Fulham fans may not have to wait long to see their team return to the Premier League, as they have made an excellent start to their 2021/22 Championship campaign. Based on the evidence of what we have seen so far this season, the Cottagers are the strongest team in the league.
When Scott Parker opted to leave the club last summer to join Bournemouth, some Fulham fans were concerned that the West London club were going to struggle to replace their passionate manager. However, Marco Silva has come in and done an excellent job.
Fulham are now 4/9 in the Championship betting odds and they are the team to beat. Whoever finishes above Silva’s side this season look set to earn themselves promotion into the lucrative land of the Premier League.
In the opening 22 games of the Championship season, Fulham suffered just three defeats. They are likely to be popular Championship tips for the rest of the campaign, as their form continues to be rock solid, home and away.
Free-Flowing Fulham Scoring Goals for Fun
Goals have been easy to come by for the Cottagers this season. They have found the back of the net 51 times in their first 22 matches. The next nearest clubs in the leading goals charts were Blackburn and Bournemouth, both of which scored 37 Championship goals in the same period.
Aleksandar Mitrovic averaged over a goal a game in that period as he sat top of the standings with 22 goals in 21 appearances. He is on course for a huge total at the end of the campaign. The Serbian has been unstoppable and if he carries on like this, he will clean up when it comes to the Championship individual awards at the end of the season.
Mitrovic is a player who has a wealth of experience at the highest level in the sport, so it is no surprise he is finding life easy in the second tier in England. Rather than switching clubs last summer, where bids were rejected, he remained committed to Fulham. He is doing everything he can this season to help them get promoted.
Strongest Sqaud In Championship
Fulham have arguably not just the strongest starting XI in the Championship, but also lots of options in their squad in all areas of the pitch. This is going to prove useful during the congested parts of the fixture list as being able to keep key players fresh is pivotal.
Injuries tend to hit teams when games come thick and fast, but Silva should be able to handle it. He also has the luxury of rotating his players to limit the chances of injuries to key players.
Fulham’s bench is full of international players who are more than good enough to step in when asked to do so by their manager. If Silva feels he needs to do so, he could even add 1-2 players in the January transfer window.
Expect to see Fulham extend their lead at the top of the Championship in the second half of the season. The earlier they secure promotion, the earlier they can start planning for life back in the Premier League.