Fulham are back in the Premier League after a 4 year absence and the fixtures that will await the Whites in 2018/19 are out. Sammy James takes a look at the stand-out matches this season.
Crystal Palace (H) – 11th August
How apt that Fulham’s first game back in the top flight is the same as Fulham’s last game in the top flight. Roy Hodgson will return to the Cottage on what will be a triumphant day for the Whites.
Palace lost on the opening day last season to Play-Off winners Huddersfield, and there is no reason the Whites can’t repeat the trick this time around. Palace are an experienced Premier League side but it’s a great opportunity to get three points on the board early on.
Manchester City (A) – September 15th
A real test for Slavisa’s men as Fulham face a Pep Guardiola team for the first time in their history.
Much of this current team have never faced such high-level opposition, so it will be fascinating to see how they cope with the prowess of Man City’s starting XI.
Huddersfield (A) – 3rd November
With 10 South Coast and London teams in the division, there aren’t many opportunities for old-fashioned Northern away days this season. Therefore make sure you take advantage of Huddersfield away with its decent pubs, good allocation and cheap ticket prices.
Chelsea (A) – December 1st
Going to Stamford Bridge turned into a bit of a chore towards the end of our last Premier League stint. However, with a four year absence, cheaper ticket prices and maybe a better chance than ever of getting a result – maybe a trip to Chelsea might not be so arduous this time.
Wolves (H) – 26th December
After 5 years of consecutive away days on Boxing Day – it’s a relief that finally we have one back at Craven Cottage. Christmas football is always magic, and it’s nice that this time we don’t have to spend time and money slogging it on the club coach.
West Ham (A) – 23rd February
Not much positive has been said about a trip to the Olympic Stadium, but considering we won’t get to visit Spurs’ new stadium, at least it’s one to tick off the list. Post match pint in Westfields lads?
Bournemouth (A) – 20th April
The fixture gods have been kind to us with our run-in. All very winnable games that will come in handy should we find ourselves in a spot of relegation bother. They’ve also been kind scheduling us a nice trip to the seaside in late April when hopefully we shouldn’t be freezing our tits off.
Apart from the fact we don’t get to visit Spurs’ new ground, overall it’s a decent fixture list that certainly whettens the appetite for next season. Fulham are back in the big time, and now it feels very real indeed.