Last August, Cauley Woodrow salvaged a point for Fulham with a last minute equaliser to deny Huddersfield Town a famous win in west London.

That goal means that Town's search for a first win against the Cottagers since 1993 continues - but it has been all change for both sides since their last meeting at the beginning of the season. Both clubs are under new management, with Town going from strength to strength under

David Wagner, the man who has provided the injection of excitement that the Terriers craved.

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Meanwhile, the jury is still out on Slavisa Jokanovic, who was only appointed as Fulham Head Coach on 27 December after Kit Symons was sacked in early November. The new man ended a winless run of nine matches with a debut victory against Rotherham, but the Whites have now lost their last three on the bounce, going down to Sheffield Wednesday in both league and FA Cup as well as losing to Wolves on Tuesday night.

However, Jokanovic has proven Championship pedigree after guiding Watford to automatic promotion last term and has two top quality strikers to work with.

Ross McCormack needs little introduction in these parts following his spell at Leeds United, and he already has 14 league goals to his name this season.

Meanwhile, Moussa Dembele is attracting attention from the Premier League and across the continent with his current contract due to expire in the summer.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Moussa Dembele of Fulham holds the challenge from Glenn Loovens and Daniel Pudil of Sheffield Wednesday during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match betwen Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham at Hillsborough Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)


Still only 19, the forward is closing in on half a century of appearances for the club's first team, and has nine goals this season so far. Playing in an advanced position, all of those strikes have come from inside the box - a rarity in a team that likes to shoot from distance.

Four points and three places behind Town in the Championship, Fulham have been the busier of the two sides in both penalty areas.

While they've scored 42 goals to Town's 35, they've also conceded more (46 compared with Huddersfield's 36) and clean sheets have proved a real issue for the Cottagers, who have kept just two in the league all season.

They have been less successful in the tackle than the Terriers (winning 68.4% compared with Huddersfield's 72.4%) and have let in more than one goal in seven of their last nine games.

So are we set up for a multi-goal thriller? Fulham have failed to score in just six matches in 2015/16, but three of those have been since the start of December.

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The midfield battle should be especially intriguing, with Saturday's visitors traditionally setting up in a 4-4-2 formation - while the dangerous duo of McCormack and Dembele may present some defensive dilemmas, Town's central midfield pairing (likely to be Jonathan Hogg and Emyr Huws) could profit in the resulting match-up.

They'll need to as well - Fulham average 53% possession and their propensity for long range shots puts an extra onus on the defensive midfielders to provide cover for the centre backs. Plus, the Cottagers have been very successful at making their efforts on goal count, having taken fewer shots to score seven more goals than Town have managed in the Championship this term.

However, if you want reasons for optimism, a quick hark back to Tuesday night's thriller against Charlton should be enough.

Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic. Sky Bet Championship. John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. Mark Hudson celebrates Town's first goal.


Only the Addicks have conceded more Championship goals than Fulham, and were it not for the five that Town put past the relegation strugglers only a few days ago then the Cottagers would be bottom of that particular heap.

Ahead of kick off that day, Charlton had conceded the joint-highest number of goals from corners, and both Mark Hudson and Nahki Wells profited. The other team? Fulham.

If Wagner's men can contain the Cottagers in their own penalty area, then they should be well-placed to go on and claim a third consecutive league victory.