Fulham fortress awaits OB

Fulham FC are unbeaten in 22 European home games and will need to keep that record going against eliminated Odense BK if they are to be certain of finishing second in Group K.

Martin Jol leads a Fulham training session
Martin Jol leads a Fulham training session ©Getty Images

Fulham FC will look to hold off Wisła Kraków and claim a place in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 as they take on Group K's bottom side, Odense BK.

• The 2010 finalists are sure to go through with a win against eliminated OB, and will go through regardless if Wisła fail to beat section winners FC Twente in Poland.

Previous meetings
• Two Andrew Johnson goals secured a 2-0 win for Fulham when the sides met on matchday two in the Cottagers' first game against Danish opponents. His low drive squirmed under Stefan Wessels for the first on 36 minutes and he wrapped up victory with a second two minutes from time.

• Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell scored a 25th-minute own goal in Aston Villa FC's 2-2 draw away to OB in the 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup.

• OB have lost five of their seven games against English opponents, drawing the other two; in England their record is W0 D1 L2. That lone away draw came in London, 1-1 against Arsenal FC in the 1993/94 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup first round.

Match background
• Fulham have already played 13 European games this season, since entering the first qualifying round through the UEFA Fair Play system. The Cottagers are the only side this season to have made it all the way from the first qualifying round to the group stage.

• Fulham remain unbeaten in 22 European home games (17 wins and five draws) stretching back to their 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 European wins at Craven Cottage.

• OB have been alternating wins and defeats for their last five European away games. If that pattern is to continue, they are due a victory on the banks of the River Thames.

• OB's last six European away games have produced 31 goals: 12 for OB and 19 for their opponents.

Team facts
• Fulham midfielder Sidwell turns 29 on the day of the match.

• OB have conceded 147 goals in UEFA competition. This will be their 99th game.

• RSC Anderlecht's Matías Suárez remains the competition's top scorer with six goals, one ahead of Fulham's Johnson – suspended after receiving a red card on matchday five.

• A number of OB players have experience of English football:
Eric Djemba-Djemba (Manchester United FC 2003-05, Aston Villa FC 2005-06)
Andreas Johansson (Wigan Athletic FC 2005-07)
Bernard Mendy (Bolton Wanderers FC 2002-03, Hull City AFC 2008-10)
Morten Skoubo (West Bromwich Albion FC 2004)
Stefan Wessels (Everton FC 2007-08)

• Former Denmark midfielder Claus Jensen played for Fulham from 2004 until his retirement in 2007.

• A former midfielder, capped three times for the Netherlands, Fulham manager Martin Jol played in Germany and England as well as his home country. He has coached in all three nations too with Tottenham Hotspur FC, Hamburger SV and AFC Ajax.

• Henrik Clausen has spent almost his entire career with OB, barring a brief spell as assistant coach at Vejle BK between 2001 and 2003. He led the club's youth and reserve teams before being given the senior job in 2010, leading them to second place in the league. His side finished bottom in their section in last season's UEFA Europa League group stage behind VfB Stuttgart, BSC Young Boys and Getafe CF.

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