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Preview: Fulham v Bristol City

Fulham v Bristol City
Sky Bet Championship
Craven Cottage
Saturday, March 12th (3pm)

Bristol City head to Craven Cottage for the first time in 19 years to take on Fulham, who sit one place above Lee Johnson's side on goal difference.

All the key information on tomorrow's opponents.

FULHAM
In front of goal, Fulham have been in fine form this season but it’s their leaky defence that has been the problem. The London club have conceded 61 goals in the Sky Bet Championship so far, the second most behind Charlton Athletic, which has seen them slip into a relegation battle. However, their goal difference is considerably better than those also in the fight for survival, largely down to goals from Ross McCormack (20) and Moussa Dembele (14). Fellow striker Calum Woodrow is back following injury as is goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, while midfielder Lasse Christensen (hamstring) remains sidelined.

HEAD COACH
Slaviša Jokanović - Serbian-born former Chelsea midfielder who was capped 64 times by FR Yugoslavia. The 47-year-old started his managerial career in 2007 with Partizan Belgrade and spent two years with the Serbian side, winning a league and cup double in 2008. After three years out of the game, Jokanović took over at Muangthong United and led the Thai club to its third Premier League title in history. He then took the post at Levski Sofia but was sacked after a poor run of results. Jokanović was appointed Hercules manager in May 2014 for the rest of the season in an attempt to keep the Spanish club in La Liga but he was unsuccessful and headed to England for a short spell with Watford. He won promotion to the Premier League with the Hornets but was replaced by Quique Sanchez Flores in the summer. The former Deportivo player spent six months with Maccabi Tel Aviv before taking over at Craven Cottage in December 2015.

STAR MAN
Ross McCormack - Signed from Leeds United for a Championship transfer record estimated at £11m. The 29-year-old started his career with Rangers and after two years with Motherwell, he moved to English leagues with Cardiff City. The Scotland international impressed for the Welsh club and was denied moves to the Premier League before signing for Leeds. He scored 58 times 154 appearances for the Yorkshire club leading to his big money sale to Fulham. The striker has 20 goals so far this season. 

OFFICIALS
Philip Gibbs is appointed as the man in the middle. John Busby and Matt Eva will assist him, and Ian Cooper will be the fourth official. 

TICKETS
The away end is sold out.

LAST TIME OUT
Bristol City 1-4 Fulham - Four first-half goals saw Fulham earn a comfortable win over City at Ashton Gate. Moussa Dembele converted from close range and double the Cottagers lead by finishing Tom Cairney’s cross. Ross McCormack added a third with a stunning free kick before Ryan Tunnicliffe lobbed Frank Fielding on 36 minutes. City grabbed a consolation goal in stoppage time through Jonathan Kodjia but it was a day to forget for Steve Cotterill’s men.

LAST SEASON
Sky Bet Championship: 17th 
FA Cup: Fourth round replay (lost to Sunderland) 
Capital One Cup: Fourth round (lost to Derby County) 

DID YOU KNOW?
Fulham have never won a major trophy. They lost in the 1975 FA Cup final to West Ham United and the 2010 Europa League final to Atletico Madrid. 

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