Saturday morning Tim Ream’s Fulham FC Opener will feature Norwich City visiting Craven Cottage. Thanks to a new TV contract the Championship will now be seen primarily on ESPN3 along with streaming site BAM/Tech (owned by Disney, MLB and the NHL). The immediate dividend is the opportunity to see the Whites take on Norwich City that wasn’t part of beIN Sports broadcast plans (the former rights owners).
The Guardian offers a preview of the Championship League and here are the key items re Fulham FC who are considered a contender after finishing in the Top 6, losing to Reading in the promotion playoffs last May.
As for Fulham, their best business was retaining their dancing playmaker and captain, Tom Cairney, and the teenager Ryan Sessegnon. They have again leaned on the loan market and the striker Aboubakar Kamara, a summer arrival from Amiens, looks an exciting permanent addition. The club has the tools to go one better but must keep their manager, Slavisa Jokanovic, who has made worrying noises over the transfer policy, saying his list of summer targets has been ignored.
And on their opponent Norwich City
Norwich City have appointed Daniel Farke in the hope the German can rejuvenate a side that had become stale under Alex Neil. There has been an unsurprising German influx with Marcel Franke and Christoph Zimmermann, Farke’s captain at Borussia Dortmund II, signed to shore up a leaky defence.