risse; Frei, Murphy, Diarra, Dempsey; Dembele; Pogrebnyak

Sunderland: Gordon; Bardsley, Kilgallon, Turner, Bridge; Gardner, Cattermole, Colback, McClean; Sessegnon, Campbell

Sports Mole says: 3-1

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CBournemouth462612898455390
4Middlesbrough4625101168373185
5Brentford462391478591978
6Ipswich TownIpswich4622121272541878
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves4622121270561478
8Derby CountyDerby4621141185562977
9Blackburn RoversBlackburn461716136659767
10Birmingham CityBirmingham461615155464-1063
11Cardiff CityCardiff461614165761-462
12Charlton AthleticCharlton461418145460-660
13Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds461418144349-660
14Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest461514177169259
15Leeds UnitedLeeds461511205061-1156
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham461410226283-2152
18Bolton WanderersBolton461312215467-1351
19Reading461311224869-2150
20Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton461017194454-1047
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham461116194667-2146
RMillwall46914234276-3441
RWigan AthleticWigan46912253964-2539
RBlackpool45413283691-5525