Fulham vs Hull City
After a stunning run through Spring brought a late charge into the Championship play-offs last season, Fulham are making no secret of their aims for promotion back to the Premier League this term.
The Cottagers have been widely-tipped to be a prominent face at the top end of the division but they are still waiting for that first spark. Just one win – away to Ipswich – has come in their first six games and Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Cardiff was their fourth stalemate of the season. Slavisa Jokanovic is a hugely popular figure among supporters, with an appreciation he worked wonders to guide Fulham up to sixth last season. A win against the Tigers will soon lift spirits that have been damaged by a few late goals.
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic will hope to welcome back Rui Fonte and Neeskens Kebano t but former Hull City midfielder Tom Cairney is ruled out through injury. Sheyi Ojo, Fulham’s recent loan signing from Liverpool, is another who will be absent. Tomas Kalas is expected to lead Fulham’s defence.
The visitors Hull City come into the game off the back of a thumping 5-0 defeat to Derby County. They have now lost three of the last four games, a run that sees the Tigers trailing the early pacesetters and another defeat would only chip away at a damaged sense of belief among this new-look squad. Hull City are currently in the midst of a long stretching awful away winless streak. They have now gone 22 matches without an away win and have failed to win on the road in over 12 months!
Some good news for Leonid Slutsky will be able to call upon the fit-again Fraizer Campbell as Hull City attempt to begin a recovery at Fulham. Central defender Ondrej Mazuch is still not quite ready to feature and playmaker Evandro will also be absent. David Meyler, Jackson Irvine and Adama Diomande will all hope to be involved after settling for a place on the bench away to Derby but Abel Hernandez (Achilles), Will Keane (knee), Moses Odubajo (knee) and Ryan Mason (fractured skull) remain out as long-term absentees, while Kevin Stewart (ankle) is also facing another six weeks out of action.
When on song and free flowing many will argue that Fulham play the best football in the Championship and they are very well equipped to exploit Hull’s defensive issues. I expect them to put recent disappointments of losing late goals behind them and record their first home win of the season.
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