CSKA Sofia v Fulham Preview!
Our Europa League campaign kicks off with a vengeance in Bulgaria tomorrow evening.
The first opposition in our group are the Bulgarian side, CSKA Sofia. It looks like being a hard nights work against a side that didn`t have to go through the pain of numerous qualifying matches, instead they simply swept aside a strong Dynamo Moscow side.
Considering our poor away form, in general, the task facing us looks too be erring towards the monumental with regards to getting a great result. But, you just never know with Fulham, you just never know which side will turn up.
If we can produce the same tempo game we displayed against Everton, on Sunday, then we may eve surprise ourselves although that will depend upon how seriously Roy Hodgson is prepared to take the competition.
Here at Vital Fulham we`d like to think, that after qualifying, Roy will field the strongest side possible in the Vasil Levski Stadium that will be used for the match. Quite why we`re not playing at CSKA Sofia`s normal home, the Bulgarian Army Stadium, remains one of the unanswered questions at the moment.
If Roy does decide to field his strongest side, he`ll be hoping that Mark Schwarzer will have overcome the neck injury he suffered whilst on international duty, a neck injury that caused him to miss the Everton fixture.
Elsewhere, we believe Roy has no other concerns and if the strongest available side is his choice, we`ll go for the following starting eleven:
Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Dempsey, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Zamora and Johnson
Don`t forget that the match, if you are not treking to Sofia, is live on the old goggle box tomorrow early in the evening, 17:30 if you can dash home from work!