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Fulham vrs Norwich City

Championship Match Day 01 1718 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 4th August 2017    KO: 15:00

Referee: James Linington (Newport, IOW)



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Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic is sweating on the fitness of club captain Tom Cairney ahead of their opening Sky Bet Championship home match with Norwich.

The Scotland international missed the Cottagers' final pre-season friendly against Wolfsburg with a knee injury and is rated doubtful for the match after only returning to full training on Thursday.

One player definitely missing is centre-back Ragnar Sigurdsson following the Iceland international's season-long loan move to Russian side Rubin Kazan.

Tomas Kalas is set to make his first appearance since re-joining the club on loan while new signings Aboubakar Kamara and Ibrahima Cisse could be handed their debuts.

Fulham have won four of their last eight opening-day matches (D3 L1), losing 2-1 to Ipswich in 2014-15.

Fulham have won have won six of their last seven league games against Norwich City, keeping clean sheets on five occasions.

Tom Cairney made more successful passes (3,354) and created more chances (118) than any player in the Championship last season. points.

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Norwich captain Russell Martin is a major injury doubt for his side's trip to Craven Cottage.

Martin (leg) did not train on Friday and will face a late fitness test ahead of the Championship fixture.

Josh Murphy and Ivo Pinto, who has missed the entirety of Norwich's pre-season campaign, could be available from the bench, but Jamal Lewis, Harry Toffolo, Tim Klose, Alex Pritchard are all out.

German Daniel Farke takes charge of the Canaries for the first time after he succeeded Alex Neil, who was sacked in March.

Norwich's 4-1 win over Blackburn on the first day of last season was their first opening-day victory in 14 attempts (D6 L7).

The Canaries haven't won an away game against Fulham since January 1986, losing eight of the 10 meetings in all competitions since (D2).

Norwich City accumulated 70 points last season - the most points they've recorded without winning promotion since 2001-02, having won promotion in the previous four seasons with 70+























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