Preview: Fulham look to continue encouraging start against Cardiff

Fulham took four points off Cardiff last season
Fulham took four points off Cardiff last season

Leeds’ late equaliser denied Fulham a third consecutive win but Slavisa Jokanovic’s side have made a hugely encouraging start to their season. And if Cardiff’s display against QPR last weekend is anything to go by, the Whites are strong favourites to get the points today. 

Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 20 August 2016
Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancaster, Lancashire) preview: Fulham’s odds cut after good start
Vital statistic: Cardiff have failed to win their last six away matches.

Injuries and suspensions
Ruled out: Ryan Fredericks (ankle).

Ruled out: Stuart O’Keefe (broken arm).
Fitness test: Ashley Richards (calf), Lee Peltier (ankle).

Possible starting line-ups

Fulham: Button; Odoi, Kalas, Madl, Sessegnon; Cairney, McDonald, Parker, Ayite; Aluko; Smith.

Cardiff: Marshall; Connolly, Manga, Morrison; Richards, Ralls, Gunnarsson, Whittingham, John; Pilkington; Immers.

 Facts and figures
FORM GUIDE (last five league matches)
Fulham: D W W W L (10 points) • Home: W W L W W (12 points)
Cardiff: W L D D L (5 points) • Away: D L L L D (2 points)

TOP SCORERS (league only)
Fulham – 2: Smith; 1: Aluko, Cairney.
Cardiff: None (Own goals: 2)

9 Apr 2016: Fulham 2 Cardiff 1
8 Aug 2015: Cardiff 1 Fulham 1
10 Jan 2015: Cardiff 1 Fulham 0
30 Aug 2014: Fulham 1 Cardiff 1
8 Mar 2014: Cardiff 3 Fulham 1
Fulham 1 win, Cardiff 2 wins, 2 draws