FUL vs MIDD Dream11: The new season of the Championship begins later tonight as Fulham square off to Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage. It was a forgetful last season for Fulham as they ended up getting relegated from the Premier League and are now back in the lower divisions. However, Manager Marco Silva will have the expectations from fans of promoting Fulham back the the top tier.
As for Middlesbrough, they finished at the 10th spot in the previous season of the Championship with 64 points from 46 games. They too, will want to climb higher up the points table this time around, and maximum points against Fulham could do them a world of good heading forward. Nevertheless, it is going to be a challenging task and it has all the elements of it being an intriguing watch.
Date: August 8
Kick-Off: 6:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Craven Cottage
Where to watch the Championship Live: No Coverage in India
Head to Head
From the last six meetings between the two sides, it’s Fulham that have had the edge with three wins in contrast to Middlesbrough’s one win. Two games have ended on level terms as well.
Injury Report and Unavailability: T Kongolo and T Cairney are ruled out due to injuries.
Expected Changes and Strategy: P Gazzaniga should be starting in at goal, while, K Tete, T Ream, T Adarabioyo and A Robinson could line up in defence. H Reed and A Zambo Anguissa are likely to partner along in central midfield. A Knockaert, B Cordova Reid and H Wilson are expected to start higher up the pitch. Aleksandar Mitrovic is in contetion to lead the attack.
Paulo Gazzaniga; Kenny Tete, Tim Ream, Tosin Adarabioyo, Antonee Robinson; Harrison Reed, Andre Zambo Anguissa; Anthony Knockaert, Bobby Cordova-Reid, Harry Wilson; Aleksandar Mitrovic
Injury Report and Unavailability: Marting Pyero is unavailable.
Expected Changes and Strategy: Jo Lumly should be starting in at goal, while, P McNair, D Fry, and G Hall could line up in defence. A Dijksteel, J Howson, S Morsy and H Coulson are expected to feature in midfield. M Crooks and D Watmore could provide the service to U Ikpeazu up top.
Joe Lumley; Paddy McNair, Dael Fry, Grant Hall; Anfernee Dijksteel, Jonathan Howson, Samy Morsy, Hayden Coulson; Matt Crooks, Duncan Watmore; Uche Ikpeazu
B Reid did impress last season for Fulham has he bagged seven goals from the 37 starts last season.
D Watmore can pack a punch in the final third region for Middlesbrough. Watmore has nine goals from 35 appearances last season. He can be added to the FUL vs MIDD Dream11 Team.
A Mitrovic can prove to be the danger man for Fulham up top. Mitrovic bagged four goals last season, but does have the potential to score more. He can be included to the FUL vs MIDD Dream11 Fantasy Football side.
G Saville did do well in central midfield for Middlesbrough last season. Saville had six goals from 45 appearances.
GK: P Gazzaniga
DEF: P McNair, K Tete, T Adarbioyo, A Djiksteel
MID: A Knockaert, J Howson, S Morsy
FOR: D Watmore, A Mitrovic, B Reid
Middlesbrough finished 10th last season in the Championship and will be keen on starting off on a positive note here. However, Fulham do have some experienced players with ample quality that could threaten the Middlesbrough defence. The FUL vs MIDD Today Match Prediction odds are therefore, in favor of Fulhm to get the win later tonight.