Intended position of guardian writers 19th (NB: this is not necessarily John Brewin’s prediction but the average of our editors’ predictions)
Ranking last season 1st (Championship)
Odds of winning the league (via Oddschecker) 1,000-1
In April, Fulham supporters invaded the pitch after promotion. The celebrations were still fairly low-key, and not just because the distinguished reputation of Cottagers fans precedes them. The club’s last two promotions to the Premier League were followed by immediate relegation, and thus finishing 17th or higher would be considered a resounding success.
Craven Cottage will have a different look, the imposing Riverside Stand finally open for business, albeit only the lower level initially, as owner Shahid Khan upgrades the chintzy and beloved stadium. The high ticket prices to be paid for the renovations became a battleground between fans and Khan.
The cost can soar to as much as £100 for a single match ticket for the opener with Liverpool, asking many fans when manager Marco Silva admitted the label of a ‘yo-yo team’ is a “good nickname”. ”. Last season was pleasant, a breeze back, but Silva will be without Fabio Carvalho, sold to Liverpool, a key contributor to Aleksandar Mitrovic’s record 43 league goals, although Harry Wilson will remain.
It’s neither Silva’s nor Fulham’s makeup to play percentage football, and that high-paying public has come to expect entertainment. Khan is unlikely to match the £100million spend in the summer of 2018, and spoke of the need to “have a different approach to one of the biggest clubs”. The hope is that Silva has enough of us and his players can find enough quality to break the cycle of promotion followed by demotion.