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    Fulham – Season Preview 2019/20

    08 August 2019 | Championship | Insight
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    Fulham – Season Preview 2019/20
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    Fulham’s return to the Premier League was short lived and they find themselves back in the Championship after just one season in England’s top-flight.

    The club had three different managers over the course of the last campaign; underlining their struggles both on and off the pitch.

    Despite last season’s disappointments, The Cottagers have a strong squad that is likely to challenge for promotion again this time around.

    Last season

    Fulham endured a season to forget as they finished second from bottom in the Premier League and ten points from safety.

    The club acquired a number of high-profile players in the summer transfer window however the team failed to gel.

    Slavisa Jokanovic was sacked in November and was replaced by the Claudio Ranieri. The experienced Italian lasted just 106 days as former Fulham player Scott Parker was tasked with trying to the club in the top flight.

    Despite winning three of their last five matches, the damage was already done and Fulham returned to the Championship at the first time of asking.

    Next season

    Fulham will be looking for stability this season. The club lost 26 of their 38 league matches last term and a record like this simply isn’t good enough.

    The team also won just one away match throughout the 2018/19 campaign and Scott Parker must address this issue.

    With many of Fulham’s highly-paid loan players returning to their parent clubs, the team should be able to settle far more comfortably than last season.

    One player that has remained with the club is star striker Aleksandr Mitrovic. The giant Serbian has recently committed his future to Fulham by signing a new five-year contract.

    The 24-year-old was part of the side that was promoted to the Premier League in 2018 and his experience at this level will be vital.

    If Mitrovic can live up to the bookies’ expectations of being the favorite to finish the season as the Championship’s top scorer, Fulham stand a fantastic chance of returning to the Premier League at the first available opportunity.

    Players in

    • Anthony Knockaert - Loan from Brighton & Hove Albion
    • Ivan Cavaleiro - Loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Players out

    • Ryan Babel - Free to Galatasary
    • Jean Michael Seri - Loan to Galatasary
    • Andre Zambo Anguissa - Loan to Villarreal
    • Lazar Markovic - Released
    • Berti Schotterl - Released
    • Luciano Vietto - End of loan from Atletico Madrid
    • Sergio Rico - End of loan from Sevilla
    • Andre Schurrle - End of loan from Borussia Dortmund
    • Harvard Nordtveit - End of loan from TSG Hoffenheim

    Predicted league finish

    The predicted league finish for Fulham is 2nd. Their squad is still packed with Premier League quality and Fulham are definitely capable of finishing in the automatic promotion places come the end of the season.

    Regular Season
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. Leeds United 7 3 2 1 0 6 2 4
    2. Charlton Athletic 7 3 2 1 0 7 4 3
    3. Swansea City 7 3 2 1 0 5 3 2
    4. West Bromwich 7 3 2 1 0 5 3 2
    5. Millwall 7 3 2 1 0 3 1 2
    6. Sheffield Wednesday 6 3 2 0 1 5 2 3
    7. Fulham 6 3 2 0 1 4 2 2
    8. Derby County 5 3 1 2 0 4 3 1
    9. Nottingham Forest 4 3 1 1 1 5 3 2
    10. Bristol City 4 3 1 1 1 4 4 0
    11. Hull City 4 3 1 1 1 4 4 0
    12. Brentford 4 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
    13. Barnsley 4 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1
    14. QPR 4 3 1 1 1 3 4 -1
    15. Birmingham City 4 3 1 1 1 2 4 -2
    16. Preston North End 3 3 1 0 2 5 4 1
    17. Reading 3 3 1 0 2 5 5 0
    18. Blackburn Rovers 3 3 1 0 2 2 4 -2
    19. Cardiff City 3 3 1 0 2 4 7 -3
    20. Wigan Athletic 3 3 1 0 2 3 7 -4
    21. Luton Town 1 3 0 1 2 5 7 -2
    22. Huddersfield 1 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2
    23. Middlesbrough 1 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2
    24. Stoke City 1 3 0 1 2 4 7 -3

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