Fulham’s journey has been a revelation in the Premier League this season. They are sitting comfortably in the top half of the table.
Fulham travel to Sunderland for a FA Cup fourth-round replay at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night. In the reverse match at Craven Cottage, both sides played out a thrilling draw, which prompted the necessity for a replay. Sunderland took an early lead in that match through Jack Clarke and maintained the lead for about an hour. However, a brilliant solo goal by Tom Cairney levelled the scores and forced a replay.
Even though Fulham dominated that match with better chances and more possession, Sunderland can take a lot of comfort from their performance. The Championship side defended admirably for most parts of the game to keep the in-form Premier League side at bay. It is something they have to do it again if Sunderland are to cause an upset in the upcoming game. However, they have to be at the top of their game to pull off a special result on Wednesday.
Fulham’s journey has been a revelation in the Premier League this season. They are sitting comfortably in the top half of the table, with relegation fears all but firmly behind them. Even though they are winless in their last three league games, Fulham are coming into this game on the back of securing a draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. In the Premier League table, Fulham have 32 points from 22 games to be placed in the 8th spot, while Sunderland are 9th in the Championship standings with 42 points from 29 games.
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There are not too many injury concerns both sides have to deal with ahead of this clash but there are some important players who will miss this match for them. Sunderland will have to make do without their two important players in Ross Stewart and Corry Evans for possibly the entire season. Besides, Elliot Embleton and Lynden Gooch will also be out for a while. It will be interesting to see how they will replace them for this match. On the other hand, Fulham will be without Neeskens Kebano. Otherwise, they have everyone fit for this contest.
Sunderland possible line-up: Patterson, Hume, Ballard, Batth, Alese, Neil, Michut, Roberts, Diallo, Clarke, Gelhardt
Fulham possible line-up: Leno, Tete, Adarabioyo, Diop, Kurzawa, Palhinha, Reed, Reid, Pereira, Willian, Mitrovic
|Last 5 match-results||Score|
|Fulham draw Sunderland||1-1|
|Fulham beat Sunderland||2-1|
|Sunderland beat Fulham||1-0|
|Fulham lose to Sunderland||1-3|
|Sunderland draw Fulham||0-0|
The FA Cup match between Sunderland and Fulham will take place at Stadium of Light on Thursday at 1:15 am IST.
The FA Cup match between Sunderland and Fulham can be seen on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC iPlayer, BBC One, BBC Sport Web in the United Kingdom.
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