Martin Jol’s Fulham travel to Wisla Krakow tomorrow night hoping to consolidate their position as one of the top two teams in Europa League Group K.
The West London side have four points from their first two games and already they enjoy that cushion over tomorrow night’s hosts, who are yet to get off the mark.
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But any sojourn into Eastern Europe is always a tricky assignment and the Cottagers will be well aware of what lies ahead. There are no such things as easy away games in Europe, after all.
However, starting well gives you that extra confidence and breathing space and Fulham will be more than hopeful that they can make the trip back with all three points safely tucked away.
Their Barclays Premier League form is good as well; before last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke, the Craven Cottage outfit thumped their near-neighbours Queens Park Rangers 6-0.
Prior to that, Fulham hadn’t been beaten since the 28th of August – a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle. They currently sit 14th in the table though, so would love to continue with a winning mentality for the next few weeks.
As for Krakov’s domestic form, the Poles have had a satisfactory start to their campaign and they currently lie in 5th place. No doubt their vociferous fanbase will have their sights set slightly higher, however.
In team news, Fulham will have to make do without summer signing Brian Ruiz – who is sidelined with a knee complaint – Philippe Senderos and Simon Davies through injury. Bobby Zamora is expected to partner in-form striker Andy Johnson in attack though, so the away side still have plenty of attacking threat.
The match gets underway at 18:00 BST and it could be an entertaining encounter. The Londoners will know that another victory here could go a long way to securing their passage to the next round.