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Premier League preview: Fulham v Sunderland

15 November 2012 13:14

Fulham can maintain the pressure on the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in Sunday's English Premier League clash with Sunderland.

The London club are unbeaten in their past five matches and full of confidence following a thrilling 3-3 draw against Arsenal last weekend.

Fulham trailed by two goals after 23 minutes at the Emirates before Dimitar Berbatov inspired the visitors with a brace and Mark Schwarzer saved a penalty at the death to secure a point.

Berbatov has been instrumental since his arrival from Manchester United on transfer deadline day, with five goals making him an instant favourite among the Fulham faithful.

Fulham, who have scored more goals than any other team apart from league leaders Manchester United, are undefeated in six league games when Berbatov has started.

"Berba is more than important for us, both on and off the pitch," fellow striker Hugo Rodallega said.

"He is a relaxed guy, very intelligent, but also a shy person. When he does speak, it is common sense. I am learning a lot from him and I think we can be very successful during our time here."

Fulham are ninth on the table with 16 points, behind Arsenal on goal difference and one point adrift of Tottenham in seventh place.

Sunderland, just three points above the relegation zone in 16th place, are under increasing pressure following losses to Everton and Aston Villa.

And the Tyneside club could be without Lee Cattermole, Steven Fletcher and Phil Bardsley for the trip to Craven Cottage with all three nursing injuries.

Cattermole missed the 2-1 defeat at Everton with a knee complaint, while Fletcher picked up a knock and Bardsley was absent with a hamstring injury.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
18 November 2012
Game week
12
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 3
Venue
Craven Cottage (London)
Attendance
25646

Goals

0 - 1
50' S. Fletcher
 (assist by A. Johnson)
M. Petrić 62'
(assist by D. Duff) 
1 - 1
1 - 2
65' Carlos Cuéllar
 (assist by A. Johnson)
1 - 3
70' S. Sessègnon
 (assist by S. Fletcher)

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
20
4
10 62'
2
13
24
40
# Player Bookings
23
15
9
10
12
20
25

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 4 +9 12
2 4 +3 10
3 4 +3 9
4 4 +5 7
5 4 +3 7
6 4 +2 7
7 4 +1 6
8 4 +1 6
9 4 +3 5
10 4 +0 5
11 4 -1 5
12 4 -1 5
13 4 -1 4
14 4 -1 4
15 4 -1 3
16 4 -8 3
17 4 -3 2
18 4 -3 2
19 4 -5 2
20 4 -6 2

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