Fulham 1-0 Stoke Highlights
Dimitar Berbatov’s immaculate volley was enough to beat Stoke City and earn Fulham just their fourth victory in 19 Premier League games.
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Venue: Craven Cottage
Date: Saturday, 23 February, 2013.
Kick off: 12:45 GMT.
This is the 70th league meeting between the clubs. Fulham lead by 28 wins to 26, with 15 draws.
Stoke’s only win in their last seven visits to Fulham came in May 2010 when Matthew Etherington scored the game’s only goal.
Fulham have only earned nine points from their last 10 matches (W2, D3, L5).
They have won just three of their last 18 league games.
The west London side kept their first clean sheet in 12 league games in their last fixture, a goalless draw against Norwich.
Martin Jol’s side have surrendered 18 points from winning positions – only Reading (20) and Southampton (24) have fared worse.
Dimitar Berbatov is set to become the first Bulgarian to make 200 Premier League appearances. He has scored 83 goals in the division.
Stoke ended a six-game winless run with victory over Reading last time out.
The Potters have gone eight league games without a clean sheet, conceding 18 goals. They kept nine clean sheets in their opening 18 league games.
Their only victory in the last 22 Premier League away matches was at West Brom in December.
They have scored the highest percentage of goals from set pieces in the top flight this season (58%), and the highest proportion from corners (27%).
Robert Huth’s tally of 13 Premier League goals for Stoke since August 2009 has only been bettered by one defender (Leighton Baines, with 15) during that time.