How Fulham fared last season
Last season was nothing short of a breathless rollercoaster for all Fulham fans.
On the 3rd of November they sat 16th in the table and defeat to Sunderland the week before Christmas left them languishing in the bottom half.
No one could have foreseen what happened next.
Slaviša Jokanović’s side went on a 24 game unbeaten run, made up of 19 wins and 5 draws. This left them third with just 1 game to play. They had to better Cardiff’s result to gain automatic promotion back to the big time.
It was never going to be easy against a Birmingham side scrapping for their lives. Fulham went down 3-1 at St Andrew’s and had to settle for the play offs.
In their 139-year history, Fulham had never won a match in play offs let alone been promoted via them.
That trend appeared to be continuing when they lost 1-0 at Derby in their first leg tie. However, they turned it around, goals from Sessegnon and Odoi sent The Cottagers to Wembley for the first time since 1975.
They met Aston Villa in the richest game in football and, in a game where the most common result is 1-0, the first goal was always going to be pivotal.
Captain Tom Cairney broke the Villa resistance midway through the first half and Fulham held on to clinch their place back in the big time.
Last time they were in the Premier League they stayed up for 13 years so how long will Fulham’s stay be this time?
What’s changed at Fulham this summer
Fulham’s biggest acquisition of this window is for sure one of the signings of the summer.
12 months ago Jean Michaël Seri almost joined Barcelona but this season will be lining up in white at Craven Cottage.
Maxime Le Marchand has come too from Nice, but they are the the only new arrivals so far.
Slaviša Jokanović is working tiresomely to get in the two players he had on loan last season that were so integral in their promotion.
A £10 million bid has been turned down for Southampton left back Matt Targett but expect an improved offer to go in.
The other, who they have got through the door, is Aleksandar Mitrović. The Serbian scored 12 goals in just 19 appearances in the second half of last season and his signing was a key reason they’re in the Premier League.
Fulham’s squad is looking quite thin at the moment so expect lots of new signings before the August 9th deadline.
|Jean Michaël Seri.||Midfielder.||Nice.||£22 million.|
|Maxime Le Marchand.||Left back.||Nice.||£8 million.|
|André Schürrle.||Winger.||Borussia Dortmund.||Two year loan.|
|Aleksandar Mitrović.||Striker.||Newcastle United.||£27 million.|
|Alfie Mawson.||Centre Back.||Swansea City.||£20 million.|
|David Button.||Goalkeeper.||Brighton & Hove Albion.||£4.5 million.|
|Ryan Fredericks.||Right back.||West Ham United.||Free.|
Fulham predictions for 2018/2019
As for any newly promoted club, survival has to be the primary aim and they are 2/5 to do that.
They are the fourth favourites to be beaten by the drop though at 15/8.
In their 13 previous Premier League seasons, they finished in the top half just 4 times but are 11/2 to end up 10th or higher.
Fulham have never won a major trophy in their history and are 66/1 to lift either the FA Cup or the Carabao Cup come May.
Fulham’s potential starting XI and squad depth
(Not including Andre Schurrle…)
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.