Stoke City v Fulham: Match preview

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Barclays Premier League
Britannia Stadium;
Sat, 15th Oct; 1500 KO

Team news

Stoke winger Matthew Etherington has undergone a sugar injection to cure a back problem. Kenwyne Jones, Jermain Pennant and Marc Wilson are doubtful for the match and Wilson Palacios, Ricardo Fuller and Danny Higginbotham are unavailable for selection.

Aaron Hughes is set to return for Fulham after recovering from a groin injury, while Phillippe Sendeos and Bryan Ruiz are both injured and out for a week. Kerim Frei and Simon Davies are also unavailable.



Pulis wary of Fulham strikeforce

Tony Pulis has warned the Stoke squad not to be complacent when they host Fulham this weekend, with Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson on fire for the Cottagers at the moment.

Johnson is coming off the back of a hat trick against QPR before the international break, in which Fulham ran riot over their opposition and won the match 6-0. And Zamora has scored five goals this season, and is pushing for a place on the England squad for the 2012 Euro tournament.

And while Stoke can boast top form at their home ground, Pulis is still wary of a Fulham side on a high.


"Johnson and Zamora are as good as anything in the Premier League on their day," he said.

"Zamora is a very, very good player, a very good hold-up player and he can score goals as well.

"Johnson is bright, clever and very quick, he's always scored goals. It's going to be a tough game for us."

Pulis insisted that while some might underestimate Fulham after their slow start to the season, the side are have shown that they are a tough challenge, even when inconsistent.

"I don't think you should forget they finished eighth last year in the Premier League and the year before they got to a European final - a major European final - so they're no mugs," Pulis explained.

"They've got some very good players. Last year they did the double over us, they're a good side and we certainly won't be underestimating them.

"They were a very good side under Roy (Hodgson), and they finished eighth last year under Mark (Hughes) so Martin's picked up a decent club.

"They've got a system of playing that suits their team and have got a very experienced group of players. They haven't changed the players very much, it's 90% the same players and it's going to be a really tough game."

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