Craven Cottage has been the scene of some of our worst performances over the past few seasons, following years of total dominance over them. Last season’s insipid loss was probably the nadir of our early season malaise, and also the day the Hangeland rumours began (which have continued as recently as this week).
This year we appear to be made of stronger stuff, despite two defeats on our travels. In both cases, we could have come away with a result, and with no disrespect to Fulham, the opposition were far superior.
That said, Fulham are no walkover, but the goals have been flying in, and with Arshavin and Van Persie fit and available again, there is no reason for that not to continue. With Walcott waiting in the wings and a possible to be on the bench today, we have attacking options in abundance. And Nasri isn’t even back yet.
Almunia’s chest infection continues, apparently, and that means either Mannone or Szczesny in goal. After his midweek display, the unpronounceable latter would seem to make sense. Some are suggesting the Almunia has been dropped, comparing it to the Jens situation, but that year we had an experienced keeper in reserve. This time we don’t, so I can only imagine the illness is genuine.
The game is on ESPN, which is infuriating as I don’t have it, but for those who do, or can find a working stream, enjoy the game. I’m tipping a 3-1 win, Arshavin scoring on his return.
Come on you reds.