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Boleyn Ground (ATT 33,458) 1st September 2012 - Kick off 12:45 Ref: A Taylor

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Andy Carroll: New loan signing in line to make his West Ham debut against Fulham

Andy Carroll: New loan signing in line to make his West Ham debut against Fulham

Fulham will be hoping to make light of the loss of Moussa Dembele when they travel to Upton Park to face West Ham on Saturday.

After a five-star display on the opening day before giving Manchester United a scare last week, the exit of their key midfielder to Tottenham has taken some of the gloss off Fulham's positive start.

The Cottagers were also eliminated from the Capital One Cup by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in midweek and Martin Jol will be anxious to get his players focused for this one.

Like their visitors for this lunch-time kick-off West Ham began their Premier League campaign with a home win before losing on their travels.

But it was the manner of the Hammers' 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Swansea that will have worried Sam Allardyce last weekend.

Poor errors from Jussi Jaaskelainen and James Collins added to their woes but his team looked disjointed throughout.

Perhaps the West Ham boss took encouragement from Tuesday's 2-0 cup win over Crewe because those fringe players may well need to be called upon at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

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England striker Andy Carroll is in line to make his West Ham debut against Fulham after completing a season-long loan switch from Liverpool.

Left-back George McCartney (ankle) and centre-halves James Collins (calf) and Winston Reid (knee) face late fitness tests after picking up knocks against Swansea last weekend.

Midfielder Jack Collison remains sidelined with a knee problem but the likes of Jussi Jaaskelainen, Guy Demel, Mark Noble, Mohamed Diame and Matt Jarvis will return after they were rested for the midweek Capital One Cup win over Crewe.

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Fulham boss Martin Jol will welcome back the majority of the players who missed the midweek Capital One Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

Forward Mladen Petric did not feature in the 1-0 loss due to a slight knock, while midfielder Mahamadou Diarra was rested.

Full-back John-Arne Riise returns following a muscular injury but Bryan Ruiz, who pulled up with a hamstring problem during the warm-up at Hillsborough, is a doubt with Kerim Frei (pelvis) and Philippe Senderos (foot) still ruled out.

Kieran Richardson has joined for Sunderland and more arrivals are expected before the deadline.

Opta Facts

  • Carlton Cole has scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances against Fulham.
  • Fulham have only won four of 49 Premier League London derbies away from home.
  • West Ham have conceded more fouls than any other Premier League team this season (36).

Previous game's starting line-ups

4-3-3
  • Adrian 13 Adrian
  • Demel 20 Demel
  • Tomkins 5 Tomkins
  • Reid 2 Reid
  • Armero 8 Armero
  • Noble 16 Noble
  • Nocerino 47 Nocerino
  • Diame 21 Diame
  • Downing 23 Downing
  • Carroll 9 Carroll

  • Jarvis 7 Jarvis

Team taken from West Ham United vs Arsenal (Barclays Premier League) on Tuesday 15th April 2014

4-4-1-1
  • Stockdale 13 Stockdale
  • Riether 27 Riether
  • Heitinga 4 Heitinga
  • Hangeland 5 Hangeland
  • Amorebieta 35 Amorebieta
  • Kasami 8 Kasami

  • Sidwell 7 Sidwell
  • Diarra 9 Diarra

  • Richardson 15 Richardson
  • Holtby 10 Holtby

  • Rodallega 20 Rodallega

Team taken from Fulham vs Norwich City (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 12th April 2014


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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Liverpool 34 77
2 Chelsea 34 75
3 Manchester City 33 71
4 Arsenal 34 67
5 Everton 34 66
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 60
7 Manchester United 33 57
8 Southampton 34 48
9 Newcastle United 34 46
10 Stoke City 34 43
11 Crystal Palace 34 40
12 West Ham United 34 37
13 Hull City 33 36
14 Aston Villa 33 34
15 Swansea City 34 33
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 34 32
18 Fulham 34 30
19 Cardiff City 34 29
20 Sunderland 33 26

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