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Hamburg Vs Fulham Europa League Semi Final: Team News, Bet of the Day and Predictions

From Craven Cottage to Hamburg, Roy Hodgson is on the brink of something very special indeed.

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Fulham could have Clint Dempsey back in their side to face Hamburg after he overcame the thigh injury that has ruled him out of the last three games.
John Pantsil, Nicky Shorey and Stefano Okaka are all ineligible for the Europa League semi-final first-leg tie.
Paolo Guerrero, who is serving a domestic ban for attacking a fan, is available to play for Hamburg.
He is set to partner Ruud van Nistelrooy up front in the absence of the injured Mladen Petric.
The hosts are also without experienced Germany midfielder Marcell Jansen, who is racing to be fit in time for the World Cup.
Hamburg have added motivation to reach the Europa League final as it will be held at their home ground, the Nordbank Arena.
However, their form is not encouraging.

Having made a bright start under manager Bruno Labbadia, their Bundesliga challenge has fallen away and they are in danger of missing out on qualifying for European competition next season.
The pressure increased on Labbadia with Sunday’s home defeat by Mainz. (BBC Sport)

Roy Hodgson has done wonderfully well to get this far in the Europa League and even a lengthy trip to Germany will not dent the west London side’s hopes to make it back to Hamburg for the final next month. The Craven Cottage side are unbeaten in their last five games and looking good for a top half Premier League finish and should have no fear going into this Semi Final encounter.

Having easily overcome reigning Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg in the Quarter Final’s expect a confident Fulham side to take the field at the Nordbank Arena against a side who has lost of their last four matches to leave them floundering outside the European qualification spots.

My Bets of the Day would favour yet more European glory for Fulham and a first goalscorer win double of Bobby Zamora to score the only goal of tonight’s game takes my fancy at a very decent 50/1. A bet on Fulham to win at 9/2 is also worth a punt.

My Prediction: 1-0 to Fulham

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