Having finally snapped their yo-yo streak to finish in the top half of the Premier League last season, Marco Silva will be looking to secure another mid-table finish at Fulham.
Stadium: Craven Cottage
Manager: Marco Silva
Captain: Tom Cairney
Top league scorer last season: Aleksandar Mitrovic (14)
Last season’s position: 10th
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So many expected the Cottagers to follow the trend of promotion followed be relegation as they had in each of their last five seasons, but a strong start to the season meant that relegation was never really on the cards.
Four successive wins after the World Cup – including a rare victory against rivals Chelsea – had Fulham fans wondering if they could be venturing back into Europe.
The mindless dismissal of Aleksandar Mitrovic against Manchester United in the FA Cup derailed the season somewhat, but the goal of survival had long been secured.
So much went right for Fulham last season, but the challenge will be trying to consolidate their progress.
In Joao Palhinha, they had the best tackler in Europe’s top five leagues, while Bernd Leno was the second best keeper in the league in terms of goals prevented and Mitrovic – despite his eight-game suspension – scored 14 goals.
Long time top goalscorer Mitrovic joined Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal during the summer, leaving Silva's men with a gaping hole in their front line.
Raul Jimenez has filled that void to some extent and the loan signing of Armando Broja should also help to increase Fulham's goal output.
The Cottagers have shrugged off their status as a yo-yo club in recent seasons and will look to solidify their position as a Premier League club again this season.
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