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View From The Town End: Fulham

What can Reading expect from Fulham tomorrow? We spoke to a man who knows a thing or two about our opponents.

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Andrew from fellow SB Nation site Cottagers Confidential gives us the Fulham view ahead of tomorrow's game with Reading at Craven Cottage.

How would you sum up your season so far?

Up and down. The season has been more bad than good, and there's still a chance we challenge for the top 6. Before the season I thought we were a top ten club that could finish in the top six if everything went right. That appears to be exactly what we are.

What are expectation levels like around the club? Do you still see yourself a Premier League side taking a break, or are you resigned to being a Championship level club for a while?

This is the first time in a while I think most fans are optimistic. We may (probably) won't get promoted this year, but Slavisa Jokanovic seems to have a plan. Almost every purchase the club has made has worked out, and with another window or two of strengthening this could be a really good side. Right now I'd guess that we'd be back up within the next couple years, but this division is hard and you never can know for sure.

Who should we be wary of on Saturday?

Fulham have a lot of good players. Sone Aluko and Tom Cairney are probably the two most dangerous. Sone Aluko will try to beat you with pace and athleticism Tom Cairney will beat you with skill and technique. Chris Martin has been one of the best players in the division for the last few years, but he hasn't really clicked with the team yet. You should hope that this weekend isn't the time he figures it out.

Any Reading player that's caught your eye?

It's really hard to watch the Championship in the United States, so I can't really say I've seen a lot of Reading play. Danny Williams is always a player I've liked. I have always thought he should have gotten more of a chance with the US National Team (perhaps with a change of coaches he will). Every time I see Reading play or even just catch some highlights he looks like a good player.

Any good or bad memories of games between the sides?

October 2012 was one of the most exciting and frustrating games I've ever watched. Fulham went down 1-0 early. Bryan Ruiz came on early in the second half and Fulham scored two quick goals. The game became super wide open and Reading managed to equalize in the 85' minute. Just three minutes later Dimitar Berbatov gave Fulham the lead again, only for Reading to equalize again in extra time. I think I felt every possible emotion over the last 20 minutes of that match.

Score prediction?

I think Fulham win this one. I think the regression to the mean for Reading starts this week and Fulham score at least two. I'll say 3-1.

Finally, any advice for travelling fans?

Fulham fans are usually pretty friendly to away supporters, so don't expect much trouble. If the weather is nice take the tube to the Putney Bridge station and walk through Bishop's Park to Craven Cottage. It's a wonderful beautiful walk and one of the best parts about the stadium.