WEST HAM UNITED v FULHAM
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2013
KICK-OFF: 3PM
REFEREE: MARTIN ATKINSON

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Introduction

• Fulham are the visitors to the Boleyn Ground on Saturday as West Ham United go in search of their first Barclays Premier League win in five games.

• The Hammers are also hoping to end a run of five home league matches without victory, a run which includes four defeats.

• Goals have also been hard to come by for Sam Allardyce's side recently with just two being scored in their last five league outings.

• Last time out against Chelsea the team also failed to find the net as they slipped to a 3-0 defeat.

• West Ham currently sit just outside the relegation zone in 17th place, ahead of Saturday's opponents Fulham on goal difference.

• Fulham occupy the last relegation place presently after losing their last four league fixtures.

• Last time out a late Jonjo Shelvey goal consigned them to a 2-1 defeat to Swansea City at Craven Cottage.

• Two of the Cottagers' three league wins so far have come away from home but they have lost the other four away fixtures.

• On their last away outing Martin Jol's team were soundly beaten 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield.

Team news

West Ham United

• Winston Reid (ankle), Andy Carroll (foot) and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) are the Hammers long-term injury absentees.

• Mladen Petric will also miss out through injury while it's unlikely Razvan Rat will recover in time to face the Cottagers.

Fulham

• Sascha Riether will miss out as he serves the last game of his suspension whilst Damien Duff will also miss out with a groin injury.

• Hugo Rodallega and Matthew Briggs (both groin) are also out whilst Brede Hangeland is doubtful with a sciatic nerve problem.

Background

• West Ham United's first game against Fulham took place in 1898, in the Southern League Second Division. The Hammers came away with a 2-1 win and won the reverse fixture 1-0.

• The Hammers' record win over the Cottagers was a 7-2 home Division One victory on 3 February 1968. West Ham United have also beaten their London rivals 6-1 and 5-1, with Fulham's record win being a 5-0 home victory on 7 November 1936.

• Carlton Cole has scored six goals in his last eight Premier League appearances against Fulham and netted an own-goal in one of those games too.

• West Ham and Fulham have met 18 times in the Premier League era with the Hammers winning ten, drawing five and losing three.

• The Club's overall record reads 63 wins, 28 draws and 38 losses in 129 meetings against the Cottagers.

Last time out

Saturday 23 November 2013
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United 0-3 Chelsea

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, O'Brien, Noble, Nolan (Jarvis 76), Morrison, Collison (Diame 40), J Cole (Maiga 40), Downing
Subs not used: Adrian, Taylor, McCartney, C Cole

Saturday 23 November 2013
Barclays Premier League
Fulham 1-2 Swansea City

Fulham: Stekelenburg, Zverotic, Hughes, Amorebieta, Richardson, Parker (Taarabt 86), Boateng (Sidwell 60), Kasami, Ruiz (Kacaniklic 77), Berbatov, Bent
Subs not used: Stockdale, Senderos, Dejagah, Dembele
Goal: Parker 64

Previous meeting

West Ham were sent to defeat at Craven Cottage by goals from Dimitar Berbatov, Hugo Rodallega and a Joey O'Brien own goal. Kevin Nolan cancelled out Berbatov's 10th minute opener when he finished off Mark Noble's low free-kick three minutes after half-time. Just a minute later however Fulham were back in front when Rodallega met a Damien Duff cross. A late deflection off O'Brien compounded the Hammers' woes.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise, Duff, Karagounis (Baird 66), Sidwell, Rodallega, Ruiz (Dejagah 66), Berbatov (Petric 75)
Subs not used: Etheridge, Frimpong, Hughes, Davies
Goals: Berbatov 10, Rodallega 49, O'Brien og 90+1

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel (Taylor 67), Reid, Tomkins, O'Brien, Diame, Noble, Nolan, Jarvis, J Cole (Carroll 76), Chamakh (C Cole 56)
Subs not used: Henderson, Vaz Te, Pogatetz, O'Neil
Goal: Nolan 48

Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

30 January 2013 Fulham 3-1 West Ham United
1 September 2012 West Ham United 3-0 Fulham
26 December 2010 Fulham 1-3 West Ham United
2 October 2010 West Ham United 1-1 Fulham
2 May 2010 Fulham 3-2 West Ham United
4 October 2009 West Ham United 2-2 Fulham

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th (46 points)
2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)

Fulham

2012/13 Premier League 12th (43 points)
2011/12 Premier League 9th (52 points)
2010/11 Premier League 8th (49 points)
2009/10 Premier League 12th (46 points)
2008/09 Premier League 7th (53 points)
2007/08 Premier League 17th (36 points)
2006/07 Premier League 16th (39 points)
2005/06 Premier League 12th (48 points)
2004/05 Premier League 13th (44 points)
2003/04 Premier League 9th (52 points)

Referee

• Saturday's match referee will be Martin Atkinson.

• A referee since the age of 16, Atkinson was promoted to the Football League list of assistant referees in 1998. In 2000, Atkinson was promoted to the Select Group of assistant referees, allowing him to run the line in Premier League matches.

• Atkinson joined the National List of referees for the Football League at the start of the 2003/04 season before taking charge of his first Premier League fixture on 20 April 2005 when Manchester City entertained Birmingham City.

• Atkinson was the man in the middle at the 2006 FA Community Shield between Chelsea and Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. He also took charge of the 2008 FA Trophy final between Ebbsfleet United and Torquay United at Wembley Stadium.

• Atkinson is refereeing West Ham for the first time this season but did referee three of the team's matches last season, against Swansea City and Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League and against Manchester United in the FA Cup.

• Atkinson will be assisted by Peter Kirkup and Harry Lennard whilst the fourth official will be Michael Oliver.

General information

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