By AVI CREDITOR
Fulham's whirlwind of a journey through the Europa League competition continues Thursday afternoon, as the Cottagers face Hamburg SV in the first leg of their semifinal tie (3:05 p.m. EST, GOLTV, DirecTV 465).
Clint Dempsey is expected to be included in Roy Hodgson's squad for the match, and he'll be an essential factor for Fulham if it is to continue its magical run through the tournament.
In the other semifinal, Atletico Madrid hosts Liverpool (3:05 p.m., DirecTV 462). The Reds will catch a break, as Atletico's star striker Sergio Aguero is suspended for the match. Liverpool, however, will be without the injured Fernando Torres, among others.
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