The term ‘must-win’ gets banded around far too often for our liking, but Fulham’s game against Sheffield United at the weekend feels like a match where that description is apt.
To put it bluntly, the Blades haven’t looked sharp at all this season, they’ve won just three games all campaign and they sit rock bottom of the league table.
The reverse fixture was a draw, but this remains one of the most winnable games on the calendar for Fulham, and a victory here will put them within just three points of Newcastle.
However, a loss would keep the gap at six points and with the Whites approaching the business end of the season, that would be nothing short of catastrophic.
Scott Parker simply has to get his team selection spot on for this one, and with that in mind, we’ve had a go at predicting the Whites’ starting XI for this clash.
Perhaps surprisingly, we think Parker may opt to make two changes here.
Top goalscorer Bobby Decordova-Reid was subbed off against Burnley, and that change saw Ruben Loftus-Cheek move into a central role where he looked a lot more effective, so it wouldn’t surprise us one bit to see him moved into the middle and Ivan Cavaleiro started on the right.
Meanwhile, another man who impressed against Burnley was Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, and we expect him to regain his starting spot in place of Mario Lemina.
Aside from that, the rest of the team lines up how you’d imagine it to.
The back five remains the same as we’ve seen in the last two games, with Ola Aina getting the nod over Antonee Robinson at left-back once again, while the ever-dependable Harrison Reed starts in the heart of midfield.
Josh Maja and Ademola Lookman remain Fulham’s chief attacking outlets for this match.