Here is our Fulham v Stoke City preview for this weekends match.

Welcome to our analysis of Stoke City’s trip to Fulham in the Barclays Premier League. Both of these teams would consider mid-table respectability to be an acceptable return from the season, but thus far Fulham are struggling somewhat in the bottom three.

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Last Six Meetings

Premier League – 23rd Feb 2013 – Fulham 1 – 0 Stoke
Premier League – 24th Nov 2012 – Stoke 1 – 0 Fulham
Premier League – 11th Feb 2012 – Fulham 2 – 1 Stoke
Premier League – 15th Oct 2011 – Stoke 2 – 0 Fulham
Premier League – 22nd Jan 2011 – Fulham 2 – 0 Stoke
Premier League – 28th Dec 2010 – Stoke 0 – 2 Fulham

Goals Scored

Both of these teams have scored four goals so far this season in the Premier League.

Goals Conceded

Stoke have conceded six goals in six games so far in the Premier League, whereas Fulham have conceded nine.

Team and Selection News

Scott Parker will be a big miss for the home side, having picked up a calf injury in their previous fixture. Stoke have no major absentees, but Matthew Etherington is still out. The Potters may freshen their side up having lost at home to Norwich last time out, with the likes of Ireland, Crouch, Palacios and Pennant possible starters. Bryan Ruiz may start for Fulham after his spectacular strike against Cardiff which occurred after he came off the sub’s bench.

Conclusion

Both of these teams lost at home last time out, and thus can’t be said to be going into this fixture in top form. Nonetheless, Fulham have relied on their form at Craven Cottage to retain their Premier League status traditionally, and certainly wouldn’t settle for a point here, particularly as they are playing a Stoke side who were perennially abysmal on their travels under former manager Tony Pulis. The outcome may depend on which Dimitar Berbatov turns up, but if the mercurial Bulgarian has one of his good days, I think Fulham will shade a low scoring game.