Charlton Athletic v Fulham @ The Valley
Sunday, October 4 @ 12:00pm
Fulham hope to return to winning ways on Sunday as they visit London rivals Charlton Athletic at The Valley.
The Cottagers go into the game in mixed form following a 3-0 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday, just four days after they thrashed London rivals Queens Park Rangers 4-0.
However, they will be confident of claiming victory against a Charlton side who have lost four and drawn one of their last five games, and haven’t beaten Fulham in eight attempts stretching back to 2004.
Fulham sit 14th in the table, but they face tough fixtures against high-flying trio Middlesbrough, Reading and Burnley in their next five games.
Manager Kit Symons confirmed he has injury concerns over Matt Smith, Scott Parker, George Williams and Ryan Fredericks, while Tom Cairney is suspended.
The midfielder was shown a straight red card for a two-footed tackle in the first half against Wolves, which allowed the visitors to run riot after the break.
But midfielder James Husband is adamant the result will not get them down ahead of Sunday’s clash.
“We’ll pick ourselves up, we’ve got another game on Sunday which is a good one for us and we’re focused on it,” he told the club’s website.
“Hopefully we’ll go there, give a good account of ourselves and get three points.”
Husband has every right to be confident, considering Charlton have slumped to 17th after their encouraging start to the season turned sour.
Their influential captain Johnnie Jackson is a doubt, but midfielder Alou Diarra is available after a one-game suspension.
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