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Fulham Versus West Brom - Three Questions

There's no SB Nation West Brom site, I reached out to Baggies Blog and Joseph Chapman answered the call.

Clive Mason

I didn't get as many crowd sourced questions as I'd hoped in time to get them answered in a timely fashion. I promise to do better and give everyone a much longer period of time to get in questions for next week. But as usual, here are my questions and their answers. Be sure to read my answers to their questions as well.

CC: Last year at times the club seemed to be carried by Lukaku. Without being able to bring him back on another loan, you've yet to score this season. Do you feel like enough offense has been brought in to score this season, or are you worried about a possible relegation fight?

JC: The Lukaku scenario was a bit hit and miss. One game he would win single handedly; the next he'd be anonymous. The national media gave him all the plaudits, and rightly so- after all he's 20 years old, he's just scored 17 goals in a season and has an exciting career ahead. I would argue, however, players such as Gareth McAuley and Youssouf Mulumbu were just as important to us. It was painful watching him head to Everton, though!

As for our incoming business, the signing of Sessegnon has excited everyone. Sunderland fans I spoke to appear to think Paolo Di Canio will come to regret letting him go. I think Anichebe has his best years ahead of him, while Scott Sinclair has added some much needed pace. Nicolas Anelka was a bit of a luxury signing, and we have whizz kid Saido Berahino coming through.

Like Fulham, I think we'll be just fine this season. Just need to get going!

CC: In a surprising move, it seemed that Shane Long was going to be let go on deadline day. Only some other deals falling through kept him from going to Hull. He seemed like an important player in the attack, do you expect his near transfer to have any effect on the club.

JC: I didn't know how to feel when I heard Shane Long might be leaving. On the day that Peter Odemwingie left, I was worried about our lack of depth in attack. Saying that, while Shane is a fan favourite and great worker, the worry is he never scores enough goals. Ultimately I'm glad he's stayed put, but I don't think you'll see an Odemwingie-esque fiasco with him! Steve Clarke has made it clear he's still very much part of his plans, so there shouldn't be too much of a rift between club and player.

CC: Last year in both fixtures against Fulham, everything that could go wrong for West Brom seemed to go wrong. Are you much more confident going into this fixture?

JC: Then match at Craven Cottage was over the minute Odemwingie was sent off. We started the season so well last year, but as per usual, we were well beaten at the Cottage. The reverse fixture on New Year's Day was one of the most frustrating I can remember. We were awful first half, absolutely battered you for about the first 20 minutes of the second half (equalising) but then got hit by a sucker punch late on. Hopefully it's a different story this time round!

Key players, projected lineup, and score prediction

JC: James Morrison is extremely doubtful; he'll be a huge loss. He links up the midfield and attack, but I guess it gives Sessegnon an opportunity. One player who an Everton fan I know said he wanted to replace Fellaini with was Mulumbu. He's normally a class act, but then I would say that- he's my favourite player!

Line up is a toughie. I'll go for: Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu, Sinclair, Sessegnon, Anelka, Anichebe. Subs? Camp, Popov, Lugano, Dorrans, Brunt, Long, Amalfitano.

(Zoltan Gera should make his comeback against Arsenal in the League Cup in two weeks, if that's of any interest to you, mate. He's an absolute legend at the Hawthorns. I expect him to retire at the end of the season, he's been so unlucky with injuries.)

Prediction? I can't see us winning, a goal would be great- we're the only team in the 92 that hasn't managed one yet! Would certainly take 1-1, might get edged out, though. We know what you Lilywhites are like down the Cottage!