Fulham face Middlesbrough in the Championship tomorrow, as Scott Parker’s side look to build on a midweek victory.
Scott Parker would’ve been relieved with his sides 3-2 win against Luton Town on Wednesday night.
His side succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at Stoke City at the weekend, and it raised some questions about Parker’s tenure at Craven Cottage.
But the midweek win has relieved some of the pressure on Parker, which took his side to 7th in the Championship – level on points with Preston in 6th.
He’ll be expecting another win tomorrow at Jonathan Woodgate’s Middlesbrough, who are 21st in the Championship and only a point ahead of Huddersfield in the relegation zone.
Fulham will be the favourites heading into tomorrow, and it presents a great chance for Parker’s team to break into the play-off places.
Here we take a look the likely XI that will face Boro tomorrow:
A big talking point from the Luton game was the performace of Marek Rodak.
Despite letting two slip against Luton, expect Parker to name Rodak in the squad to face Middlesbrough.
Fulham’s back-four has remained relatively unchanged all season. Joe Bryan on the left with Tim Ream and Alfie Mawson in the middle are guaranteed starters for tomorrow.
The only defensive debate is the right-back position. Dennis Odoi made only his fourth start of the season against Luton in what was a new 4-3-3 set-up for Fulham, and expect to see Odoi starting once more with Parker likely to field the same formation tomorrow.
Parker will need some more energy from his midfield three tomorrow. Tom Cairney will no doubt keep his spot of the left of the three, but Parker could well start Harry Arter in place of Harrison Reed in the middle – his Championship experience could prove pivotal in what will be a tough game tomorrow.
Bobby Reid hasn’t hit scoring form yet this season but fans are optimistic that he’ll start firing soon. Expect to see him keep his place in midfield.
Fulham’s front-three of loanees Ivan Cavaleiro and Anthony Knockaert either side of the league’s top-scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic is arguably the league’s most threatening, and there’s little chance of Parker disrupting the three for tomorrow’s game.