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Game preview - Wisla Krakow (h)

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Unless inconsistency yet again grabs ahold of our mid-season and strangles all passable life out of it, the visit of Wisla Krakow on Thursday night should be one to enjoy and one to gaze upon with a comparative feeling of safety. It could even be one where Jol's outlandish promise of total football actually comes to fruition - but maybe I'm getting ahead of myself.

A win isn't a given when we take on our Polish opponents in the 20:05 kick off, but if the word 'revenge' sits in the vocabulary of merely half our men, then surely the sheer presence of Gervasio Nunez on our humble Craven Cottage turf will provide stimulus enough get one over our group K rivals.

Alas, revenge isn't always enough.

Perhaps a move for Diego Milito is a somewhat uncouth one, but it shows a degree of self belief and such a sentiment is something we certainly lacked in our visit to Wisla barely two weeks ago. While the sending off of Moussa Dembele was unwarranted and controversial at best, Jol's men weren't up to the job and a draw would have been fortunate - if not a little flattering.

Arguably, then, the yet more fortunate away win at Wigan on Saturday will have done the Cottagers a boundless number of favours at it has instilled a sense that winning ugly is still a plausibility. We're not quite invincible yet, but we're on our way there.

And while we've looked at stabilising our domestic season while sandwiching European non-dramas, Wisla have set about proving that away form is one of their undeniable strengths. The Polish side have won two away games on the bounce, before falling at home in the League to TS Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała

Wisla have few injury worries, but the visitor's Osman Chavez will join Moussa Dembele in watching from the sidelines after both were sent off in the first leg.

Aaron Hughes and Orlando Sa will more-than-likely miss out through injury.

Predicted Line-up: Schwarzer; Riise, Hangeland, Senderos, Baird; Dempsey, Murphy, Sidwell, Duff; Zamora, Johnson

Score prediction: Fulham 2 - 0 Wisla Krakow