The teams are in.
Interesting selection this. I didn’t expect Hodgson to go with one up front and wouldn’t have picked Nevland for the role, but perhaps he reckons Kamara and possibly Eddie Johnson might scare Perm with their pace from the bench. Baird and Etuhu will hold in central midfield, while there’s an interesting attacking triumvirate ahead of them. Gera’s switched into the middle rather than out wide and Duff and Riise will try and work the magic from the flanks.
The cynics might suggest this is a team designed to keep things tight.
AMKAR PERM (4-4-2): Narabin; Sirakov, Gaál, Belorukov, Cherenchikov; Grishin, Telkiyski, Peev, Drincic; Jean Carlos, Kuchev. Subs: Usminski, Pomerko, Novakovic, Zhilyaev, Junuzovic, De Oliveira, Kalashnikov.
FULHAM (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Kelly, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland; Etuhu, Baird; Gera, Riise, Duff; Nevland. Subs: Stockdale Anderson, Smalling, Seol Ki-Hyeon, Saunders, Kamara, E. Johnson.
REFEREE: Markus Strömbergsson (Sweden).