High-flying Ipswich travel to Craven Cottage looking to consolidate their place in the play-off positions, while Senior Coach Stuart Gray continues to find his feet in his new role.
The former Sheffield Wednesday boss took over as the club’s Senior Coach while the club continue to look for a new manager following the departure of Kit Symons and recorded a 2-2 draw with Brentford in his first game.
Gray is known for his defensive style of play and the Fulham hierarchy will be hoping he can shore up a defence that has conceded 35 goals already this season.
Ipswich, though, are performing well in the Championship after an indifferent start to the campaign and they find themselves occupying the final play-off place with 31 points.
Here are THREE things to look for in the game:
1) Fulham looking to improve defensively
The one thing that cost Kit Symons his job as Fulham manager was his side’s inability to keep clean sheets, and that will be Stuart Gray’s priority on the training pitch while he’s in charge.
A defensive error and a set piece were their downfall against Brentford and with Daryl Murphy looking to cause trouble for the defence, they’ll have to be at their best for this game.
The Fulham boss was dealt a further blow when James Husband returned to Middlesbrough on Monday but he will still expect an improved display from his back four against Ipswich.
2) Ross McCormack & Moussa Dembele
While Fulham are languishing in mid-table, their strike force have been absolutely super this season with McCormack and Dembele both in double figures this season with 12 and 10 respectively.
Their link-up was at its best again last weekend as a terrific McCormack pass was latched onto by his strike partner for his side’s second of the afternoon.
The duo are probably unfortunate to have a defence that has let them down on a number of occasions this season but they will go out again as the Cottagers’ biggest threat on Tuesday.
3) Daryl Murphy
After a slow start to the season for last seasons Championship top goal scorer, Murphy had a terrific November, scoring six goals in four games as the Tractor Boys jumped into the play-off places.
After two games without a goal, the Republic of Ireland international will be desperate to get back on the score sheet after his goal scoring exploits earned him the November Player of the Month award.
The club’s joint top scorer could have a good afternoon against Fulham’s fragile defence and he will hoping to add to his tally of 6 this season.
Fulham and Ipswich fans…What are your predictions for the match? Can Stuart Gray get his first win as boss? Will Ipswich consolidate their play-off place? Let us know what you think in the comments below!