The international break is finally over. Of course, we still have to wait until Monday for Fulham to play. Waiting is hard, and I'm ready to see the boys in action again. This is a game I really hope Fulham can win. If they get three points here, I feel like the season will be back on track.
CC: Crystal Palace seemed to have been the newly promoted team most pegged to go back down by most of the pundits. From the supporters perspective, what do you have set up a reasonable goal for results this season?
Holmesdale.net: I'd say most of us see survival as an massive achievement, so it's not going to be easily attainable. I think most of us are content with relegation, because given the recent financial perils of the club under previous owners; the influx of cash and an investment in infrastructure is a huge deal. That said, whatever division, we want. 100% from the players, pride when wearing the shirt, and everyone rallying for the cause. With our crowds behind the players, we all want to fight till the last day of the season, regardless of position.
CC: Being in America, and not being a Palace fan means I haven't seen much of the team yet this year. The only games I've watched were the Sunderland victory and the Liverpool defeat. Neither result is probably very indicative of the kind of team that Palace actually is. What style of play can Fulham supporters expect to see in the match?
HN: I think Holloway has still been trying to find his best XI and subsequently the best way to present that team on a match day. With injuries too, it's been chop and change, and you only have to look at the vast number of different players that have played in only a few matches to see we haven't got a settled starting XI. Holloway will want to utilize wing play, overlapping fullbacks, one or two defensively minded midfielders sat infront of the back four, and the ball to be kept on the deck and passed through the midfield.
CC: This is a pretty big fixture for both clubs. Fulham follows it up with Southampton away, Manchester United at home, and Liverpool away. Not an easy set of matches to pick up points from. Palace follows it up with Arsenal at home, West Brom away, and Everton at home. That's an equally tough schedule. Given it's importance do you feel this is a must win game?
HN: I'd say yes. Many tipped Fulham to struggle this season, despite some quality in the squad, and early indications seem to support that. If we have any hope of staying up, or atleast putting up a decent show, then we need to be competitive against the teams around us. At the moment, that includes Fulham.
Key players, projected lineup, and score prediction
HN: We've had solid performances from our fullbacks Ward and Moxey, with good break-up play from our captain Jedinak, and some promising signs from young players like Gayle, Campana and Bolasie.
Possible starting XISperoniWard --- Mariappa --- Gabbidon --- MoxeysJedinak --- KGKebe ---- Campana ---- BolasieGayle