Five key Fulham fixtures left in 2013

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Martin Jol and his side currently sit in the Premier League relegation zone but their fixtures left this year offer the opportunity to move near safety.

The Cottagers have a new owner but the fans won't be hoping Shahid Khan's first season will be remembered for relegation to the Championship.

Former Tottenham boss Martin Jol seems to have the trust of the man upstairs but the arrival of former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen could put the Dutchman's job slightly under pressure.

The only way to relieve that is by picking up points in the remaining games this year and here are the key games left before 2014 arrives.

Swansea (H) 23rd November - Their next game is against the Swans who weren't in the best form before the international break, drawing 3-3 with Stoke and losing 1-0 to arch rivals Cardiff. A great chance to pick up three points in front of their own fans.

West Ham (A) 30th November - A London derby is always a tasty occasion and with both teams struggling in the bottom six, there's not much motivation needed for both managers and their players. Jol will fancy his chances of getting a positive result at Upton Park

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Aston Villa (H) 4th December - Paul Lambert's side represent another good opportunity to pick up three points at Craven Cottage. One problem for Jol will be the missing Darren Bent, who won't be able to play under the terms of his loan deal from Villa.

Norwich (A) 26th December - It'll be a interesting Christmas period for Fulham and it starts with a trip to Carrow Road to take on another struggling side. Any points on the road are greatly appreciated and three against Chris Hughton's team would be huge for Jol.

Hull (A) 28th December - A trip to a newly-promoted team will be greeted with expectation from the travelling fans that they will come away with at least a point. If they can pick up a minimum of four points from the two Christmas games then they will be optimistic going into 2014.

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