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The Hawthorns (ATT 23,835) 24th September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Attwell

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Long in line for Baggies return; Hughes to make Fulham comeback

Last Updated: 23/09/11 3:37pm

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Hodgson: Baggies boss up against his former club this weekend

Hodgson: Baggies boss up against his former club this weekend

Two teams stuck in the Premier League's bottom three meet as West Bromwich Albion entertain Fulham this Saturday.

Form guide: West Brom: LLLWL Fulham: DLLDD Injuries: West Brom: Gera Fulham: Davies Sky Bet odds: West Brom 5/4 Draw 23/10 Fulham 11/5 Jamie Redknapp's Red Hot Tips: West Brom to win 1-0 - 6/1 Opta stat:Fulham haven't scored the opening goal in a game this season - the only team in the Premier League not to do so.

Both sides are locked on three points with just one win each so far this season, a position neither side expected to be in after promising campaigns last term.

Roy Hodgson also comes up against his former club for the first time as the Baggies boss, having met them just once during his time at Liverpool.

But, after four defeats in their first five games, the West Brom manager will be desperate to kick-start the club's season.

Their only win this season was a 1-0 success at Norwich a fortnight ago, but last weekend's comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Swansea leaves them at the foot of the table.

Martin Jol is yet to win in the Premier League with the Cottagers but has already been in charge of 15 games, with 10 of those being in the Europa League.

They have reached three Premier League points through three draws, the most impressive coming at home to Manchester City last week.

Fulham became the first side to take points off Roberto Mancini's side with a 2-2 draw despite being 2-0 down at one point.

Both sides were dumped out of the Carling Cup after defeats on Wednesday night, with their respective games going to extra time.

West Brom lost out to Everton in a 2-1 defeat at Goodison Park, while Fulham took 10-man Chelsea to penalties before losing.

Team news

Gabriel Tamas will be unavailable as he completes a three-match ban for elbowing Norwich striker James Vaughan.

Striker Shane Long could return to the side after missing the game against Everton after suffering from illness.

Fulham defender Aaron Hughes could make his comeback after missing the previous three games with a knee injury.

Jol is expected to make a number of changes to the side that lost against Chelsea, with Brede Hangeland, Danny Murphy, Damien Duff and Clint Dempsey all likely to re-join the team.

Possible starting XIs:

West Brom: Foster, Reid, Olsson, Dawson, Shorey, Morrison, Scharner, Mulumbu, Thomas, Long, Odemwingie.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, J Riise, Dempsey, Murphy, Sidwell, Duff, Zamora, Dembele.

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 22 52
2 Manchester City 22 47
3 Southampton 22 42
4 Manchester United 22 40
5 Arsenal 22 39
6 Tottenham Hotspur 22 37
7 West Ham United 22 36
8 Liverpool 22 35
9 Swansea City 22 30
10 Stoke City 22 29
11 Newcastle United 22 27
12 Everton 22 23
13 Crystal Palace 22 23
14 West Bromwich Albion 22 22
15 Aston Villa 22 22
16 Sunderland 22 20
17 Burnley 22 20
18 Hull City 22 19
19 Queens Park Rangers 22 19
20 Leicester City 22 17

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