Premier League preview - Fulham v Norwich City
Team news, manager, player to watch, referee and betting odds for Norwich City's opening Premier League fixture at Fulham.
• Norwich City team news:
Wes Hoolahan returned to training on Thursday after missing City's final two pre-season games with an Achilles problem. The Irishman and Anthony Pilkington (hamstring) were both forced to miss out on a potential international call-up for the Republic, although Pilkington's absence was precautionary.
Defenders Elliott Ward and Steven Whittaker (ankle) are both ruled out. Jacob Butterfield and David Fox have resumed training after knee problems hindered their pre-season preparations. Neither will be involved at Fulham although Fox is in line to feature in Monday's development league opener against Blackburn.
Subs (from): Rudd, Lappin, Garrido, Barnett, Francomb, Smith, Hoolahan, Jackson, Vaughan, Morison, C Martin.
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• Fulham team news:
- 1 Revealed: Siblings' bodies were found after father's death
- 2 Body believed to be missing man found near Norfolk coast
- 3 'It did not deliver': Glamping site vows to improve after guests hit out
- 4 Neighbours of murdered woman tell of terrifying scene in close
- 5 Sales rep who died at nature reserve named at inquest
- 6 No-frills Norwich pub offers top-notch food and every dish is under £8
- 7 Covid infection rates plummet in Norfolk
- 8 Police name murder victim, who died of 'severe head injury'
- 9 Firefighters dash to tackle blaze at coastal holiday resort
- 10 Widow threatened with debt collectors after funeral director’s bill blunder
Wantaway forward Clint Dempsey has been left out of Fulham's squad for Saturday's home game against Norwich. Dempsey has reportedly been unsettled by Liverpool's flirtation with him all summer and Cottagers' boss Martin Jol has decided the American is not in the right state of mind to take on the Canaries. Kerim Frei (pelvis), Philippe Senderos (foot) and Zdenek Grygera (knee) are unavailable.
Subs (from): Stockdale, Kelly, Kasami, Burn, Trotta, Sidwell, Briggs, Halliche, Rodallega.
Martin Jol. Experienced manager who began his long career in the Dutch amateur league with ADO Den Haag who he led to successive promotions. Guided Roda JC to the club's first trophy in 30 years. Jol then made his name in this country at Tottenham where he just missed out on Champions League qualification. Moved back to the continent during spells at Ajax and Hamburg, before he returned to England to manage Fulham in 2011.
• Player to watch:
Moussa Dembele has flourished after being switched into a central midfield role at Craven Cottage. Blessed with pace and a good range of passing, the Belgian can also find the net as his five goals during the 2010/11 season proved.
Michael Oliver (Northumberland). The youngest ever official to referee a Premier League match, Oliver is not hugely popular with Norwich City fans after sending off Grant Holt during City's 3-3 draw away to Reading in 2010, before sending manager Paul Lambert to the stands as well. Involved in fresh controversy during the build up to Stoke's winner in the Premier League at the Britannia last season.
Fulham 4/5, Norwich 7/2, draw 5/2
Fulham: Petric 11/2, Rodallega 6/1, Ruiz 7/1, Trotta 8/1, Duff 12/1.
Norwich: Holt 7/1, Morison 8/1, Jackson, Vaughan 9/1, C Martin 10/1.
No goalscorer: 11/1.