After an expected defeat away to the reigning champions Manchester City last week, Fulham must pick themselves up and go again in the early kick off on Saturday at home to Watford.
Losing to a club of the Citizens stature is by no means an embarrassment, but is still a steep learning curve for the newly promoted club highlighting how tough Premier League life will be. Conceding within two minutes of both halves kicking off did not help matters, and this added with Siva’s 21st minute effort means that the Whites now have the worst defensive record in the league with 12 goals conceded in five games. Jokanovic must find the balance between his possession based attacking football and the need for defensive stability, in order to make the most out of this season.
However, this is unlikely to take place anytime soon. Slavisa expressed clearly in his press conference that although “people are asking for us to be more pragmatic, for me this is being brave, which is the best way to win the game.” This defiant approach to his belief in attacking football will be music to the neutrals ears and also to fans of the club, for who it will be positive to hear the manager visualizing gung-ho performances like the ones we have come to regularly see for Liverpool, Man City and Tottenham.
Standing in the way of the clubs second win of the season is high flying Watford who are currently in a Champions League spot after winning their first four games on the spin. Tipped by many for relegation, Javi Gracia has found a winning formula at the Hornets, not making a single change to his stating line up in all five opening fixtures. Resilient in defence with Foster and Kabasele, steel in midfield with Capoue and Doucoure, the creative magic of Pereyra and the firing Gray and Deeney up front means the spine of the team is strong.
The most effective way to create chances may well be by getting in behind their attack minded full backs in Holebas and Janmaat. With Schurrle and Vietto in good form on both flanks, their is a promise of many riches if they seize the opportunities that will inevitably present themselves.
In injury news, it is exciting to hear that 2017/18’s player of the season Tim Ream is back in training and will likely partner Mawson next weekend when back to full fitness. Cairney remains out with an ankle injury.
Predicted line-up: Bettinelli, Fosu-Mensah, Odoi, Mawson, Sessegnon, Zambo Anguissa, Seri, McDonald, Vietto, Mitrovic, Schurrle
Predicted score: 2-1