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View From The Opposition – Cardiff City, Fulham

In the third of our series of articles from our Premier League panel of fan groups, we turn our attentions to two of the three newly promoted sides, Cardiff City and Fulham.

 


Cardiff City @VFTNinian

Q. What are the fan expectations?

While the majority of us are genuinely just excited to be unexpectedly back in the Premier League, I think there is a quiet confidence in Cardiff. Nobody expected us to be promoted last year and nobody expects us to stay up this season. We have complete faith in Neil Warnock, though, and I think the business done this summer has been genuinely positive. We have not broken the bank like Wolves or Fulham, but instead have spent within our means and look to be investing in our infrastructure, which is great to see.

Q. Which position does your team desperately need to improve?

I think the centre of midfield is a pressing issue for us. We are two down on our numbers there last year (Marko Grujic and Craig Bryson have both seen their loans end) so it is really important we get some quality in there. Warnock is keen to get Grujic back on loan, but the deal keeps stalling. Hopefully we can get that one over the line, but I’d still like an extra player in there.

Q. Name a player from your club that will shine?

I am really excited to see what Bobby Reid can do in the Premier League. We snapped him up off our rivals Bristol City (the second season in a row we’ve bought their best player, much to their fans’ annoyance) after an impressive goal return last year. Warnock has played him just behind a main striker so far in pre-season and he offers a genuine alternative to Kenneth Zohore, who is strong and leads the line well for us. If he can start the season well, I can see him grabbing 10-15 goals and being a really important player for us.

Q. Where will your team finish in the league and how will they do in the cups?

It will be a scrap, I think every Cardiff fan is aware of that, but I think we will have enough to stay up. Almost everyone else is writing us off – I have seen the majority of people put us in 20th when predicting the league – but we are used to that. We;re Cardiff, nobody likes us and we thrive under those circumstances. 17th will do.

Q. Predict the title winners, teams relegated and domestic cup winner?

I think the title will be fought out between Manchester City and Liverpool, but the Citizens will just have the edge and will retain the title. Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Watford will go down. FA Cup will be won by Chelsea and the League Cup will be won by Liverpool.

Q. Your thoughts on Palace and how we will do this season?

It all rests on whether Wilfried Zaha stays. I hope for your sake he does. He is a superb player who is just right at home at Palace. Hopefully he realises his mistake in leaving last time and sticks around. We did not see the best of him in his loan spell at Cardiff, but he is so crucial to how you play. The loss of Rueben Loftus-Cheek will be tough too. If I was a Palace fan, I’d be worried about the lack of transfer activity, but I think that Roy Hodgson is a steady manager and you will have a much smoother run this season than you did last! You’ll flirt with the relegation zone but achieve a mid-table finish come May.

 


Fulham @Fulham_Focus

Q. What are the fan expectations?

Fan expectations are realistically to stay up and push as close to the top ten as possible, although with the recent business we have done in the transfer market and the players we are continuously being linked with, hope and expectations are continuously growing.

Q. Which position does your team desperately need to improve?

Currently we desperately need to improve in the left back and centre back positions, but left back especially, as this is key to pushing on Ryan Sessegnon and keeping him wide on the left. Whilst strength in depth is needed massively in the centre of defence.

Q. Name a player from your club that will shine?

It would be so easy to choose Sessegnon, because quite simply, he will shine with his clever off the ball movement and insane understanding of the game at a young age, but anyone could pick Ryan. So, whilst giving him an honourable mention I would like to pick Aleksandar Mitrovic who will be key to what we do going forward this season. The Serbian is so integral to us, he is the perfect fit for our system up top.

Q. Where will your team finish in the league and how will they do in the cups?

Being the optimist I am, I am going to say we will finish tenth. I think we are going to surprise many teams with our style of play and be an attractive outfit, with the players we are bringing in throughout the window the sky is the limit!

Q. Predict the title winners, teams relegated and domestic cup winner?

It is ridiculously difficult to see past Manchester City for the title, so for me they are claiming top spot again this season (although Liverpool could mount a big challenge). I think Cardiff will finish bottom with Bournemouth and Huddersfield joining them in the drop.

Q. Your thoughts on Palace and how we will do this season?

I think Palace will be a very hard team to beat this season, it seems keeping Wilfried Zaha and selling him could be the difference of about four or five league positions to you althoughI have not been overly impressed with your transfer activity this summer. Roy Hodgson is a massive fans favourite at Fulham for obvious reasons and I rate him highly, I cannot wait to see him back at the Cottage for our return to the Premier League. With all this in mind I predict that Palace will finish thirteenth.

 

OUR THANKS TO SCOTT AND LUKE FOR JOINING OUR PREMIER LEAGUE PANEL FOR THE NEW SEASON. WE WILL REVISIT THEIR VIEWS LATER IN THE SEASON.

 

 

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Jay Crame

Jay Crame

Jay is the founder of TEB and site editor. An avid Palace fan since the late eighties with a passion for music and far too many other sports. Presenter and producer of The Meridian Sports Show on Meridian FM.

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