Fulham v Cardiff City

19 Aug

Ryan Sessegnon

Ryan Sessegnon made his league debut for Fulham against Leeds on Tuesday at the age of 16 years and 88 days

BBC coverage

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BBC local radio; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Teenage defender Ryan Sessegnon is set to continue at left-back as Fulham look to continue their unbeaten start to the new season when they host Cardiff.

Midfielder Jozabed could make his full debut but defender Ryan Fredericks remains out with an injured ankle.

Cardiff defender Jazz Richards should return to play against his former club after overcoming knocks to his calf and shin in training.

Lee Peltier, also with an ankle injury, will be assessed ahead of the trip.


BBC Radio London’s Andy Rowley: “Fulham really impressed me in their 1-1 draw against Leeds at Elland Road on Tuesday.

“They were well organised despite having seven summer signings in the team, along with a 16-year-old league debutant in the prodigiously talented Ryan Sessegnon.

“They have an incisive style of play, moved the ball sharply and created a number of chances that on another day would have been enough for three points.

“Manager Slavisa Jokanovic needs to replace the 40 goals they lost through the sales of Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele. They are a little short of height and physicality but on early evidence they look a good side, and the recruitment has been excellent.”

Match facts

  • The last seven league meetings between these sides at Craven Cottage have seen both sides on the scoresheet and 30 goals scored (12 for Fulham, 18 for Cardiff).
  • Cardiff have scored in each of their last 14 league games against the Whites, last failing to do so in March 1989.
  • Fulham last went the opening four games of a league season without defeat in 2010-11 (W1 D3 that season).
  • Cardiff are winless in seven away from home in all competitions (D3 L4) and haven’t scored in any of their last three.
  • Ryan Sessegnon made his Championship debut for Fulham in midweek against Leeds, aged just 16 years and 88 days.
  • Both of Cardiff’s league goals so far this season have been own-goals from Blackburn’s Shane Duffy – the last Cardiff player to score for the Bluebirds was Anthony Pilkington in May 2016 against Birmingham.


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