Fulham’s ticket prices: There has been much dissatisfaction among fans on this particular subject during the summer months. If you don’t have a season card, the cheapest adult ticket for today’s game is £65 (rising to £100!), while the most affordable child ticket is £35.
On BT Sport, Lynsey Hipgrave reveals that neither Tony Khan, the club’s vice-chairman, nor CEO Alistair McIntosh were prepared to speak to the network about these extortionate prices during the week.
In the spirit of whataboutery while on the subject of gouging football fans, might I suggest that BT Sport should look at their subscription fees and perhaps get their own house in order before pointing the finger at others.
Fulham: Rodak, Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson, Reed, Joao Palhinha, Reid, Andreas Pereira, Kebano, Mitrovic.
Subs: Solomon, Leno, Duffy, Mbabu, Cairney, Rodrigo Muniz, Francois, Harris, Stansfield.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Diaz.
Subs: Gomez, Milner, Adrian, Elliott, Nunez, Carvalho, van den Berg, Bajcetic, Chambers.
Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire)
In the absence of Harry Wilson, Neeskens Kebano starts for Fulham. Recently arrived from Arsenal, goalkeeper Bernd Leno is among the substitutes, with Marek Rodak starting between the sticks. Joao Palhina starts in midfield following his arrival from Sporting and his fellow newbie Andreas Perreira is also in the side. Their fellow summer recruits Shane Duffy, Kevin Mbabu and Manor Solomon are all on the bench.
Alisson is back for Liverpool but otherwise it’s as you were from the Community Shield last Saturday.Bobby Firmino will lead the Liverpool line, while new boy Darwin Nunez has to settle for a place on the bench.
- Referee: Andy Madley
- Assistants: Dan Cook and Derek Eaton
- Fourth Official: Tony Harrington
- VAR: Stuart Attwell
Fulham have been dealt an early season hammer-blow with the news that Harry Wilson could be out for at least two months with a knee injury the Wales international suffered in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Wolves. Joe Bryan has a broken hand and looks likely to miss out, while Nathan Chalobah is also sidelined.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is expected to return from injury to face Fulham but his Irish understudy Caoimhin Kelleher is out with a groin injury and is, according to his manager Jurgen Klopp, still “a few weeks away”.
Diogo Jota missed the entirety of Liverpool’s pre-season with a hamstring injury he picked up on international duty earlier in the summer, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ibrahim Konate, Kostas Tsimikas and Curtis Jones have all been ruled out for today’s game. Naby Keita has been ill but could feature.
With one game down and just 379 to go, the new Premier League season continues with Fulham welcoming Liverpool to Craven Cottage. It’s a daunting prospect for west London side, whose manager Marco Silva bemoaned the lack of new faces in his squad earlier this week. Since bolstered by the arrival of central defender Shane Duffy on loan from Brighton, Fulham hope to shake off their reputation as a yo-yo club by avoiding an immediate return to the Championship.
By contrast, their visitors looked to be firing on most – if not all – cylinders in the Community Shield last weekend and will be hoping to go one better than last season by winning the league. In a quite frank chat with the press, Silva admitted his squad is not ready to start the season but a lengthy Liverpool injury list may give him some hope of taking something from this game. Kick-off at Craven Cottage is at 12.30pm but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.