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How should Fulham should line-up against Watford?

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How should Fulham should line-up against Watford?

Fulham host early-season high-flyers Watford at Craven Cottage on lunchtime Saturday, with both sides hoping to bounce back from Mancunian defeats.

The Whites were trounced by City while the Hornets were narrowly bested by United, the latter result representing Watford’s first loss of the season.

If Fulham hope to inflict a second straight setback to the Hertfordshire side, they must copy their Burnley game-plan with a few key alterations.

In Slavisa Jokanovic’s pre-match press conference, the Serbian manager insisted his side would continue to play brave, attacking football.

As a result, expect Fulham to roll out their familiar 4-3-3 formation, despite the criticism levelled against the tactics last week.

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In defence, both Marcus Bettinelli and Alfie Mawson will keep their places, but those will be the only constants in the back five from last weekend’s defeat.

Jokanovic must reinstate Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Joe Bryan as full-backs, as well as starting Maxime le Marchand in his preferred centre-half role.

 

With Tom Cairney missing from midfield, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa should fill his absence, adding steel with Kevin McDonald and complementing the panache of Jean-Michael Seri.

Up front, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Andre Schurrle deserve to keep their places, but a major shift Jokanovic must make is reinstating Ryan Sessegnon at left wing.

The 18-year-old struggled in his opening league matches and was dropped to the bench before the 4-2 win against Burnley, yet has shone in a substitute appearance at Brighton as well as at left-back versus Manchester City.

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Vietto was quiet in the past two matches, but the energy and eye for goal from the Englishman will be vital for Fulham’s success against Watford.

The Whites must begin the match brightly and provide plenty of service to Mitrovic, who has been on lethal form ever since joining Fulham in January.

If Seri can rebound from a poor performance at the Etihad, the Ivorian can pull the strings in SW6 and set Fulham’s front three up for success.

When Fulham create chances, they thrive. And with an attacking 4-3-3 boosted by a solid midfield, the Cottagers will hope to knock off the fourth-best side in the Premier League on Saturday.

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