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Norwich City v Fulham


Berbatov: Talismanic Bulgarian

Berbatov: Talismanic Bulgarian

Norwich welcome Fulham to Carrow Road in the Premier League on Saturday looking for their first home win since December 15.


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The Canaries are desperate for a win to arrest their slide down the table, having not tasted victory in their last eight.

A 10-game unbeaten run earlier in the season, however, means this weekend's hosts are currently 14th, seven points clear of the drop zone.

The goals have dried up for Chris Hughton's men of late with his side having scored just two goals in their last five games, and their recent record against the Cottagers does not make for pleasant reading.

City have failed to win any of the previous 11 encounters in all competitions, and have been comprehensively outscored 27-4.

Fulham, meanwhile, ran out 5-0 winners when the teams met on the opening day of the season at Craven Cottage.

Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) is a doubt to feature for the hosts, who's only other injury concern is long-term absentee John Ruddy (hip/thigh).

The visitors find themselves level on points with their opponents, but ahead on the table thanks to a superior goal difference. They are in a slump of their own though, having won just two of their last nine in the league.

The Cottagers' away form leaves a lot to be desired, with only two victories on the road all season, and they will be hoping talisman Dimitar Berbatov recovers from a hamstring injury in time to take the field.

Martin Jol's men have not lost a game in which the Bulgarian has scored.

Fulham could also welcome Steve Sidwell (knee) and Kieran Richardson (calf) back into the team, while Simon Davies (hip) Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Kerim Frei (groin) remain sidelined.

Posted: 08/02/13 10:27

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