Fulham’s hopes of Premier League survival are still alive, and with each passing week, it looks as though the final day clash with Newcastle United will decide both teams’ fates.
If all goes as expected, the final day clash at Craven Cottage will likely decide who survives and who is relegated, and as much this will be one of the tensest games in Premier League history, it will suit Fulham down to the ground.
One final game to decide your fate in the Premier League? That’s become something of a speciality for Fulham in recent years.
Indeed, nobody needs reminding of Fulham’s success in the playoffs in both 2018 and 2020, and these seem to be games that the Whites simply thrive in.
Two playoff finals, two victories, that’s what Fulham’s record stands at right now, and while the game against United on the final day won’t be a playoff final by name, in its nature, it’s the exact same thing.
Fulham have the experience behind them heading into that game. Yes, a lot of the players from the 2020 playoff winning side aren’t regulars anymore, and yes, even fewer players from the 2018 team remain, but certain dressing room leaders are still there and the coaching staff knows what it’s all about.
Newcastle, on the other hand, could wilt under this pressure. They’ve not played in a game with such high stakes for years, and the last time Steve Bruce managed in a game of this magnitude we all watched as a Tom Cairney goal sunk his Aston Villa team.
Could a repeat of that script be on the cards? Time will tell, but if Fulham are within three points of Newcastle on that final day, their experience in these sorts of occasions will be a massive help.