Fulham face Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Football.
Fulham are at full strength for the visit of London neighbours Brentford to Craven Cottage on Saturday lunchtime. A number of players have been able to recover fitness during the suspension of competition during the coronavirus pandemic, including Josh Onomah (knee), Alfie Mawson (unspecified), Maxime Le Marchand (back) and Joe Bryan (hamstring).
Cottagers boss Scott Parker said on Thursday that the club have managed to extend all loan deals, which had been due to expire on June 30, until the end of the Championship season, which means Terence Kongolo, Harry Arter, Harrison Reed and Anthony Knockaert will be available for the remainder of the campaign. Three Fulham players tested positive for coronavirus in the initial rounds of testing, but all are now back in training.
Pontus Jansson is in contention for Brentford after being out since January with a hip problem, as is Mathias Jensen who was sidelined by an unspecified injury prior to the shutdown. Sergi Canos and Nikos Karelis (both knee) are in training but have not featured in the club's warm-up friendlies.
Karelis and Kamohelo Mokotjo have signed contract extensions to keep them at the club beyond June 30. A member of staff at Brentford is still self-isolating after the club confirmed on Wednesday he had tested positive for coronavirus.
With a little over 100 days since the last round of Championship fixtures, recent form will count for little in the nine games that remain. However, prior to football's suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic in March, Fulham drew 1-1 away to Bristol City, with Brentford thumping Sheffield Wednesday 5-0 at Griffin Park.
What the managers said...
Fulham's Scott Parker: "Lockdown and football ending didn't come at a good time for us or Brentford. We were top of the form table in the last 16 games, Brentford were second. We were the form teams. That's why it was anticipated as a tasty clash, with the added edge of a derby.
"The facts are we're having to go back into it after three months. I understand what this means and what it means to the fans. It'll be a tough game against a very good side. It'll be a big challenge and Brentford will be feeling the same."
Brentford's Thomas Frank: "Our aim is to get promoted. We are in a good position in the league. We don't take anything for granted but we trust ourselves and believe in ourselves. As long as there is a chance we will go for that [top two spot].
"We are in a better place because we have all our injured players back. Everybody is fit and ready for selection which is very positive. When we can play our strongest team, plus having the next in line, then we are very strong."
Fulham have won just one of their last 18 home games against Brentford in all competitions (D10 L7), a 1-0 victory back in April 1990.
Brentford are looking to complete a league double over Fulham for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
Fulham have won more points at home this season than any other Championship team (38).
Fulham have registered 506 sequences of 10+ passes in open play this season, 153 more than the next highest side which is Brentford (353).
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Brentford have won just two of their last 10 away games in the Championship (D4 L4).
Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is the Championship's leading scorer this season (23 goals), has won more points with his goals than any other player in the competition in 2019-20 (23 pts won).
We are back! And what a game we have to resume proceedings in the Championship! The word unprecedented has been used a lot in the last few months, and this is certainly an unprecedented time in the world of predicting results!
Usually you have a look at the form guide to give you some indication of where these teams are at, but this may be a lot more like trying to predict the result of the first game of the season - but with only nine games to go!
One thing I do know is that Fulham need a win if they are to pile the pressure on Leeds and West Brom, and a defeat for Brentford will all-but entirely put them out of the automatic-promotion race. It will be tight, but I'm going to back the Bees.
David Prutton predicts: 1-2 (9/1 with Sky Bet)