Fulham travel to Derby County in the Championship tonight.
Scott Parker’s side will head to Pride Park looking to rectify arguably their worst showing of the season last time out – a 3-0 home defeat to bottom-club Barnsley.
A game that should’ve been a home banker for Parker and Fulham as they look to keep the heat on the top-two, Fulham crumbled, and now a three-point gap to Leeds has reopened.
It’s added some extra importance to the fixture tonight, and here we take a look at the likely starting-eleven that Parker will field:
In what’ll be a 4-3-3 for Fulham, expect to see Marek Rodak keep his spot in goal despite last weekend’s calamitous showing, with Michael Hector and Tim Ream as centre-backs.
Joe Bryan will occupy the left-back role that’s been his all season, but the right-back position has been more contested. Steven Sessegnon started there last week but Cyrus Christie and Denis Odoi have shared that spot for the most part – expect the more experienced head of Odoi to start tonight.
Kevin McDonald will continue his run in the team since returning from injury, sitting just in-front of the defence. Tom Cairney will play on his left, and Josh Onomah usually plays on the right but after playing a lot of football of late, and coming under some scrutiny from fans last time out, Stefan Johansen could well be in line for a rare start.
Up-front, Aleksandar Mitrovic will no doubt keep his spot in the middle of the front-three.
The wingers either side of him haven’t been as prolific as a promotion-winning front-three should be – Ivan Cavaleiro is their best option and goal-threat with six this season, and will likely start on the left.
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Who starts on the right out of Aboubakar Kamara, Anthony Knockaert and Bobby Reid is anyone’s guess. Expect the latter though to start, with five goals to his name this season, and being a permanent figure now too, he’ll likely get in ahead of Knockaert.
A huge game for Fulham tonight, and another bad defeat could land Parker in a lot of trouble.