This Saturday, as the festive programme provides a plethora of fixtures, Fulham welcome Huddersfield Town, to Craven Cottage, for a Premier League fixture.
After the competitive 1-1 draw, against Wolverhampton Wanderers, a draw that lifted us off the bottom of the table, we now go head-to-head with the side that replaced us at the bottom, Huddersfield Town.
It is a game that, if Fulham want to retain their Premier League status, they just have to win.
Ahead of the game, and as reported by the BBC, Callum Chambers has summed up what lies ahead, perfectly, remarking:
“We’ve got to go into every game as if it were a cup final. We all know that. We all know what we need to do and fully focused on the job at hand.
“The fans have been brilliant. They’re almost like a twelfth man for us. When they get behind us during the game, we can really feed off that energy.
“They’ve been great and we need to use that to our advantage and use the momentum they give us.”
But, whilst stating it is a game Fulham must win, are we capable of doing so?
Well, the TV pundit, Mark Lawrenson, in his regular feature for the BBC, certainly thinks so, with the former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender remarking:
“At least Fulham are scrapping for Ranieri, though, even if they have not won since his first match in charge – which was seven games ago – and the fans are still behind his side.
“Huddersfield are still fighting for David Wagner as well and they had enough chances in their defeat by Manchester United to make that game a lot closer.
“The Terriers very rarely get taken apart by anyone, but they do not score enough goals to get anything out of games.
“It will be interesting to see if Wagner is a little bit more adventurous in this game, because Fulham are the nearest team to them, or does he continue to try to keep things tight?
“This will be another close one, but I am expecting Fulham to come out on top.”
Lawrenson goes on to predict that Fulham will win 2-0, which would suit me fine.
Personally, I reckon it’ll be closer than that, but that Fulham will edge home by the odd goal in three.
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