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TEAM NEWS ~ Fulham welcome Sheff Utd Cham MD23 ~ 21/22

last updated Tuesday 21st December 2021, 1:53 PM

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Fulham vrs Sheffield United

Championship Match Day 23 at Craven Cottage ~ 21/22

Monday 20th December 2021    KO: 19:45

Referee: James Linington (Newport)

Fulham manager Marco Silva
Fulham manager
Marco Silva
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Fulham will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Championship this evening when they host Sheffield United at Craven Cottage.

Marco Silva’s side were forced to settle for a draw in their recent showdown with Luton Town as Aleksandar Mitrovic’s effort was cancelled out by Elijah Adebayo’s header.

Having failed to secure maximum points in any of their last four league games, Fulham know that they will need to be at their very best if they are to pick a positive result in Monday’s meeting with the Blades as their opponents have won their last three games in the Championship.

Whilst Fulham will not be able to call upon the services of Jay Stansfield for this fixture due to the fact that the forward is currently recovering from a knee injury, the likes of Denis Odoi, Josh Onomah and Rodrigo Muniz will all be pushing for a place in the club’s starting eleven.

Having utilised the 4-2-3-1 formation on numerous occasions this season, Silva is expected to revert to this system on Monday after deploying a 4-3-3 set-up against Luton Town.

Goalkeeper Marek Rodak will be aiming to claim his sixth clean-sheet of the season tomorrow.

Tim Ream will be partnered in the heart of defence by Tosin Adarabioyo who scored for Fulham in their last home league fixture.

Joe Bryan will feature at left-back whilst Kenny Tete will be handed another opportunity to impress on the right-hand side by Silva.

Tom Cairney is set to start in central-midfield alongside Jean Michael Seri who has only missed one league game this season.

Whilst Neeskens Kebano and Harry Wilson will be tasked with providing width in tomorrow’s clash, Bobby Decordova-Reid could be replaced in the side by Fabio Carvalho.

After setting the Championship alight during the opening weeks of the season by providing four direct goal contributions in five appearances, Carvalho has been unable to reach similar heights in recent weeks as he has struggled with his consistency.

Determined to prove his worth to Silva, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the attacking midfielder ends up producing an eye-catching display against the Blades.

Mitrovic is once again expected to lead the line for Fulham and will unquestionably fancy his chances of adding to the 22 goals that he has already scored at this level in this particular fixture.

Fulham possible starting lineup:
Rodak; Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream, Bryan; Seri, Cairney; Wilson, Carvalho, Kebano; Mitrovic

Sheffield United
Sheffield United Coach Paul Heckingbottom
Sheffield United
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A competitive encounter is guaranteed on Monday night as Sheffield United take a trip to the capital to face Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Both sides would have had aspirations for automatic promotion at the start of the season – however it’s been a different story for both sides.

Fulham have been flying high whilst the Blades have struggled this season, leading to the dismissal of summer appointment Slavisa Jokanovic last month.

Paul Heckingbottom has seen improved performances since he was given the job on a permanent basis and seems to be getting the best out of the players in his two games in charge.

They will be without three first team players as Robin Olsen, Rhian Brewster and Jack O’Connell are all out for this fixture – the latter two with long-term injuries – but John Fleck will be available for selection.

Adlene Guedioura returned to training after sustaining an ankle injury earlier this season but it remains to be seen as to whether he will be involved in the squad.

Conor Hourihane could be preferred to Sander Berge in the Blades midfield who has struggled to find a place in the team and has struggled for fitness this season.

It could remain a similar side to the one we saw beat Cardiff City a few weeks ago with Heckingbottom needing to decide who he thinks are up to the task of facing table toppers Fulham.

It’s a huge game for both sides and whichever group of players step up for Sheffield United, they could make a huge stride in getting into the top six this campaign.

Sheff Utd possible starting lineup:
Foderingham; Basham, Egan, Davies; Bogle, Norwood, Hourihane, Stevens; Gibbs-White, McGoldrick; Sharp

Source Josh Cole and Justin Peach at Football League world
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