On the other hand, Martin O'Neill's Sunderland are just three points above the relegation zone in 16th place, although they do have a game in a hand.
Fulham will head into Sunday's encounter having lost just two of their last 10 league matches at home, while the Black Cats have won just one of their last 18 games in the Premier League and have yet to win away this season.
The hosts will be without winger Kieran Richardson with a hamstring injury, while Mahamadou Diarra is still a doubt with a knee problem. Chris Baird is suspended for Fulham and Simon Davies is recovering from a hip operation.
Possible starting lineups:
Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Sidwell, Riether, Dejagah, Ruiz, Kacaniklic, Berbatov
Sunderland: Mignolet, O'Shea, Bramble, Cuellar, Rose, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, McClean, Saha
Sports Mole says: 2-1