In what was a dismal performance, Fulham fell to Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium in their last fixture, and boss Slavisa Jokanovic will be keen to bounce back from the defeat with three points against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
The Cottagers shock loss in Staffordshire will have come as a blow to the Serbian boss, whose side have picked up just two wins from their opening eight encounters.
Victory over the visitors will not be easy, with a star-studded Middlesbrough side beginning to flex their muscles in the division.
The Teessiders enter the game on the back of a professional performance in a 2-0 Carabao Cup win at Aston Villa, and striker Britt Assombalonga is beginning to settle into his new surroundings at the Riverside Stadium.
Five goals in the league so far makes the former Forest man a real threat, and Fulham’s back-line must be resolute if they are to hold the big man out.
The hosts need a win, and this is the starting XI Jokanovic should consider sending out this weekend…
David Button retains his place in goal behind the back-line that started the defeat at Burton, with Ryan Fredericks and Ryan Sessegnon flanking Tomas Kalas and Tim Ream in the middle.
Against Boro’s midfield, which will be packed, Fulham will need some extra help, so Oliver Norwood must be deployed in a holding role to shield the back four from the likes of Lewis Baker, who likes to occupy the space between midfield and defence.
In front of him Jokanovic has to continue with Stefan Johansen and Kevin McDonald in the absence of Tom Cairney, who remains sidelined with a persistent knee injury.
The fit again Rui Fonte should come in for the £4 million rated Neeskens Kebano, with Sheyi Ojo and Floyd Ayite making up the rest of the attack at Craven Cottage.
Fulham have a strong side, and simply had a bad day at the office against Burton Albion.
Wholesale changes are not needed ahead of Saturday’s game, and Jokanovic would struggle to make them anyway, with the squad as a whole in west London looking considerably weaker from the team that clinched playoff football last term.
Fulham fans, what would you change about this side?