The full starting XIs for the Fulham vs Aston Villa match.
Fulham take on Aston Villa in the early Premier League clash at Craven Cottage in desperate need of a win after six straight defeats in the English top tier.
Martin Jol was sacked as manager following the home defeat to Swansea City last weekend, but replacement Rene Meulensteen couldn’t prevent a similar fate against Tottenham Hotspur midweek.
It was an improved performance from the Cottagers however and the boss has made just one change from the Spurs loss, with Steve Sidwell replacing Pajtim Kasami.
Whites Team to face Aston Villa: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise; Parker, Karagounis, Sidwell; Dejagah, Kačaniklić; Berbatov.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) December 8, 2013
For Villa meanwhile it’s a completely different story, as Paul Lambert has guided the team to the top 10 with a current unbeaten run of five matches.
This has included three clean-sheets, but there is some bad news for the Birmingham side as the midweek injury to club captain Ron Vlaar has ruled the Dutchman out of this match.
It means a first league start of the season for Chris Herd, who comes in to make up a very youthful back four.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) December 8, 2013