Fulham took a while to get going this season but you would be a brave man to bet against Slavisa Jokanovic’s free-flowing, thrilling side finishing outside the top three right now.
The Cottagers were the Championship’s most exciting side last season and, since the turn of the year, they have rediscovered that electric attacking form.
No team in the second tier has picked up as many points as Fulham’s 14 in the last six games, which include victories over play-off rivals Derby County and Aston Villa as well as a deserved 2-0 win against league leaders Wolves.
Having seen Fulham up close and personal, Villa supporters appear to be worried about one team heading into the business end of the season.
Steve Bruce’s side are in good nick themselves right now and have won three of their last five games, but the manner in which they were swept aside at Craven Cottage appears to have supporters nervously looking over their shoulder at the team just a point behind them in fourth as things stand.
Fulham boast the best young talent in English football right now in Ryan Sessegnon while Tom Cairney, Stefan Johansen and the red-hot Aleksandar Mitrovic are capable of changing a game in an instant.
So Villa fans are more desperate than ever to tie up that second automatic promotion spot, because Fulham in the play-offs is something they would rather avoid.
Fulham are the form side at the moment and are closing in at the top end of the league - plenty of twists and turns though IMO before May with a lot of the teams up towards the top playing each other - #avfc— HomeOfTheVilla (@TheVillaHome) March 4, 2018
I tell you what, I wouldn't fancy Fulham in the playoffs.... #avfc— Villa Views (@VillaViews_) March 3, 2018
Fulham are a very real threat to both us & Cardiff. Bang on form. #avfc— Gumbo (@Gumbo22003) March 3, 2018
Don’t worry Fulham will be 2nd! Villa’s hope is to qualify after playoffs! Too late to be 2nd!— Tom Nomuk Lobom (@Tomnomuk) March 3, 2018
They’ll finish 2nd— AP (@AP_VILLAN) March 3, 2018
they've got momentum now, thats key this time of year!— Jay Ferguson (@FergieAVbhoy) March 3, 2018
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