When Manchester City arrive at Craven Cottage, few will predict Fulham will give the title chasers much of a scare this afternoon.
But considering Fulham’s recent home performances against the Premier League’s big clubs, the Whites must enter the match with confidence that they can pull of a shock.
The claim may sound ludicrous when considering Fulham have won just once in all of 2019 and sit second from last in the table.
But when looking at the Whites’ results against the best sides in the division, a different story emerges than a relegation struggler failing to compete.
Against Tottenham Hotspur in January, Fulham went up 1-0, battled admirably, and cruelly lost on a last-second Harry Winks winner.
Versus Chelsea in March, Fulham deserved a point and were harshly denied a late equaliser when Ryan Sessegnon strayed narrowly offside.
And just two weeks ago, Liverpool were fortunate to escape SW6 with three points after James Milner’s late penalty.
Fulham have shown that they are not overawed by the occasion of welcoming Champions League teams to the Cottage, attacking with aplomb and keeping the scores close for large stretches.
In a depressingly dismal season for Fulham, an upset victory over Manchester City would provide a welcome boost after so many close calls against the Premier League giants.