Aug 4, 2017
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Fulham vs Norwich: Championship match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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A Premier League fixture not so long ago, both of these sides will be hoping to be in and around the fight for promotion come the end of the season. Fulham will be desperate to make up for play-off heartbreak last season whilst Norwich are hoping for big things from new boss Daniel Farke.

Pre-season form

Slavisa Jokanovic’s side had a tough pre-season schedule, facing two Premier League sides and one Bundesliga side. They faced defeat in all three of those encounters but went unbeaten in their remaining four fixtures.

In fairness, the Whites looked the better side for portions of their most recent fixture against Wolfsburg, but the Germans had the cutting edge required to punish them when opportunities came their way. Such a performance on Saturday against Norwich could yield a much more positive result.

Norwich faced a perhaps less challenging set of fixtures but emerged unbeaten, with an impressive draw against newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion drawing pre-season to a close last weekend.

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Daniel Farke is yet to taste defeat of any kind as Norwich boss and will be hoping to extend that run into competitive fixtures, though Fulham will provide a much tougher test than the likes of Cobham Ramblers and Lowestoft Town, or even Stevenage and Cambridge.

Predicted starting XIs

Aboubakar Kamara is likely to make his debut up-front for Fulham and will also be joined by Tomas Kalas on his return to the club. Ibrahim Cisse may have to wait to take his bow from the bench.

Norwich face a selection headache due to injuries and are set to give debuts to the majority of their starting eleven. The biggest doubt surrounds whether Farke will choose Nelson Oliveira or Cameron Jerome up-front.

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Team news

Captain Tom Cairney is the major doubt for Fulham, having missed the club’s final pre-season fixture against Wolfsburg. He did, however, return to training on Thursday and could now face a late fitness test in an attempt to be fit enough to feature.

For Norwich, their own captain Russell Martin is unlikely to feature having missed training on Friday with a leg problem. Josh Murphy and Ivo Pinto have both missed almost all of pre-season through injury but could both take up a place on the bench if called upon. Cult hero Wes Hoolahan should also be in contention from the bench.

Score prediction: Fulham 1-0 Norwich

This could be a tight one. Norwich’s loss of the spine of their team this summer may take some time to get used to. Whilst Farke will bring them round eventually, it may be a slow process and Fulham will be tough opposition.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.