Big night for Fulham and O’Meara

Fulham are preparing for a vital game at Craven Cottage, where a victory against Danish side Odense this evening would take them into the knockout stage of the Europa League.

The Whites’ recent defeat against group winners FC Twente means they will go out of the tournament if Wisla Krakow pull off an upset against the Dutch club and Fulham fail to win their game.

Bobby Zamora, a notable absentee against Swansea on Saturday, is expected to feature despite persistent reports of a bust-up between the striker and manager Martin Jol.

O’Meara aims to take another step towards a major title.

Fulham, Europa League finalists in 2010, also have Damien Duff back but will be without suspended forward Andrew Johnson and injured midfielders Danny Murphy and Steve Sidwell.

It is an important night too for boxer Steve O’Meara, who takes on Nathan Weise at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.

It will be O’Meara’s first defence of the southern area light-middleweight belt he won with a stunning first-round knockout of fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms at the same venue in September.

O’Meara, 27, hopes to challenge for the British or Commonwealth title next year.

“I’ve got plans for my future so don’t want any slip-ups in this fight,” he said.

“If I’m going to get to where I think I can be, I need to be getting past fights like this and that’s what I intend to do.”

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