Fulham take on Stoke City this weekend in what is sure to be a fascinating encounter at the Bet365 Stadium.
The Whites’ 2-2 draw with Charlton Athletic before the international break saw them slip out of the coveted play-off spot, but with the intention to return to the Premier League at the first-time of asking, they will remain intent on fixing that.
But Stoke will not be pushed over by the Londoners.
They have experienced a tough start to the season but before the break won their first-game of the season against Swansea City, so will come into this one full of confidence as well.
However, here are TWO ways that they can hurt the Potters…
Whilst Stoke’s back four consists of some experienced players, it is not a unit that looks particularly settled.
With James McClean still frequently playing at left-back and Cameron Carter-Vickers filling in on the right, there are some square pegs in round holes.
Therefore, if Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ivan Cavaleiro and Anthony Knockaert can get at them early on then it could be a very long day for the Potters, especially with Danny Batth and Bruno Martins Indi not exactly blessed with pace either.
Will Fulham pick up all three points against Stoke?
There is little doubt that the versatile midfielder is the most potent creative threat in the Potters midfield.
He has three goals and an assist in the Championship already this season so if Fulham want to frustrate their opponents early, marking Clucas out of the game would be a good start.
It seems the perfect job for Stefan Johansen. The energetic Norwegian should be more than capable of tracking the former Swansea man all game, giving his side a big advantage in the process.