PreviewsA collection of Fulhamish previews
For the fourth time in under a year, Fulham fans will make the short and unnecessarily arduous trip up the M4 to face Reading at the Madjeski Stadium. To pretty much everybody's displeasure, Fulham will start their away campaign in the exact place that it ended so agonisingly last season.
So, the Championship is back for 2017/18 and Fulham kick off their season against seasoned opposition in Norwich City. The Canaries were expected to push for promotion last season and will be determined to make up for lost time in this campaign.
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.
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.
Well here we go - one of the biggest run-ins for many a year. Five games stand between Slav's men and an elusive spot in the play-offs. It's still in completely our hands, but the room for manoeuvre has well and truly expired.