Fulham vs West Brom preview: Team news, predicted line-ups, how to watch, key quotes and head-to-head
Ademola Lookman of Fulham FC during the Premier League match between Fulham and Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage on October 24, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)

West Bromwich Albion travel to Fulham on Monday night, with both sides looking to pick up their first win since promotion from the Championship.

Sitting 19th in the Premier League, the home side have gained just one point since winning the playoff final against Brentford, with a 1-1 draw with Sheffield United the only time they have avoided defeat.

Just two points better off than their opposition, the Baggies find themselves just one place above the relegation zone, drawing on three occasions. 

Team news 

After picking up a red card against Crystal Palace in Fulham's most recent fixture, striker Aboubakar Kamara will miss the game through suspension.

The Cottagers will also be without Neeskens Kebano, Kenny Tete, Terence Kongolo and Josh Onomah, while Joachim Andersen is also unlikely to feature despite returning to training. 

The away side have no fresh injury concerns, but Kamil Grosicki could feature for the first time this season after his move to Nottingham Forest collapsed. 

Predicted line-ups 

Fulham: Areola, Robinson, Aina, Ream, Adarabioyo, Cairney, Anguissa, Reed, Loftus-Cheek, Lookman, Mitrovic

West Brom: Johnstone, Townsend, Ajayi, Ivanovic, Furlong, Livermore, Sawyers, Gallagher, Pereira, Diangana, Grant 

Ones to watch

Fulham - Ademola Lookman

Before the start of the season, Fulham's hopes were pinned on Aleksandar Mitrovic to be the one to save them from immediate relegation.

However, the expectation that the Serbian was going to produce a similar goal-scoring number to that of his 26 strikes in their promotion campaign has not come to fruition, with just two goals in six games this season.

This has given new signing Ademola Lookman the chance to take centre stage. Since he arrived from RB Leipzig on loan, the 23-year old has looked to be the brightest spark in their team.

Scoring once in three games, with the Englishman denied a higher tally by the post on two occasions against the Eagles, the former Everton man has been Fulham's main attacking creator.

According to Whoscored, the winger has produced 3.3 dribbles, two key passes, and three shots a game, with the combination ranking him at the top of the Fulham squad.

The tricky attacker will provide danger on the attack, with Cottagers fans hoping that he can reproduce the magic he showed against Sheffield United.

West Brom - Karlan Grant 

Scoring his first goal against Brighton & Hove Albion last Monday, Karlan Grant is the man to watch for West Brom.

In their 2-1 loss to Palace last week, Fulham struggled to contain the smart runs in behind their defence, with the foundation of the two goals they conceded coming from defenders losing their man.

This is where Grant comes in. Playing as the Baggies' sole striker, the former Huddersfield Town man does not only find space through making intelligent runs behind the opposition defence, but smart positioning in the final third between centre-backs allows plenty of clear cut shooting opportunities. 

Grant also scored once against the Cottagers last season but ended up on the losing side on both occasions when playing for Huddersfield in the Championship last season. 

Last time out 

In the previous meeting between the two sides, West Brom and Fulham played out a 0-0 draw at The Hawthorns

Six of the last eight games between the two teams have ended in the points being shared, with the last win for either side coming back in 2010, where it was the Cottagers that ended the victors in a Premier League clash. 

Key Quotes

Ahead of the game, Scott Parker did not want to hide the importance of their upcoming game, insisting that the match against West Brom is a "huge" fixture. 

“We are only six games in, but in saying that, it’s a big, big game for us," said the Fulham boss.

“We sit on one point, West Brom sit on three, and there are other teams who are in and around it down there, so of course this is a huge game for us."

He added: “I think Slaven [Bilic] will be the same this year in terms of where he sees his team, it’s probably where we are, so this is a real big game for both teams because you want to try and take some points off each other."

In the opposition dugout, Bilic was sure that the mentality of his team has not depreciated, suggesting that his side are gaining bounce-back ability. 

“We are becoming more resilient and that has pleased me," said Bilic.

“The last half-hour against Brighton was probably our best half-hour since lockdown. I was very pleased with our reaction and the way we played."

He also said: “It would be great to win at Fulham.

“We are a very confident group of players and people. In every game apart from Southampton, we have shown that we are good enough. We just have to stretch that period when we are playing well."

How to watch 

The match will be available on Sky Sports Box Office for £14.95 on Monday, November 2 at 5:30 PM.

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