Johansen, Cisse To Start – Strongest 4-3-3 Fulham Lineup To Face Reading At The Madejski

Predicted Fulham Lineup To Face Reading In EFL Championship

Fulham will need to sort out their long lying problem of relinquishing leads in games and they may even find it hard to get one at the home of their play-off foes.

A 1-1 draw at home to Norwich was a solid if unspectacular start for the West London side and they will look to carry on from where they left off last season in terms of their away form here. They should probably go with a 4-3-3 using the following XI:

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

GK – David Button

Back in the side having lost his place in the closing weeks of last season, Button can carry on as no.1 in this game.

RB – Ryan Fredericks

The side has lost its influential attacking full-back in the shape of Scott Malone but retain their right-sided equivalent in Fredericks and he could be important here.

CB – Tomas Kalas

The on-loan Chelsea man was excellent for the club last season and will only get better as this season wears on.

Tomas Kalas

CB – Tim Ream

The American brings plenty of experience and defensive nous, and has struck up a good partnership with Kalas.

LB – Ryan Sessegnon

I’d much prefer to see the youngster up in the front four but for now he seems to be settling in as an attacking full-back.

CM – Tom Cairney

Starting on the right of the midfield three but operating centrally, the highly rated midfielder will be influential once again.

Tom Cairney

CM – Ibrahima Cisse

Replaced Oliver Norwood last time but given that this game is away from home, the more defensive minded Cisse may be given a start.

CM – Stefan Johansen

A 4-3-3 may not help certain members of this squad, but any opportunity to allow Johansen to get forward more should be jumped upon and so it works for him.

RW – Sone Aluko

Working down the right in just about any formation suits Aluko who can cut inside onto his left foot to great effect.  Despite the fuss over Cairney and Sessegnon, Aluko remains one of Fulham’s most important players.

Sone Aluko

LW – Neeskens Kebano

Another player who likes to cut in, Kebano should keep his place and will be seen as good support for the front man.

ST – Aboubakar Kamara

Replace Floyd Ayite last time and as a proper centre-forward, he may be given the chance to impress from the start and can carry the responsibility of being Fulham’s major goal threat.

Here’s how Fulham could line up:

Written by Gary Christie


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