Four years after being relegated, Fulham are back in the Premier League. How will they get on?

Fulham Premier League Fixtures, Squad, Guide

Fulham hit the jackpot by beating Aston Villa in the Championship play-off Final at Wembley to return to the Premier League four years after being relegated. Aleksandar Mitrovic was their main summer transfer target, while Ryan Fredericks joined West Ham after his Fulham contract expired.

Annual wage bill – £36.1m (2016)

Annual income – £34.9m (2017)

Stadium Craven Cottage (25,700)

Odds – 1,000/1 to win Premier League

FAN’S VIEW

David Preston

LAST SEASON WAS… 

A season of two halves – the first half was depressing and lacklustre; the second was extraordinary and exhilarating, culminating in a never-to-be-forgotten play-off
Final victory at Wembley – our first visit there in 43 years.

OUR BIGGEST HERO 

That would be a Serbian double-act of Slavisa Jokanovic and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was a star man last season for Fulham (Getty Images)

OUR BIGGEST VILLAIN 

The former “Moneyball” stats man, Craig Kline, who had an unhealthy influence over transfer policy. Once he was fired, things changed almost overnight. And not forgetting our friend “Colin” – Neil Warnock.

YOUNGSTER TO WATCH 

I don’t think I can get away with Ryan Sessegnon for the third year running so I’ll give you four: Marlon Fossey, Matt O’Riley, Adetayo Edun and Ryan’s twin brother Steven.

MOST UNDERRATED PLAYER

Tim Ream and Kevin McDonald deserve a mention as both had exceptional seasons.

HOPES & FEARS FOR 2018-19 

The hope is that Fulham can continue to play the kind of entertaining football that earned them so many plaudits last term. The fear is that the squad won’t have been bolstered with enough depth and quality to survive a Premier League campaign.

Fulham Premier League Squad

Name Age / d.o.b. Signed / prev club

GOALKEEPERS
Marcus Bettinelli (26) 24.05.92 2011 / youth
Marek Rodak (Slk) (21) 13.12.96 2013 / MFK Kosice (Slk)
Sergio Rico (Spa) (24) 01.09.1993 2018 / Sevilla
Fabri (Spa) (30) 31.12.1987 2018 / Besiktas

DEFENDERS
Cyrus Christie (RoI) (25) 30.09.92 2018 / Middlesbrough
Marcelo Djalo (Spa) (24) 08.10.93 2017 / Lugo (Spa)
Maxime Le Marchand (Fra) (28) 11.10.89 2018 / Nice (Fra)
Denis Odoi (Blg) (30) 27.05.88 2016 / Lokeren (Blg)
Tim Ream (USA) (30) 05.10.87 2015 / Bolton Wanderers
Steven Sessegnon (18) 18.05.00 2017 / youth
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (20) 02.01.1998 2018 / Manchester United
Calum Chambers (23) 20.01.95 2014 / Arsenal
Alfie Mawson (24) 19.01.1994 2018 / Swansea City
Joe Bryan (24) 17.09.1993 2018/ Bristol City

MIDFIELDERS
Tom Cairney (Sco) (27) 20.01.91 2015 / Blackburn Rovers
Ibrahima Cisse (Blg) (24) 28.02.94 2017 / Standard Liege (Blg)
Luca de la Torre (USA) (20) 23.05.98 2013 / youth
Stefan Johansen (Nor) (27) 08.01.91 2016 / Celtic (Sco)
Neeskens Kebano (DRC) (26) 10.03.92 2016 / Genk (Blg)
Kevin McDonald (Sco) (29) 04.11.88 2016 / Wolves
Jean Seri (IvC) (27) 19.07.91 2018 / Nice (Fra)
Ryan Sessegnon (18) 18.05.00 2008 / youth
Andre Schurrle (27) 06.11.1990 2018 / Borussia Dortmund
Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa (Cam) (22) 16.11.1995 2018 / Marseille

FORWARDS
Floyd Ayite (Tog) (29) 15.12.88 2016 / SC Bastia (Fra)
Rui Fonte (Por) (28) 23.04.90 2017 / Braga (Por)
Aboubakar Kamara (Fra) (23) 07.03.95 2017 / Amiens (Fra)
Cauley Woodrow (23) 02.12.94 2011 / Luton Town
Aleksandar Mitrovic (23) 16.09.1994 / Newcastle United
Luciano Vietto (Arg) (24) 05.12.1993 2018 / Atletico Madrid

MANAGER
Slavisa Jokanovic (Ser) (49) 16.08.68 2015 / Maccabi Tel Aviv (Isr)

Slavisa Jokanovic takes charge of Fulham once again (Getty Images)

Fulham Premier League Fixtures

Aug 11 Crystal Palace (h) – lost 2-0

Aug 18 Tottenham (a) – lost 3-1

Aug 25 Burnley (h) – won 4-2

Sep 1 Brighton (a) – drew 2-2

Sep 15 Man City (a) – lost 3-0

Sep 22 Watford (h) – drew 1-1

Sep 29 Everton (a) – lost 3-0

Oct 6 Arsenal (h) – lost 5-1

Oct 20 Cardiff (a) – lost 4-2

Oct 27 Bournemouth (h)

Nov 3 Huddersfield (a)

Nov 10 Liverpool (a)

Nov 24 Southampton (h)

Dec 1 Chelsea (a)

Dec 4 Leicester (h)

Dec 8 Man Utd (a)

Dec 15 West Ham (h)

Dec 22 Newcastle (a)

Dec 26 Wolves (h)

Dec 29 Huddersfield (h)

Jan 1 Arsenal (a)

Jan 12 Burnley (a)

Jan 19 Tottenham (h)

Jan 29 Brighton (h)

Feb 2 Crystal Palace (a)

Feb 9 Man Utd (h)

Feb 23 West Ham (a)

Feb 27 Southampton (a)

Mar 2 Chelsea (h)

Mar 9 Leicester (a)

Mar 16 Liverpool (h)

Mar 30 Man City (h)

Apr 6 Watford (a)

Apr 13 Everton (h)

Apr 20 Bournemouth (a)

Apr 27 Cardiff (h)

May 4 Wolves (a)

May 12 Newcastle (h)

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