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Sunday 24 September 2017

Nevland keen to end season in top 10 with win over Stoke

Fulham striker Erik Nevland expects Stoke to offer stiff resistance in tonight's race to finish inside the Premier League's top 10.

Having qualified for next week's Europa League final against Atletico Madrid, the Cottagers are determined to also finish in the top half of the league table.

Both Fulham and Stoke could propel themselves out of the bottom 10 if they win their two remaining matches.

And while Fulham may rest their big guns once again as manager Roy Hodgson nurses his resources ahead of the final at the Hamburg Arena, the second string are eager to do their bit to push the club up the table.

"It's in our hands now and that's the way we want it," said ex-Manchester United forward Nevland.

"If we beat Stoke we have a good chance of securing our place in the top 10, so that's our aim for the rest of the season.

"Stoke will come here and do their best -- they are always a difficult team to play against.

"They will do everything to get in the top 10 just as we will, so it will be an interesting game."

Hodgson made seven changes for Sunday's 3-2 victory over West Ham and must now strike the right balance between resting his first choice line-up while ensuring they remain sharp.

"It was nice to get a win against West Ham and to get a positive result," said Nevland.

"After beating Hamburg, nothing was really expected and you don't know how you will react after a night like that.

"But we reacted in the right way, played well and got the three points, which was important."

Bobby Zamora continues his battle with an Achilles injury and is unlikely to play any part against the Potters.

Fulham conclude their Premier League season at Arsenal on Sunday.

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