Fulham vs. Aston Villa: Preview and TV schedule

Paul Gilham

After a promising performance in midweek, Fulham could finally end their losing streak at home to Aston Villa on Sunday.

René Meulensteen's tenure at Fulham began with a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in midweek, meaning the Cottagers' losing streak is now a mammoth seven games in all competitions. However, their performance against Spurs did offer promise, with Fulham attacking with an exciting verve and creating several good opportunities. On another day, they could've easily won.

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So, all hope is not lost ahead of Sunday's game at home to Aston Villa, with the Villans having been incredibly patchy themselves this season. They're sitting pretty in tenth place and are unbeaten in their last five league games -- though they've only won two of them.

Fulham will still be without Hugo Rodallega and Matthew Briggs through injury, while Pajtim Kasami and Dimitar Berbatov will likely form their attack in the absence of ineligible loanee Villan Darren Bent. Brede Hangeland is doubtful with a leg injury. For Villa, Charles N'Zogbia and Jores Okore are both definitely sidelined, with Joe Bennett and Ron Vlaar in doubt.

Fulham injuries and suspensions

Out: Hugo Rodallega (groin), Matthew Briggs (hernia), Darren Bent (ineligible). In doubt: Brede Hangeland (leg).

Aston Villa injuries and suspensions

Out: Charles N'Zogbia (calf), Jores Okore (knee). In doubt: Joe Bennett (back), Ron Vlaar (calf).

Projected lineups

Fulham: Maarten Stekenburg; John Arne Riise, Aaron Hughes, Philippe Senderos, Sascha Riether; Alexander Kačaniklić, Scott Parker, Giorgos Karagounis, Ashkan Dejagah; Pajtim Kasami; Dimitar Berbatov.

Aston Villa: Brad Guzan; Antonio Luna, Nathan Baker, Ciaran Clark, Leandro Bacuna; Fabian Delph, Ashley Westwood, Karim El Ahmadi; Andreas Weimann; Libor Kozák, Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Match Date/Time: Sunday, 1:30 p.m. local, 8:30 a.m. ET

Venue: Craven Cottage, London, England

TV: NBC Sports Network (U.S.), TSN2 (Canada), Sky Sports 1/HD (U.K.).

Online: NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S.), Sky Go (U.K.).

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