We come up against the best footballing side in the division tomorrow in my opinion. Fulham somehow failed to beat us on both occasions last season despite tearing us apart in spells. The free-flowing and quick passing style means it’s very difficult to get the ball back but it can leave them open to the counter attack.
If we try to play Fulham at their own game and they are in on top of their game they will beat us every time. We are over a year behind them in terms of playing style that is being implemented by Thomas Christiansen and Fulham can keep the ball better than any other side at this level. The pace in attack is frightening and they won’t play any other way than they know how. What does give us a timely boost is the fact that Tomas Kalas is suspended, the man on loan from Chelsea was sent off less than 30 seconds into the game at Reading and despite that, and going behind they still came back and secured a point.
Fulham can be opened up if you go at them. Norwich did it on the opening day and got some joy, missing chances before the hosts took the lead. We need to make sure we do his them on the counter attack and that will depend on the three players in behind Wood, the positions that flopped on Saturday against Preston North End at Elland Road.
Key Battles – Aluko vs Cooper – Cooper has been very good in the opening two games and has come up against two similar strikers in Hugill and Madine. Aluko is the opposite. Extremely fast and skilful, Cooper needs to bring his A game.
Alioski vs Sessegnon – The young left back is brilliant at going forward but that can leave gaps and if Ezgjan Alioski realises this and can get into them we may find some joy down the right, Norwich did exactly that two weeks ago.