Craven Cottage

Next Game

Fulham v Brentford

Friday, 03 April 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Last Game

Huddsf'ld 0 - 2 Fulham

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Jol hopeful over key pair

Fulham boss Martin Jol is hopeful that Scott Parker and Dimitar Berbatov will be fit for Monday's visit to lowly Crystal Palace.

Last Updated: 17/10/13 at 18:32 Post Comment

Dimitar Berbatov: Fulham striker set to face Crystal Palace

Dimitar Berbatov: Fulham striker set to face Crystal Palace

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Combative midfielder Parker limped out of the defeat to Cardiff before striker Berbatov was forced off during the 1-0 win over Stoke prior to the international break, a result which lifted the Cottagers out of the Premier League relegation zone.

But Jol believes both will be available for the short trip to Selhurst Park, while his international players also appear to have returned unscathed from World Cup qualifying duty.

Jol said: "Scott Parker will train with us on Friday so hopefully he'll be fine because he's back again.

"Berbatov will be back and Aaron Hughes will train on Friday. Everything is fine because all the international players came back and looked good."

Jol has also urged Ashkan Dejagah to stake a claim for a regular place on the right wing after he returned from injury to feature for Iran in their win over Thailand earlier this week.

"I've got, as I said before, a few options on the flank - especially on that flank - so first he must be 100 per cent fit," the Dutchman added.

"I told him a couple of weeks ago that I want him to be the number one but, of course, I want Damien Duff to be the number one, I want Bryan Ruiz to be the number one.

"They have to compete for their places so, of course, if he's not fit, 100 per cent fit, he won't be in contention. As soon as he's fit, and he wasn't until now because he had a big injury, then he'll be back in the squad."

Palace are rooted in the bottom three having picked up only three points from their opening seven fixtures, but Jol has warned that Ian Holloway's side should not be underestimated.

"It's not easy to go away from home to play against these teams," he said. "If you saw Crystal Palace away against Liverpool in the second half, they could have scored more goals than one. Of course, it was 3-0 going into the second half but they could have scored two or three.

"They're a strong team and it will be difficult but I think we've got the qualities and the players to get a result.

"They need the points as well - it's the Premier League, so it will be difficult but hopefully we'll get the points because we need these points to get up the league table.

"I think Crystal Palace started off well and then, of course, had a few difficult oppositions to play so they didn't have the rub of the green and were a bit unfortunate, like us, and that's why they are where they are."

Watch Crystal Palace v Fulham live on Ford Monday Night Football, coverage starts at 7pm on Sky Sports 1

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe back running after untimely knee setback

Jordon Ibe remains hopeful of a return to the Liverpool first team this season after returning to light training at Melwood this week.

'Fine' Akinfeev grateful for support

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has thanked well-wishers for their support after being struck by a lit flare thrown from the crowd against Montenegro on Friday night.

Harry Kane says debut England goal is a 'dream come true'

Harry Kane said his first goal for England was "a dream come true" after he scored 79 seconds into his debut appearance.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company