Fulham v Odense: Match Preview

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Fulham v Odense
Europa League: Group K
Craven Cottage
Wednesday, 14th December; 20:05

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Fulham are expected to call upon 21-year-old Neil Etheridge to deputise for Mark Schwarzer, who has been ruled out for six weeks with a spinal injury.

Andrew Johnson also misses out, while Bryan Ruiz is ineligible. Bobby Zamora could be involved after missing the trip to Swansea City.

Odense are without Mads Toppel, Christian Sorensen and Kalilou Traore, but Bashkim Kadrii and Bernard Mendy are available after being rested against Malmo.

Jol demands win

Fulham will be hoping to grab their second opportunity to qualify for the Europa League last-32 with both hands when Group K's bottom side Odense travel to west London.

The 2010 finalists missed out on qualification for the knock-out phase when falling to a late defeat at the hands of FC Twente last time out.

Victory will assure Fulham passage to the next phase, but any other result will require them needing favours from group winners Twente, who face Wisla Krakov.

"I realise we need to win this game because of the Wisla Krakow away game, where we lost 1-0," manager Martin Jol said.

"It made it difficult for ourselves and we have to win [against Odense]. It is a must-win game.

"I know Twente will play almost a reserve side in the group's other match so I think Wisla have a great chance to win that game so we have to do everything to win."

Odense boss Henrik Clausen, who is eager to make the game a competitive one for the good of the group, said: "It will be an exciting fight, and we will do everything we can to get a good result.

"It will be a good fight, we'll be playing against a Premier League team, which certainly is a favourite - we will play it like we could go further."

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