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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