Back to the Cottage for our game against Southampton this weekend
A new chapter starts for Fulham FC with the appointment of Claudio Ranieri and following on from the improved performance against Liverpool, perhaps we’ll see a turnaround in our fortunes. We really need to get something out of this game before the trip away to Chelsea next week.
It’ll be interesting to see how the “tinker man” sets up his Fulham side, how will Mitro’ fit-in?, can he get the best out of Seri & Anguissa?, will Ryan play a more attacking role?, and not least how will he improve the defence? interesting times ahead.
Mark Hugs, who could be the next manager to get the sack, left as Fulham manager when he decided that we didn’t have enough ambition, I wonder what he’d have thought if he’d been given £100 million worth of transfer funds?
Personally I’m sorry that Slaviša lost his job, last season we played some of the best football I’ve ever seen Fulham play and I’ll never forget our day at Wembley, I wish you the best of luck Slaviša.
Games of Interest…
Brighton v Leicester
Everton v Cardiff
Fulham v Southampton
Wolves v Huddersfield
Burnley v Newcastle
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We travel to Liverpool for a Sunday game
After two easily winnable matches, well they were on paper however the actual games turned out differently!, we now get to visit one of the leagues “in form” teams, I’m not expecting much from this weekend.
There’s lots of talk about this being one of Slaviša’s last games to save his job, I hope thats not true as I think given time he’ll be able to get us back to winning ways, so perhaps he’ll be concentrating on next weeks game against Southampton?
Games of Interest…
Cardiff v Brighton
Huddersfield v West Ham
Leicester v Burnley
Newcastle v Bournemouth
Liverpool v Fulham
Our first Monday evening game sees us travelling to Huddersfield
Who decides on these idiotic fixtures where the opposing team has to travel so far for a non-weekend fixture? I can understand ‘local’ games being midweek however expecting fans to take time off work both before and after the game shows that its no longer about the supporter, by the time they get home it’ll be the early hours!
Anyhow, this must be an away game that Slaviša has penciled in as a possible win, after recent results we need to get some points and as the next away game at Liverpool I think we’ll be travelling more in hope than expectation?
Lets see if the team can provide the fireworks on the pitch
Games of Interest
Cardiff v Leicester
Everton v Brighton
Newcastle v Watford
Chelsea v Palace
Huddersfield v Fulham
This weekend we welcome Bournemouth to Craven Cottage
After a run of terrible defensive displays, hopefully Slaviša will have worked on something to stem the flow of goals against? Timothy Fosu-Mensah could be back, assuming his shoulder is better, we really need a stable, functioning back four.
We also need Tom back in midfield, KMac and SetfJo were great for us last season but I feel they’re not quite Premiership standard, certainly not 90 minutes worth anyway.
Bournemouth are comfortably in the top half of the table and must be relishing the chance to get a hat-full of goals, we really need to give them a surprise and get our season back on track COYW.
Games of Interest
Brighton v Wolves
Fulham v Bournemouth
Liverpool v Cardiff
Southampton v Newcastle
Watford v Huddersfield
Burnley v Chelsea
Palace v Arsenal
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This weekend we travel to South Wales to take on fellow Premiership ‘new boys’ Cardiff
Well the past couple of games didn’t go the way we’d hoped so this weekend we’ll be aiming to get a result against a Cardiff ream that haven’t won a game so far this season, so expect a Fulhamish result!?
I’m sure Slaviša will have spent the ‘international break’ working with the players on their defensive duties, something Colin will try to exploit.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah is unlikely to be fit, so Cyrus Christie will hope for a better performance than against Arsenal, he wasn’t as bad as some have made out however he’ll want to answer some of his critics with a performance. At this point we don’t know if Tom Cairney, Alfie Mawson or Joe Bryan will be in the squad, their inclusion can only help shore up a too leaky defence.
If Slaviša’s style of football is better than Colin’s version then this game is the one to drive our point home, last season’s fixture resulted in a 4-2 defeat, time for revenge…
Games of Interest
Bournemouth v Southampton
Cardiff v Fulham
Newcastle v Brighton
West Ham v Spurs
Huddersfield v Liverpool
Everton v Palace
This weekend we travel to Everton’s home Goodison Park
Well Goodison Park is not a happy hunting ground for Fulham, I think we’ve only ever won there in a FA Cup game so I’m not expecting a run-away result for us this weekend. Having said that wouldn’t it just be Fulhamish for us to get a result!?
Slaviša must have drilled it into the whole team that the match starts at 15:00, not 15:05, we can’t give the opposition another early goal!
Everton should have won easily last weekend at Arsenal having dominated for virtually the whole game however, they somehow managed to loose 2-0, I’m guessing they’ll want to exact revenge against a London club, so we need be be ‘on our game’ right from the start.
After Tuesday evening’s performance Cyrus Christie and Luca de la Torre must be giving Slaviša a decision to make, Cyrus must have improved his chances of starting the game and Luca could well be included in the squad.
Games of interest…
West Ham v Man Utd
Everton v Fulham
Huddersfield v Spurs
Newcastle v Leicester
Wolves v Southampton
Cardiff v Burnley
Monday 1st October
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
We travel the short tip across the river to the New Den for our next game in the Carabao Cup
If Tuesday nights game is half as good as last season then we’re in for a treat, last season we really enjoyed our trip to Millwall’s ground, what an atmosphere the Lions supporters generated! and what a result for us!
It’ll be interesting to see how many ‘first team’ players Slaviša will start against Millwall, will Tim Ream and Tom Cairney get any game time in their aim to get back to match fitness?
Millwall are having a bit of a tough time at the moment and I’m sure they want to get some sort of revenge for last season?, so this game could be a cracker!
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This weekend we travel down to the south coast for a visit to Brighton and Hove Albion
After the success’ on Sunday and Tuesday evening we now face Chris Hughton’s Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
Team selection will be interesting for this game, will Slaviša start with the same eleven as against Burnley, assuming that Tom’s fit enough? Slaviša hinted that he’d change the team to reflect the opposition so perhaps Anguissa will replace KMac, as Brighton isn’t as ‘physical’ a side? and perhaps Ryan will get the nod over Luciano Vietto even though he had a good game on Sunday?
For Brighton its their second season in the Premiership and it wasn’t too long ago that we gave them a good game(s) in the Championship so we might be able to use this game as a measure of how far we have progressed?
Games of interest
Saturday 1st September
Brighton v Fulham
Crystal Palace v Southampton
Everton v Huddersfield
West Ham v Wolves
Sunday 2nd September
Cardiff v Arsenal
After beating teams above us in the last two games, we’ve now got ourselves into 4th place
Next we’ve a mid-week home game against Sheffield Utd who, until recently have spent most of the season in the top six. We’ve now won 10 games of the last 13 so while this could be another tricky game for Slaviša and the lads, what odds would you get on Mitrović and Sess scoring again?
other mid-week games of interest include…
TUESDAY 6TH MARCH
Birmingham City v Middlesborough
Cardiff v Barnsley
Preston NE v Bristol City
QPR v Derby
Sunderland v Aston Villa
WEDNESDAY 7TH MARCH
Leeds v Wolves
This weekend top of the table Wolves visit Craven Cottage
This game will be a tough test for Slaviša and the lads however if we play like we did the last home game against Aston Villa I believe that Fulham will have enough to beat Wolves although I’d take a point for a draw if offered.
If you can’t make it to the game you’ll be able to watch it on Sky TV (17:30 kick-off)
other Championship games of interest this weekend include…
SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY
Sheff Wed v Aston Villa
Reading v Derby
SUNDAY 25TH FEBRUARY
Cardiff v Bristol City