Fulham will be pulling out all the stops to cap their spectacular season with a top-10 finish in the Premier League. The London side completed a fairy tale march to the final of the Europa League by beating Hamburg last week. They also reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup earlier this season. Roy Hodgson, the manager, will nurse his resources carefully over the two remaining league matches and is likely to give the second string another run out in tonight's clash with Stoke, which has little baring on the final league table.
And Bjorn Helge Riise insists Fulham's first-team hopefuls are determined to contribute to a remarkable season by finishing in the top half of the table ahead of their Europa League final against Atletico Madrid next Wednesday. Only four of the side that beat Hamburg started Sunday's 3-2 victory over West Ham and the players are ready to answer the call once again, said Riise. "We live to play football so there was never any question of us not being up for it against West Ham," he told the club's official website. "For those of us that were on the bench against Hamburg it was a chance to show that we can play football.
"That was important to us and we don't want to lose games, especially in the last weeks of the season and especially when we have a final coming up. For us the aim is to get that 10th place and if we beat Stoke we will be close to achieving that." Fulham sit one point adrift of 10th-placed Blackburn but have a game in hand on Rovers. They end the Premier League campaign at Arsenal, who could yet be pipped to third place by Tottenham.
Abdoulaye Faye, the Stoke captain, remains an injury doubt for tonight's game. Faye was absent for Saturday's goalless draw with Everton due to a thigh strain and could miss out again at Craven Cottage. * PA Fulham v Stoke City, 11pm, Showsports 3