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Here we go again! I'm quietly confident, think we will surprise a lot of people with a win here but don't shout about it!

I would play, as long as there are no more signings/departures:

GK Given

RB Young ©

CB Dunne

CB Collins

LB Warnock

DM Makoun

RM Albrighton

LM N'Zogbia

AM Ireland

CF Bent

CF Agbonlahor

Subs: Guzan, Clark, Petrov, Delph, Bannan, Delfouneso, Heskey

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From the Braga thread:

Think we should use the system from 07/08 season where we only had one winger. I just don't think Zog is a left winger, more of a right winger to me.

-------------Given---------------

Young--Collins--Clark--Warnock

------Makoun---Ireland---Delph

-Zog

-----------Bent----Gabby------

Ireland in the free role, Gabby use the left channel a lot allowing Delph to tuck in to make it a midfield three and letting Warnock hammer it on the overlap. Obviously the right side will be a lot more rigid as Young won't come forward as much. Basically just let Zog cut in, do whatever he wants with hopefully Ireland getting involved and forward more.

Or this:

---------------Given---------------

Young---Collins---Clark---Warnock

-------Makoun----Ireland---Bannan

-Zog

-----------Bent----Gabby------

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I expect Heskey to start after having good pre-season, and the hint has been that Zog will be used as sub due to not being fully fit. So my prediction is we'll see a lineup along the lines of:

Given

Young-Collins-Dunne-Warnock

Petrov-Makoun

Gabby-Ireland-Heskey

Bent

Subs: Guzan, Clark, Beye, Bannan, Delph, Albrighton, N'Zogbia

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Fulham have already played a number of competative games so a point would be a good result imo.

Yes this is a worry for me as well. Teams that start their season early usually get off to a flyer before dying just after christmas.

I think we will lose 2-0 here but I'm going to this one so am hoping for something better, will be happy with a draw.

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Fulham have already played a number of competative games so a point would be a good result imo.

Yes this is a worry for me as well. Teams that start their season early usually get off to a flyer before dying just after christmas.

I think we will lose 2-0 here but I'm going to this one so am hoping for something better, will be happy with a draw.

And me, I see a very hard game here. Fulham have been no pushover the last few years, and with the extra fitness they have I will be very happy if we come away with a point from this game.

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1-1

This is going to be a long, frustrating season for us with draw after draw. I reckon. We'll score goals, but we'll concede as well, even though Given may stop a lot of the sloppy goals we let in last season.

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Depends how Firecrotch sets the tactics.

If we are going to play the long ball game.. theres no point playing 5 in the midfield.. i would start Nzogbia Bent and Heskey/Gabby upfront.

If we are going to play a passing game.. then 5 in the midfield with just Bent upfront

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Looking at this game with a lot of trepidation. We're not ready, our pre-season form has been abismal, we haven't yet purchased the midfielder we need and we're up against a team playing well with a better manager than we have. Unless we bring in at least two players before Saturday CM and another winger then we will lose. Start of the relegation battle!

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Opening day defeat for us this. They are a bit ahead of us in terms of pre season and match fitness.

That's one of the most optimistic pre-match predicitions I have seen from you. You expect a loss, but that is par for the course, but give a reason which suggests under normal conditions we might not lose this game? :winkold:

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For me, I would love to see:

------------------------ Given ------------------------

Young ---------- Dunne --- Clark -------- Warnock

------------------------ Delph ------------------------

----------------- Makoun -- Bannan -----------------

-------- Ireland ------------------------ Zog --------

------------------------- Bent -------------------------

A solid three sitters in CM should allow the FBs to push forward and create the width with SI and the Zog slightly narrower.

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