PreviewsA collection of Fulhamish previews
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.
Crunch time is well and truly upon us at the Cottage on Saturday with Ipswich the latest obstacle in the hunt for that all important 6th place finish.
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.
Tuesday's crushing last-gasp disappointment means that Fulham remain outside the playoff places, but that will change if the Whites can return to winning ways against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.