A big thanks to Fulham fan Andrew Beck for this game’s Town End. You can find him on Twitter @ARBeck.
How’s the season gone for Fulham so far?
That kind of depends. If you’d told me in July Fulham would have five games left, be only two points behind automatic promotion with games remaining against teams in 23rd, 20th, 19th, 10th, and seventh; I would have been OK, but a little disappointed. If you’d told me the same thing in mid October, I’d have been ecstatic.
Fulham are unbeaten in their last 19 games with only four draws. They haven’t lost at home since October. They once again are statistically one of the best teams in the division. It’s hard to be too upset, but this team is good enough that they should be going up automatically.
What are the big changes between the Fulham side of last season and of this?
The defense is better this year, they’re scoring almost as much (second most goals in the league) while giving up about 1/4 of a goal less per match. Fulham also has a lot more depth this year. They have cover at almost every position and I don’t think they are going to be getting tired for the stretch run.
Who are the danger-men that Reading fans need to be keeping an eye on?
Aleksander Mitrovic has been a beast since joining on loan in the Winter. Combine that with Tom Cairney rounding into form and Ryan Sessegnon trying to prove he’s the best 17 year old on the planet and you’ll have your hands full.
What weaknesses can the Royals look to exploit?
Fulham struggles the most when a team packs it, concedes possession, and makes Fulham break them down. Fulham can sometime move too many men into attack and become vulnerable on the counter. If you can defend well for 90 minutes and finish your chance when you get it on a counter, you might have a chance.
How do you see the game going, and what will the score be?
Fulham might very well need to win out to get to second place. This could be the biggest game of the year because a Fulham win could allow them to sneak into second as Cardiff have to travel to Aston Villa. I expect them to be up for this game and to score more than one goal. It’s hard to pick against a team that has one loss in 2018. I’ll say Fulham win 2-0.