We're very much in the heart of the playoff storm and at the half-way point in the tie, it's Reading who will probably count themselves as being in the slightly more enviable position, as we prepare to do battle with the Royals for the fourth and a half time this season.
Well, we've made it this far, and today feels a bit like the 'deep breath before the plunge', to quote from a famous Tolkien trilogy. Two legs against third-placed Reading, and one place at Wembley up for grabs. You don't need me to tell you that the stakes don't really get much higher than this.
What was promised to be a straight shootout for sixth spot merely a few weeks ago has become something of a formality, as Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday fans appear to have the stage set for just one big playoff party game on Sunday at noon.
So it pretty much comes down to this. A do-or-die local derby against that mob in red and white from up the road in Hounslow. It's about as heart-stopping as it gets for Fulham fans, as this crazy, topsy-turvy season comes to its conclusions.
Fulham's midfield trio of Kevin McDonald, Stefan Johansen and Tom Cairney, as we’ve pointed out time and time again, are the basis from which the Whites’ success this season has sprung.
Easter went about as well as Fulham could have ever hoped for, but life gets no easier for the Whites as they travel to Yorkshire to play a Huddersfield Town team exceeding all expectations this season.
Following Friday’s dramatic 10-man win over the Canaries of Norwich City, Fulham turn their attention to a home fixture against Aston Villa. Whilst Friday’s victory was a precious one, wins for Wednesday and Reading, as well as a point for Leeds against Newcastle means that the pressure for wins remains firmly on the Whites.
Whilst optimism remains high in the camp at Craven Cottage, there’s a pervading feeling that something hasn’t been quite right in the last four games that the Whites have played.
Fulham leapfrogged Sheffield Wednesday into the playoff places on Saturday afternoon, but a tough game against Derby County has the potential to pull the Whites back down to Earth incredibly quickly if they're not firing on all cylinders this evening.
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