FULHAM – NEWCASTLE 05.08.2016
England’s Championship is beginning once again and we will have the privilege to enjoy a great game for the start of the new season. Fulham welcomes Newcastle at the Craven Cottage in a clash between two of the teams which will aim to return to the Premier League next season.
The Cottagers are being led by the serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic, who already has the experience of promoting a team to the Premier League. Chelsea’s ex-midfielder already did this with Watford, so now he will try to do it again with Fulham.
The Londoners made some new signings during the summer. Their most expensive purchase is the goalkeeper David Button, who was bought from Brentford for the sum of 1.90 million pounds. Fulham also signed Floyd Ayite from SC Bastia, Kevin McDonald from Wolves, Michael Madl from Sturm Graz and Denis Odoi from KSC Lokeren. The Cottagers will be led once again by their captain Scott Parker, who remained in the team for this season as well.
Everything else, but a quick return to the Premier League would be a huge dissapointment to Newcastle. The high-profile spanish manager Rafael Benitez chose to continue his work at the club, so right now he’s arguably the most decorated manager in the Championship.
During the summer Newcastle made two expensive purchases, paying a total amount of 20 milion pounds for two players – the right midfielder Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth and the striker Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace. Grant Hanley and Matz Sels were also signed from Blackburn and KAA Gent respectivelly. In same time the club was left by four of its star players – Georginio Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend, Remy Cabella and Papiss Demba Cisse,
This will be one of the derby clashes of the english Championship this season and we expect with a huge interest the tactical battle between Slavisa Jokanovic and Rafael Benitez.