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Wisła come to fortress Fulham

Fulham FC will look to maintain their unbeaten record at Craven Cottage on UEFA Europa League matchday four, and avenge a 1-0 Group K loss at Wisła Kraków last time out.

Craven Cottage, home of Fulham
Craven Cottage, home of Fulham ©Getty Images

Fulham FC will look to maintain their unbeaten record at Craven Cottage on UEFA Europa League matchday four, and avenge a 1-0 Group K loss at Wisła Kraków last time out.

Previous meetings
• The sides met for the first time in UEFA competition last time out in what was Fulham's first tie against a Polish club. The visitors' Moussa Dembélé was dismissed on 29 minutes, with David Biton's goal (60) giving Wisła their first Group K points, though they had Osman Chávez sent off late on.

• Wisła's four games against English sides have ended W1 D1 L2 (W0 D0 L1 in England).

Match background
• Fulham have already played 11 European games this season, since entering the first qualifying round through the UEFA Respect Fair Play system. They have won six of those, drawing three and losing two.

• The Cottagers are the only side to have made it all the way from the first qualifying round to the group stage this season.

• Fulham remain unbeaten in 21 European home games (16 wins and five draws) stretching back to their European debut, a 0-0 UEFA Intertoto Cup draw against FC Haka on 6 July 2002. A 1-1 draw with FC Twente on matchday one ended a run of nine continental wins at Craven Cottage. It was also the first time they have conceded at home in UEFA matches this season.

• Wisła have won two of their four UEFA away games this season – both victories coming in the qualifying rounds – but have lost all three of their UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League group stage fixtures on the road, having made their debut in the 2006/07 competition.

Team facts
• This is Wisła's 100th UEFA club competition game; the previous 99 have ended W45 D18 L36. The Polish side made their debut in UEFA competition in the 1968/69 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, going down 4-0 at Hamburger SV.

• RSC Anderlecht's Matías Suárez is the group stage's top scorer with five goals. FC Vaslui's Wesley, SC Braga's Hélder Barbosa, FC Lokomotiv Moskva's Dmitri Sychev and Fulham's Andrew Johnson are his closest rivals with three each.

• Wisła's Dutch defender Kew Jaliens and Fulham's Belgian attacking midfielder Dembélé were team-mates at AZ Alkmaar from 2006 to 2010. They won the Dutch title together in 2008/09.

• Another of Wisła's Dutch defenders, Michael Lamey, is on loan from English side Leicester City FC. He made his professional debut under Fulham coach Martin Jol at RKC Waalwijk in the 2001/02 season.

• Fulham striker Johnson was once considered a potential Poland player by virtue of a Polish grandfather. However, in February 2005 then England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson handed Johnson his debut in a friendly against the Netherlands when he came on for Wayne Rooney as a second-half substitute.

• Wisła boss Robert Maaskant was a midfielder, who earned acclaim coaching RBC Roosendaal, Willem II and NAC Breda before winning the title with Wisła in 2010/11, his first season in Poland.

• A former midfielder, capped three times by the Netherlands, Fulham boss Jol played in Germany (FC Bayern München) and England (West Bromwich Albion FC and Coventry City FC) as well as his home country (ADO Den Haag and FC Twente), and has coached in all three nations too with Tottenham Hotspur, Hamburg and AFC Ajax.

• Jol's Ajax beat Maaskant's NAC Breda side 6-0 in Amsterdam in a 13 September 2009 Eredivisie game. The rematch in Breda on 17 January 2010 ended 1-1.

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