Last season: 8th
FA Cup: Fifth round
Carling Cup: Third round
Opening three fixtures: Aston Villa (h), Wolves (a), Newcastle (a)
Title odds: 750/1
Sorry Fulham fans, but not a chance you’ll be seeing your side lifting the trophy come May. With a new manager at the helm, a season of transition is more likely than Fulham taking on the powerhouses of English football and coming out on top.
Finishing in the top four odds: 66/1
Odds for relegation: 10/1
With an experienced manager and a good squad of players with plenty of Premier League know-how, Fulham should be safe from the dreaded drop. With odds of 10/1, though, the Cottagers will be feeling a little nervous of being sucked into that dogfight at the bottom of the table. While they should have the quality to be aiming for higher goals, if Fulham do get dragged into the scrap for survival, they will aim to draw on their great escape from 2007/08.
FA Cup winners: 25/1
Martin Jol will be hoping that the early start to the season to qualify for the Europa League will not be a burden on his new side as the season wears on.
The Dutchman always builds an attacking, entertaining side and having inherited a strong squad from Mark Hughes, he will be confident that he can oversee another successful season for the Craven Cottage outfit.
Jol has added a mixture of experience and young talent over the summer and the signing of John Arne Riise could be a shrewd investment.
While finishing in the promised land of the top four is a distant dream, gate crashing the top six could well be a possibility should Jol get his Fulham side firing.
It is always a tricky away day for any team at the Cottage and if Fulham can continue their improved away mentality that Hughes installed, they could just sneak into that top six as the bigger sides around them take points off each other in their battle for the top four.
If you are looking for an outside bet for a cup competition this year, consider Fulham. Having tasted recent success in reaching the Europa League final in 2010, the Londoners know they have the talent to go the distance in knock-out football.
If this group of talented players can pull together and believe in their new manager you could well see Danny Murphy lifting a trophy at the end of the season.
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