Fulham will be hoping to end their run of defeats when they face West Brom at Craven Cottage. Martin Jol's side made a fantastic start to the campaign, thrashing Norwich 5-0 in the opening game at Craven Cottage. But the Cottagers have since slipped to three defeats on the road, going down 3-2 at Manchester United and 3-0 at West Ham, with a 1-0 Capital One Cup loss at Sheffield Wednesday sandwiched in between. Back on home soil, Jol will be looking to stop the rot against the Baggies, who he played for between 1982 and 1984. But it will be tough against the in-form visitors who have enjoyed a dream start to the campaign under new boss Steve Clarke to sit third in the early league table. The Baggies have posted home victories over Merseyside outfits Liverpool and Everton and earned a creditable 1-1 draw at Spurs, meaning they head to Craven Cottage unbeaten in their last four away games.
• Fulham have posted the best shooting accuracy in the Premier League so far, hitting the target with 80% of attempts.
• West Brom have blocked more opposition shots than any other team in the top flight (18)
Martin Jol has revealed that Dimitar Berbatov will earn first start since signing from Manchester United at the end of the summer transfer window. New signing Giorgos Karagounis may be handed a bench role as he builds up his fitness – Steve Sidwell and Mahamadou Diarra are likely to continue in central midfield, although Diarra does have a "problem" with his knee according to Jol. Bryan Ruiz missed out last time due to a hamstring problem and remains 50:50. Jol has ruled Kieran Richardson out of this one, while Philippe Senderos also remains sidelined along with Karim Frei.
M Schwarzer • S Riether, A Hughes, B Hangeland, JA Riise • D Duff, S Sidwell, M Diarra, A Kacaniklic • D Berbatov, M Petric
Steve Clarke has confirmed that winger Jerome Thomas will remain out of the first team picture after he went under the knife for a knee injury having suffered a series of niggles in recent weeks. Clarke's only other injury concern is right-back Steven Reid who is struggling with a hamstring injury sustained in the win over Everton last time out. His absence could see a start for either Billy Jones or Gonzalo Jara at full-back. Peter Odemwingie will be pushing for selection having come off the bench to set up Shane Long's opening strike against Everton, although Clarke will surely be tempted to stick with the same starting XI which took on David Moyes' men.
B Foster • B Jones, J McAuley, J Olsson, L Ridgewell • C Yacob, Y Mulumbu • MA Fortunè, J Morrison, P Odemwingie • S Long