Fulham v West Ham

Sunday 31 March 2002

TEAM NEWS

Freddie Kanoute is set to keep his place against Fulham tomorrow, despite being upstaged by substitute Jermain Defoe against Ipswich yesterday.

Kanoute missed several chances for The Hammers, before making way for Defoe who then scored West Ham's third with two minutes to go.

However, the Frenchman, who has hit nine goals this season, is set to lead the attack alongside Paolo di Canio at Craven Cottage with Defoe remaining on the bench.

Don Hutchison and Grant McCann are definitely out but Glenn Roeder has no fresh injury worries ahead of the clash.

As a result, West Ham are likely to field an unchanged team from the side that defeated The Tractor Boys 3-1, although Vladimir Labant may replace Nigel Winterburn if two games in three days is deemed too much for the 38-year-old.

Fulham, meanwhile, are also likely to be unchanged from the side that earned a 1-1 draw against Southampton yesterday.

The Hammers will be looking to end a run of five straight away defeats, while The Cottagers have now gone seven games without a win.

MOST SIGNIFICANT STATS

Fulham's first ever home Premiership meeting with West Ham is the first of three London derbies in succession for the Hammers.

It was in the same year that England won the World Cup, when Fulham last enjoyed a home League win over West Ham.

The Cottagers have lost their last two home games in the Premiership by 0-2 scorelines.

West Ham have lost their last five away League games and haven't claimed all three points on the road since the 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on 15 December.

Fulham last did the 'double' over their London rivals in the 1965/66 season when they won 3-0 at home and 1-3 at Upton Park.

Jean Tigana's team won this season's reverse fixture 0-2 in November when Sylvain Legwinski and Steed Malbranque scored. It was Malbranque's third goal in eight days and Fulham's first ever away win in the Premier League.

Total previous meetings: 68 Fulham wins 26 West Ham wins 28 Draws 14

HEAD TO HEAD NOTES

West Ham are seeking a third League win in four visits to Fulham. They won 0-3 in the former League - Division One on 23 September, 1967 and 1-2 in their most recent visit on 10 November, 1979 in the old Second Division.

Fulham last enjoyed a League win over West Ham at Craven Cottage 36 years ago. They won 4-2 in the old League - Division One on 15 October, 1967.

The Cottagers won the reverse fixture 0-2 and are now on target for a first League 'double' over the Hammers for 38 years and third over them since the League fixture was originated in 1919.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE: MARK HALSEY, Welwyn Garden City.