We continue our look at the Potters 2019/10 opposition, this time focusing on recently relegated Fulham...
Full name: Fulham Football Club
Nickname: The Cottagers
Founded: 1879 (140 years ago)
2018/19 finish: Premier League 19th
Manager: Following on from a difficult season in the Premier League, Scott Parker is looking to spearhead Fulham back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. The former midfielder will fully understand the task at hand with expectation high following an influx of signings during the club’s single season stay in the top-flight, but spirits are high in west London following an improved end to the previous campaign with three successive wins in the club’s run-in.
Star man: With plenty of clubs circling the skies above Craven Cottage following last season’s relegation, Aleksandor Mitrovic is a man in demand. With 11 goals to his name and his impressive tally from Fulham’s last spell in the Championship, the Serbian international will be a terrifying prospect for any second tier defence to come up against.
2019/20 Promotion odds: 11/4 (latest odds at the time of writing courtesy of bet365)
Distance from the bet365 Stadium: 166 miles (3 hours)
Nearest train station: Putney Station is the nearest railway station to Craven Cottage located at 1.2 miles from the stadium. Putney Station is accessible from London Euston. The nearest London underground station is Putney Bridge, which is just 0.7 miles from the home of the Cottagers.
Head to head: The two sides have locked horns 77 times in total. The Potters have emerged victorious 30 times, with Fulham having won two more at 32. The remaining 15 encounters have all ended with a share of the points.
Historic meeting: Stoke City 3-2 Fulham (5 January, 2010): On a bitterly cold evening in ST4, it was Fulham who were sent home with the shivers following a scintillating first half showing from City. Tuncay opened the scoring before a quick fire double from Abdoulaye Faye and Mamady Sidibe was enough for the points. Second half strikes from Damien Duff and Clint Dempsey reduced the deficit to just a single goal, but the Potters held on for the points.
Did you know: Fulham competed in the first Europa League final following the competition’s relaunch from the UEFA Cup. Defeating the likes of Juventus and Wolfsburg on the way to the showpiece, the final step proved too much for Roy Hodgson’s side as they suffered a 2-1 defeat after extra-time.