Having made a poor start to life back in the Premier League on Saturday, Fulham face a tough test as they visit Ipswich at Portman Road in second round of Carabao Cup.
This will be a tough early test for Fulham as they look to bounce back from Saturday’s Premier League mauling by Arsenal whereas League One’s Ipswich are looking to continue their unbeaten start to this season.
Ipswich will be without Kane Vincent-Young as he remains absent with an Achilles injury.
Luke Woolfenden (groin), Aaron Drinan (thigh) and Jack Lankester (concussion) are doubts whilst Kayden Jackson (groin) and Cole Skuse (knee) are definitely absent.
Fulham have no fresh injury concerns although Jean Michael Seri is their only doubt with a lack of match fitness.
Cottagers’ manager, Scott Parker however is expected to hand several summer signings their Fulham debuts with Mario Lemina and Ola Aina amongst those expected to start.
- Ipswich are unbeaten in four previous League Cup meetings against Fulham, with both wins coming here at Portman Road (W2, D2).
- Fulham are unbeaten in their last three trips to Portman Road (W2, D1), winning their last two such visits by 2-0 results.
- Ipswich are currently on their worst-ever consecutive losing streak against Fulham across all competitions, having lost each of their last four meetings although those four clashes all came in the Championship.
Ipswich come into this match after claiming a confident win over Wigan on Sunday although their defending during an early set piece was just as bad as Fulham’s overall defensive display against Arsenal over 90 minutes on Saturday.
Both teams however were impressive when on the attack with great energy when in possession, particularly Fulham who made an electric start in their game but lacked that clinical finishing edge when they needed it most for physiological purposes against a team like Arsenal.
I therefore am expecting a good match because defending is going to be crucial in the outcome of this match, especially given Ipswich’s League Cup record over the Cottagers, despite faring poorly in recent league meetings, although I am going for a Fulham win if their new signings can provide immediate impact.
Prediction: Ipswich Town 1-2 Fulham
Result: Ipswich Town 0-1 Fulham