Preview: Fulham v Hull City

Championship division outfit Fulham will look to add to Hull City's woes when they host the Tigers in a FA Cup fourth round tie at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

The Cottagers occupy eighth position in the latest Championship table and have not been victorious in their last two games – drawing 1-1 and losing 1-0 against Queens Park Rangers and Reading respectively.

In their most recent encounter against Reading, Slavia Jokanovic's side were unlucky not to have shared the spoils at the Madejski Stadium as Chris Martin saw his last minute spot-kick being saved, which took Fulham's total missed penalties to seven for the season.

Following his side's loss to Reading, Jokanovic bemoaned his side's inability to convert from the spot, but refused to place the blame squarely on Martin.

"We have missed seven penalties this season and it's a really strange situation and we have to find some sort of solution to this problem," he said in post-match comments.

"I've never heard of a problem like this and it's a stressful situation for myself and the players as they pushed hard and made important chances towards the end of the game.

"I cannot blame any player, Chris takes a shot from the penalty spot and it's saved. This is the fifth different player to take a penalty and I can't blame anyone in particular for this current situation," he stated.

Fulham are likely to be without defender Michael Madl, after he was replaced at half-time with a facial injury against Reading, however, Greek midfielder Thanos Petsos could feature after completing his loan move from Werder Bremen.

The Tigers have endured a torrid campaign in the Premier League thus far and find themselves battling relegation as they occupy 19th spot on the table, having amassed 16 points from a possible 66. 

Marco Silva's side boast a dismal record away from home and have only picked up three points on the road – losing nine consecutive games in the league. 

However, since the appointment of the Portuguese mentor, Hull have shown large improvement in form and of the five games that Silva has been in-charge, the Tigers registered three victories against Swansea, Bournemouth and Manchester United in the FA Cup, league and EFL Cup respectively.

In their most recent encounter, Hull brought an end to Jose Mourinho's charges' 17-match unbeaten streak in all competitions and despite losing the EFL Cup two-legged semi-final tie 3-2 on aggregate – they will no doubt have drawn inspiration from their gutsy performance.

The visitors have a number of injuries as Ryan Mason will be unavailable due to a fractured skull, in addition to Will Keane and Markus Henriksen, who are suffering from anterior cruciate ligament damage and a shoulder injury respectively.

Defender Curtis Davies remains doubtful due to a hamstring injury, whilst Robert Snodgrass looks likely to complete his move to West Ham United before Sunday's tie.

Silva highlighted that he would make changes to the team that defeated United and stressed the importance of not taking their less-fancied opponents lightly.

"It's important we continue to play in the FA Cup, but we need to be careful and respect our opponent," he said in pre-match comments.

"Fulham is the priority because it is the next game. We will make changes from last night's side – Rest is important.

"They are a good team, they play well, good ball possession, they can cause problems for us and we need to play better than them," he concluded.

The two sides face-off at 14h30.

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