Fulham host top-six competitors Bristol City in the Championship tomorrow, as Scott Parker’s side look for a fifth consecutive win.
A 2-1 win away at Swansea City last time out cemented Fulham’s spot in the top-six and reaffirmed their status as promotion chasers this season.
They’ve now won the last four games in the Championship and have seemingly turned their season around in less than a month.
Lee Johnson will bring his Robins side to Craven Cottage tomorrow having won their last outing 5-2 against Huddersfield Town – they go into the fixture in 5th-place of the Championship, and a win would put them level on points with Fulham.
Here we take a look at the expected XI that Parker will name against Bristol City tomorrow:
One of the stories of Fulham’s season so far has been the introduction of Marek Rodak. The 22-year-old came into the Fulham side less than a couple of months ago and has quickly become the number one at Craven Cottage, so expect him to start tomorrow.
In-front of Rodak will likely be the same back-four that Parker has named for the vast majority of games this season – Joe Bryan on the left with Tim Ream and Alfie Mawson in the middle, and Dennis Odoi on the right – the Belgian has become a real key member of the squad under Parker.
Sticking with the same 4-2-3-1 formation that Parker has opted for in the last two outings, expect to see Tom Cairney and Stefan Johansen pulling the strings in the middle of the park.
Josh Onomah started in the number ten role against Swansea last time out but Parker may feel that Anthony Knockaert is more effective in that position – Onomah worked hard against Swansea, but doesn’t quite have the finesse of Knockaert.
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Either side of the Frenchman, expect to see Ivan Cavaleiro on the left and Aboubakar Kamara on the right – Cavaleiro has only scored once in his last 14 outings, but has been getting closer and closer to finding the net in the last few games.
Up-front there’s zero doubt who Parker will start tomorrow – the Championship’s top-scorer with 15, and a man with 24 in 24 for club and country since the start of the season, Aleksandar Mitrovic will be Fulham’s best chance of a win tomorrow.
It should be an exciting, hard-fought encounter tomorrow between two good teams. Fulham though with the home advantage and one of the best strikers outside of the Premier League, should have too much for Johnson’s Robins.