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Fulham’s bid for promotion is stalling ever so slightly and after draws against Preston and Bolton, they now have a third chance to win at home in the Championship, when they face Bristol City on Tuesday night.
Despite their underwhelming form, a similar line-up to that which drew 1-1 against Bolton at the weekend is expected to be sent out by Slavisa Jokanivic, most likely in a 4-3-3 formation and featuring the following personnel:
The former Brentford ‘keeper has kept only two clean sheets this season, something more indicative of his side’s style of play than his own ability or lack thereof.
The 25-year-old is bound to get better. The talent is all there for Fulham to mount a serious promotion bid, though they leave themselves open to counters.
The now familiar central defensive line-up of Kalas and Ream are trusted and popular but frankly, they are often left hopelessly exposed and could do with a quieter night.
Kalas’ left hand, Ream still maintains his coolness under pressure but that pressure is still likely to come as Fulham play with their open style.
I’m not yet bored of saying Sessegnon should be in the front three rather than the back four. Sadly, this won’t change for a while yet.
Another player who is perhaps not best used in this particular position, Cairney really needs to be central.
All things considered, McDonald can stake his own claim to be named as Fulham’s most important player, especially in the formation and team selection that Jokanovic now favours.
Surely the Norwegian has to play here? He is another midfielder who is well capable of bombing forward and scoring. So he can be dangerous if allowed to start.
I fear Fonte will be asked to play on this side again in what is becoming an increasingly confusing Fulham set-up. If he should play anywhere, it should be as a centre-forward and if not, the bench.
Ayite has his qualities for sure, but once again, picture Sessegnon in this position instead and defences would have a whole new issue to deal with.
Fulham continue to struggle to find a prolific No.9 and Kamara is the latest to give the position a go. Most defences will not worry too much about this current front three.