Here we go again. Survival Sunday nerves are already beginning to settle in and as Blues fans we’re certainly used to that now.
Two last day saloon’s against Bolton and Bristol in recent years was enough for the hearts of the St Andrews faithful in recent years. However, they will no doubt be skipping beats once again on Sunday.
The opponent? High flying Fulham – a unit who are yet to lose in 2018. They’re due a loss right?
Monk’s back line will have to be on top form to shut out the attacking force that is Ryan Sessegnon and Aleksandar Mitrovic. The 17-year-old has become the star of this campaign and with 15 goals to his name, very few teams have been able to stop him this season. Also with Mitrovic in the front-line, they have netted a total of 27 goals between them – just 8 away from our whole squad! No pressure then, eh?
The permutations are Blues need a point to stay in the division, with Derby and Preston both needing a win against Barnsley and Burton respectively to keep their playoff hopes alive. Fulham will also be
Quotes from the managers
“We can’t afford to be in this position again,”
“On Sunday we need to make sure we retain our status in the league and then we take it into a new era, we take it to a situation where we are never in this position again.
“We have to have that mindset and mentality and make sure we do everything we can to get that opportunity – that’s the mentality we have been trying to put in from the start and that’s what I am sure you will see on Sunday.”
“We are going to be ready for the challenge. Where we are going to finish after this game, we are going to see.
“It’s not under my control, I don’t know what’s going to happen in this game. What’s under my control is making sure we’re ready for the Birmingham game and try to find our best performance in order to fight for three points.
“It’s going to be a sold out stadium with many Fulham supporters. It will be a great atmosphere and this situation always motivates my team to push and fight for our best face.”
Head to head
Blues have won 3, drawn 5 and lost 4 of the last 12 stagings of this fixture, being outscored by Fulham by 15 goals to 12.
Blues have scored in 55% of their last 20 home games
Fulham have scored in 90% of their last 20 away games
Fulham have kept a clean sheet in 25% of their last 20 away games
GLK: Marcus Bettinelli
DEF: Kouassi Ryan Sessegnon, Denis Odoi, Matt Targett, Tim Ream, Ryan Fredericks
MID: Gustavo Lucas Domingues Piazon, Tom Cairney, Stefan Johansen, Kevin McDonald
FWD: Aleksandar Mitrovic
GLK: David Stockdale
DEF: Michael Morrison, Marc Roberts, Maxime Colin, Wes Harding
MID: Jacques Maghoma, David Davis, Jose Ignacio Peleteiro Ramallo, Maikel Kieftenbeld
FWD: Lukas Jutkiewicz, Che Adams
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We’re going with a 1-1 draw, with Blues needing that all important equaliser in the last half an hour, whilst the Blues fans clutch at their phones updating the scores every minute. It wouldn’t be Bleus doing it the easy way would it?
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