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PREVIEW: FULHAM V TOWN

15 December 2015

Skuse welcomes the players returning from injury as Town look to continue their winning streak away from home at Craven Cottage tonight

Cole Skuse has welcomed a return to fitness for the likes of Kevin Bru, Ryan Fraser, as well as the imminent comeback of Teddy Bishop, as Town go into another busy Christmas schedule.

The Blues face Fulham at Craven Cottage this evening, with a much more complete squad than has perhaps been the case in the past few weeks and Cole believes they need everybody fighting fit if they’re to have a successful festive period.

“There’s a lot of games in a short period and to have players like Bishop, Bru and Fraser back, it looks like everything is slipping into place at the moment and we have nearly a fully fit squad,” he told Ipswich Player HD in the build-up to the trip to central London.

“Against MK Dons on Saturday we didn’t have a massive amount of the ball, and we didn’t retain possession but we dug deep, defended well so we picked up the three points.

“We have another tough away game tonight, and will need to be another good away performance to get us the three points.

“They’ve got some quality players. The summer before last they spent a lot of money and they have some top drawer players so it’s going to be a very, very tough game.”

Team News

Town

Mick McCarthy’s squad will be boosted by the return of both Kevin Bru and Tommy Oar for the trip to Craven Cottage, although Larsen Toure remains sidelined. Ryan Fraser made his return to the squad in the win over MK Dons on Saturday, and could well play a part tonight with the gaffer confirming he is fit enough to play in his pre-match press conference.

Fulham

Fulham will be without full-back, James Husband for the visit of Town after his loan spell from Middlesbrough ended this week. Other than Husband, the managerless side have no real injury or suspension concerns ahead of the game.

Where they stand

Town – 6th

Fulham – 17th

 


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Last time they met

A Daryl Murphy double was the difference when Town and Fulham last met back in February. Murph headed the Blues in front with little over five minutes on the clock as he latched onto a Jay Tabb corner, to steer the ball past Bettinelli in the Cottagers goal. He doubled the lead right on the stroke of half time, as he bent home from the edge of the area before Ross McCormack reduced the deficit 15 minutes from time. Fulham pushed for an equaliser, but Town stood firm to secure the three points.


Key Players

Brett Pitman

The striker grabbed the only goal as Town saw off MK Dons at stadium:mk on Saturday, and it was a thoroughly deserved strike for the Jersey-born man having produced a string of impressive performances of late. Blues will rely on Brett putting in another strong showing if they are to get another three points against the Londoners.


Ross McCormack

The Scottish striker known for his Championship goal prowess, and he has continued that reputation this season having already broken into double figures in the scoring charts. His partnership up front with Moussa Dembele is beginning to flourish and will be a danger to Town’s defence this evening.

Sky Bet Odds

Town go into tonight’s game as slight favourites having won their last three away matches. The bookies are pricing them at 6/4 to win the match whereas Fulham are available at 7/4. The draw is priced a little bit further away than either side picking up the three points, and is currently at 12/5.

Match Officials

Referee: Trevor Kettle
Assistant Referees: Dean Treleaven & Carl Brook
Fourth Official: Iain Williamson


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