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Fulham v Huddersfield Town

28th December 2018, 15:52 by Warren Ashurst

The bottom two in the Premier League table meet at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon, when Fulham clash with Huddersfield.

The Cottagers lifted themselves above the Terriers with a point against Wolves on Boxing Day, but they have still only recorded one win in seven matches under Claudio Ranieri.

Their home form looks to be crucial to Fulham's hopes of survival this season, with the hosts winning one and drawing two of their last four fixtures at Craven Cottage.

Ranieri's only notable absentee is Andre-Frank Zambo Anguiss, who is missing with an ankle injury. The manager has also indicated that he is ready to stick with a five-man defence.

The Italian has used that formation in the last two matches against Newcastle and Wolves, Fulham conceding just one goal in that time, with the manager praising the 'intelligence' of his players in adapting.

Huddersfield go into the clash bottom of the table after losing their last six games and David Wagner's men have recorded just one away win in their nine league fixtures on the road this term.

Wagner is boosted by the news that there are no fresh injury concerns following the Boxing Day defeat to Manchester United, although Aaron Mooy and Tommy Smith are still missing.

Jonathan Hogg has a chance of playing and will undergo a late fitness test, after the manager revealed the midfielder trained with the squad on Thursday.

The Yorkshire club beat Fulham 1-0 in last month's clash at the John Smith's Stadium, but the last time these two teams met at Craven Cottage was in the Championship, during the 2016-17 season, when the Cottagers ran out 5-0 victors.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Warren Ashurst is senior member of the team and has been working as a journalist for over 20 years. A massive football fan, he also has a depth of knowledge on golf, tennis, cricket and rugby.

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