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Already relegated Sunderland will be looking to spoil Fulham’s push for automatic promotion before they begin next season in League One.

The Whites know they will overtake Cardiff by avoiding defeat on Friday night, but a win pushes them two points clear before their final fixture away to Birmingham City.

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS

Fulham have lost their last three home games to Sunderland, conceding 10 in the process.

The Black Cats are somewhat of n unlucky omen for the Londoners, as they have beaten them three times in their last four games in the Stadium of Light.

In fact, Sunderland’s 1-0 win over Slavisa Jokanovic’s men back in December 2017 was the last time they have tasted defeat – a run stretching back 22 games.

WHAT THE MANAGERS HAVE SAID

SLAVISA JOKANOVIC: “I’d prefer to change my position with Cardiff’s. They are in a perfect moment, they are one point ahead of us.

“If it was possible, I would prefer to swap and be in second, and I’d prefer they were chasing us. That’s not the case.

“We must try and do our job. We can’t think about what is going to happen later and if Cardiff are going to be under pressure or not. This is not under my control.”

CHRIS COLEMAN: “Looking at the lads and seeing where they are psychologically and physically, I’m picking the best squad I can to take on Fulham.

“We’ll have supporters travelling down there, follow us anywhere and we’ve still got a job and a duty to do.

“In the past six or seven games, six have been very good and that’s what we’ve got to continue to do.”

CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS

FULHAM XI: Bettinelli, Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Targett, McDonald, Johansen, Cairney, Piazon, Mitrovic, Sessegnon

SUBS: Button, Kalas, Christie, Norwood, de le Torre, Fonte, Kamara

SUNDERLAND: Steele, Jones, McNair, Flecther, O’Shea, Kone, Honeyman, Robson, Asoso, Wilson, Ejaria

SUBS: Lualua, McManaman, Maja, Matthews, Clarke-Salter, Mumba


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