With Marco Silva’s Fulham side heading into Wednesday night’s Championship clash in unconvincing form, as the Cottagers’ have won just one of their last five fixtures in all competitions, the 44-year-old manager will undoubtedly be hoping for a positive result at Craven Cottage in order to get his team’s automatic promotion push back on track.
However, with the visitors to west London this evening, Swansea City, being in much-improved form under Russell Martin in recent weeks, having lost just once in their last five league games, despite the contrasting league positions of the two sides, picking up three points in the fixture will be no walk in the park for Fulham.
So, will Silva make any changes to the team that started in the Cottagers’ 1-1 draw with Bristol City last weekend? Here’s how we think Fulham could line up against the Swans, along with the latest team and injury news…
With both Fabio Carvalho and Tom Cairney still sidelined due to injury, Silva once again has a tough call to make in the middle of the park for the visit of Swansea, so, with this in mind, we predict that the 44-year-old will make two changes to the side that started against the Robins.
In defence, the back five of Paulo Gazzaniga, Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream, Tosin Adarabioyo and Denis Odoi remains unchanged, as, despite the disappointing result at Ashton Gate, all five players turned in impressive performances in the fixture.
In the middle of the park, following his recovery from injury, the £31k-per-week Harrison Reed comes in alongside Nathaniel Chalobah, taking the place of Jean-Michael Seri, as the 31-year-old’s form has dropped in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, after yet another ineffectual display against Bristol City, Josh Onomah drops out of the side, with Bobby Reid – who started on the left flank last weekend – moving into the central attacking midfield role, while 29-year-old Neeskens Kebano comes in on the left-hand side of the Fulham attack.
Finally, Aleksandar Mitrovic keeps his place as starting centre-forward, with Rodrigo Muniz having to make do with a spot on the bench.