A trip to The Cottage is full of nostalgia. Cosy ground by the river, no longer owned by that clown Al-Fayed (now owned by a Pakistani American) and managed by a chap from Serbia, Fulham are a fine club
A family club (whatever that means).
They have some decent players as well … the wonderkid Sessegnon, the powerful Mitrovic, the speedy and very expensive ex-Chav Schurrle, a very good Italian MF named Seri. They are a decent team who have yet to find their feet in the PL.
If you need to know more, read GN5’s excellent post from yesterday.
I expect a tough game this lunchtime. We returned from a very long Spursday trip to Baku late Friday morning and had only a day to prepare for this one, though many players were rested for the Qarabag tie.
The team almost picks itself with only the Holding or Mustafi selection in doubt. My hope is that Emery rewards Holding with a starting role but I suspect he will give the shirt to Mustafi (AWTH).
Oh … I forgot. We still have the Ozil & Ramsey quandary. I much prefer Iwobi to play instead of Aaron but think we will see a repeat of the early subs with Ramsey starting but not finishing the game.
Bellerin Mustafi GB Monreal
Ramsey Terrier Xhaka
As usual we will have a very strong bench.
Much is being made of the possible 9. Given we have yet to see a solid consistent 90 minutes in any of our victories it is proof that good fortune remains important in a fledgling managerial career. Had our opposition taken the many chances on offer we would be discussing Emery in a very different manner.
Should be an entertaining game and, if we can score early, a positive result.