FT: Fulham 1 Stoke 0

FT
The referee blows his whistle for full-time. Fulham have won 1-0 thanks to Berbatov's great strike at the end of the first half.

90+4
A late Stoke corner is punched away by Schwarzer.

90+3
Petric tries to make his mark with a powerful effort but it goes over.

90+2
The play takes place in midfield as Stoke still fail to create any late pressure.

90+1
Fulham make their final change with Mladen Petric replacing Berbatov, who has scored what could well be the winner.

90
There will be four minutes of additional time.

89
Whelan sends a loose pass straight out of play for a goal-kick.

88
A Wilson cross from the left goes straight out of play for a goal-kick. Stoke are running out of time as they fail to test Schwarzer.

86
Fulham make another change with Urby Emanuelson taking over from Duff.

85
Ruiz sends a half-volley wide of goal. Still Fulham looking the more dangerous as time ticks by.

83
Stoke can't take advantage of a corner as Huth is penalised for the ball touching his arm. Possibly a bit harsh from the referee.

82
Fulham make a change with Chris Baird replacing Karagounis.

81
Sidwell sends a driven effort wide as Fulham continue to have the better of things.

80
Stoke will need to pose a few more attacking questions in the final 10 minutes. They will look for Jerome and Jones to offer a bit more.

78
The corner is cleared.

77
A bit of danger for Stoke as Berbatov sees his shot blocked and Sidwell's effort is deflected behind.

75
Senderos and Huth have a row with a little bit of pushing. The referee calms things down and play gets going.

74
Shawcross has been booked for a late challenge as Fulham pushed forward.

73
Fulham work the corner shot and Karagounis cuts in to fire a powerful effort over the bar. The hosts are on top after Stoke had enjoyed a spell of pressure.

72
Fulham win a corner.

70
Stoke make a change with Kenwyne Jones taking over from Crouch.

69
We have a break in play as the referee checks if Crouch and Hangeland are OK after an aerial challenge. They are as Hangeland proves by lifting the referee off the ground in a funny moment.

68
Shotton tries his luck with a long throw from the right but Hangeland is equal to the challenge and heads clear.

67
Riise next effort isn't quite as good as a low shot is easily blocked by Shawcross. Fulham enjoying a bit more pressure in the last few minutes.

66
Riise cuts in from the left and sends an effort with the outside of his foot just over the bar. Good try from the Fulham man.

65
Stoke win their first corner of the match but it doesn't cause any problems for Fulham as the ball is quickly cleared.

64
Karagounis' corner from the left is easily gathered by Begovic on the edge of his six-yard box.

63
Riise's low cross from the left is fired away from danger by Shawcross. Corner to Fulham.

62
This has been a much more even match after the break. Stoke are providing the Fulham defence with lots more problems but Berbatov remains a big threat for the hosts.

61
Shea is looking lively on his Stoke debut and now he sends a half-volley just wide of goal from 25 yards.

60
Crouch sends a header over the bar from 12 yards out. The striker was stretching for the ball so didn't stand much chance.

59
The move ends when a half-volley from Berbatov is gathered at the second attempt by Begovic.

58
Fulham keep the ball near the edge of the Stoke box.

57
Jerome is caught offside as he looks to run behind the Fulham defence. The striker has already given more threat to Stoke since coming on.

56
Walters can't take advantage from the spot as his very poor penalty is saved by Schwarzer.

55
Stoke win a penalty as a volley from Shea strikes the arms of Dejagah. His arms were very high so that is the right call.

55
Whelan's free-kick hits the wall and bounces clear.

54
Karagounis has been booked for that push.

53
Stoke win a free-kick on the edge of the as Karagounis gives Whelan a push in the back.

51
Stoke make a change with Cameron Jerome replacing Cameron. That could give some extra spark to the Potters' attack.

50
A long ball forward from Stoke drifts out of play for a goal-kick.

48
Philippe Senderos gets away with a bad error as Crouch can't take advantage of a slip as his shot is saved by Schwarzer.

47
No changes from either side at the break but Shea did replace Etherington for Stoke during the first half.

46
The action starts again.

Fulham are now the 2/7 favourites to win this match with Sky Bet. Stoke can be backed at 12/1 and the draw is 7/2. There price boosts for Fulham to win 2-1 at 11/2, Stoke to win 2-1 at 18/1, Ruiz to score next at 9/1, Walters to score next at 9.1, Berbatov to score next & Fulham to win 2-0 at 12/1 and Crouch to score next & the 1-1 draw at 20/1.

HT
The referee ends the first half just after that goal. Fulham lead 1-0 thanks to Berbatov's strike.

45+2
GOAL BERBATOV! Fulham take the lead right at the end of the half. Shawcross couldn't clear a cross from the right with his header and Berbatov took full advantage with a powerful volley. Begovic didn't stand a chance.

45+1
Dejagah gets a bit carried away as he sends a volley high, high over the top of the Stoke goal from 35 yards. He was trying to catch Begovic off his line.

45
There will be two minutes of additional time.

44
Sidwell sends a driven effort wide of goal from 20 yards. That wasn't too close.

42
Fulham are finding it tough to get space behind the Stoke defence as an attempted through ball from Karagounis drifts through to Begovic.

40
A cross from the left from Fulham goes straight behind for a goal-kick.

39
Riise runs out of space as he tries to reach the Stoke box with a charge forward. The Potters knock the ball clear.

37
Dejagah does well to close down and Huth and charge the ball out of play for a Stoke throw.

36
Fulham continue have the better of play. Stoke haven't offered too much in attack but that could change as the game goes on with both Kenwyne Jones and Cameron Jerome on the bench.

35
Wilson is booked for a late challenge on Dejagah down the right flank. Free-kick to Fulham.

34
Berbatov can't find Riether with a neat flick in the Stoke box. The ball is cleared.

32
Shea wins a throw-in down the left.

31
The next corner is headed clear by Crouch.

30
Duff has a corner from the left and the ball is cleared straight back behind for another flag-kick.

29
We haven't had a goal yet but there has been action to enjoy. Fulham are on top but Begovic has again proved why he is one of the Premier League's top goalscorers.

28
Crouch sends a sliced half-volley over the bar. No real danger for Schwarzer.

27
It has been confirmed Etherington left the game because of a back injury. He has already gone back to the dressing room.

26
The corner is cleared as Stoke continue to have plenty of work to do at the back.

25
Stoke make a change before the corner with Brek Shea coming on for debut in place of Matthew Etherington.

24
Giorgos Karagounis fires a great free-kick at goal from 30 yards. Begovic is equal to the challenge and tips the ball over the bar.

23
Fulham win a free-kick as N'Zonzi gives Ruiz a push to the face as he challenges for the ball. The midfielder is booked and that wasn't too clever.

22
Riise's long-range effort is easily gathered by Begovic. All Fulham at the moment.

21
Duff's effort from just inside the box is blocked by Robert Huth. Stoke get men behind the ball and Fulham are forced to move back.

20
The corner is cleared. Stoke's defence hold firm as Fulham enjoy the majority of possession.

19
Stoke concede another corner as a header back to Begovic runs out of play.

18
Duff's corner from the right is easily gathered by Asmir Begovic in the centre of his six-yard box. No pressure put on the Stoke goalkeeper.

17
Sascha Riether's cross from the right is deflected behind for a corner.

16
N'Zonzi is back on the field but doesn't look too happy. He should be able to continue in the match.

15
N'Zonzi leaves the field after treatment. He shows his frustration as the Fulham fans give him some stuck.

14
There was nothing deliberate in that challenge but N'Zonzi does need treatment for a cut by his eye.

13
We have a break in play as Steven N'Zonzi receives treatment after tangling with Berbatov.

12
That was clearly the right decision. Ruiz tried his luck but everyone spotted the handball straight away.

11
The free-kick falls to Ruiz at the far post and he slaps the ball in with his hand. The referee spots it and the Fulham forward is rightly booked.

10
Fulham win a free-kick on the right. There has been a little bit of action so far in this early game.

9
Dimitar Berbatov fires a volley over the bar after beating Shawcross to a cross from the left on the edge of the six-yard box.

8
Jon Walters' cross from the right is turned away from the centre of his six-yard box by Mark Schwarzer and Fulham clear.

7
The free-kick is cleared to the edge of the box. Glenn Whelan fires the loose ball over the bar.

6
Stoke win a free-kick on the left.

4
Bryan Ruiz storms forward and fires a wild effort over the bar. Fulham having the better of the play so far.

3
Dimitar Berbatov can't keep control of the ball as Ryan Shawcross wins possession.

2
The referee blows his whistle for a Stoke free-kick before John Arne Riise fires a shot over the bar.

1
Here wo go!

The players are out on the pitch. Not long until kick-off.

Here's a bit of news on the teams as Fulham boss Martin Jol makes three changes to his starting XI. Full-back Sascha Riether is recalled following an illness whilst Ashkan Dejagah and Giorgos Karagounis also come back into the side. Stoke welcome Marc Wilson back from injury, with Potters' boss Tony Pulis also naming Geoff Cameron in his starting XI as Andy Wilkinson and Michael Kightly make way. January signing Brek Shea is named amongst the substitutes with the USA international set to make his Stoke debut if introduced.

James from Northampton writes: "Hoping stoke can pull of their second away victory of the season today! Fulham have been poor at home so today we have as good a chance as any! Also great to see Marc Wilson back and looking forward to seeing new signing Brek Shea in action. Come on Stoke!!!"

The teams are in - Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Sidwell, Karagounis, Dejagah, Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs: Etheridge, Baird, Petric, Hughes, Rodallega, Emanuelson, Kacaniklic.

Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Cameron, Etherington, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Adam, Whitehead, Kightly, Shea, Jerome.

The referee is Lee Probert.

Jamie Casey brings us the news from Sky Bet ahead of the match: "Stoke's troubles on the road this season have been underpinned by their inability to find the net, with a wretched record of just a single goal in their last six away games, but Fulham have won just five of their 13 games at Craven Cottage this season. With that in mind, under goals looks the way to go, with under 1.5 priced at 7/4 while no goals in the first half, which has been the case in 12 of the Potters' 26 games this season, is 13/8."

Hello and welcome to the first Premier League game of the weekend as Fulham take on Stoke. Send pre-match e-mails to nick.hext@bskyb.com.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 27 September 2014
12:45
Liverpool v Everton  
15:00
Chelsea v A Villa  
C Palace v Leicester  
Hull City v Man City  
Man Utd v West Ham  
Southampton v QPR  
Sunderland v Swansea  
17:30
Arsenal v Tottenham  
Sunday, 28 September 2014
16:00
West Brom v Burnley  
Monday, 29 September 2014
20:00
Stoke v Newcastle  
Saturday, 04 October 2014
15:00
Hull City v C Palace  
Leicester v Burnley  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 5 9 13
2 Southampton 5 6 10
3 A Villa 5 0 10
4 Arsenal 5 4 9
5 Swansea 5 2 9
6 Man City 5 3 8
7 Leicester 5 1 8
8 West Ham 5 1 7
9 Tottenham 5 1 7
10 Hull City 5 0 6
11 Liverpool 5 -1 6
12 Man Utd 5 1 5
13 Stoke 5 -1 5
14 Everton 5 -2 5
15 C Palace 5 -2 5
16 West Brom 5 -4 5
17 Sunderland 5 -1 4
18 QPR 5 -8 4
19 Burnley 5 -3 3
20 Newcastle 5 -6 3

Updated Sun, 21 Sep 2014

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