Fulham make the five-mile journey down the A4 on Saturday looking to re-discover some consistency as they aim for an instant return to the Premier League.
That campaign in the top flight was an unmitigated disaster and left The Whites with a bloated squad. That was trimmed with the departures of Ryan Sessegnon, Lazar Markovic, and Jean Seri, among others, over the summer as Fulham prepared for life back in the second tier under Scott Parker.
Parker's tenure so far has been characterised by consistent inconsistency. Three straight wins, five without a win, back-to-back wins, one win in five, four straight wins, and two straight defeats, is how The Whites campaign has gone so far.
As with their campaign two years ago, Fulham have been the team to watch for goals. The Whites 21 league outings have produced 56 goals with Aleksandar Mitrovic top of the Championship goals charts with 16 goals in 20 outings.
Fulham Chairman Shahid Khan named Scott Parker Caretaker Manager in February 2019, and Parker impressed sufficiently in the role to be named permanent Head Coach prior to the final game of the Premier League season. After replacing Claudio Ranieri in what was initially an interim capacity, Parker oversaw an upturn in form which included three consecutive clean sheets and wins in April, which saw him nominated for Manager of the Month.
As a player, Parker began his career at Charlton Athletic, making 145 appearances before moving to Chelsea. After a two-year stay at Stamford Bridge, Parker took in spells with Newcastle United, West Ham United, and Tottenham Hotspur before spending the final four years of his career at Craven Cottage. That career also saw the midfielder pick up 18 caps for England.
It's as you were with Joel Valencia, Josh Clarke, Sergi Canos, and Nikos Karelis on the treatment table.
For Fulham, Denis Odoi begins a three-match ban after his sending-off in the midweek defeat at Preston.
Steven Sessegnon and Tom Cairney are back in training after illness, while Harry Arter, Bobby Decordova-Reid and Harrison Reed will all be assessed.
🆚 Will Oakley of Fulham Focus previews The Whites
⚖ Oliver Langford will be the man in charge on Saturday
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