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Ranieri set to take on some familiar faces

14 Nov 2018
Claudio Ranieri and Kasper Schmeichel

After Southampton match, new Fulham manager to face previous two PL teams he has managed

Claudio Ranieri will be facing familiar opponents soon after his appointment as the new manager of Fulham.

His first match is at home to Southampton, against whom a victory would pull Fulham level with their opponents on eight points.

Ranieri's next two opponents are teams he has managed in the Premier League.

Fulham's next eight matches
Date Opp Date Opp
24 Nov SOU (H) 15 Dec WHU (H)
02 Dec CHE (A) 22 Dec NEW (A)
05 Dec LEI (H) 26 Dec WOL (H)
08 Dec MUN (A) 29 Dec HUD (H)

Fulham make their shortest away trip of the season on 2 December to Stamford Bridge, where Ranieri was manager of Chelsea for three years, leading them into the UEFA Champions League in his final season, 2003/04.

Then, three days later, Fulham welcome Ranieri's most recent club and the one where he achieved his greatest success, Leicester City.

Bottom 10 ahead of MW13

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
11 WAT 38 -7 50
12 CRY 38 -2 49
13 NEW 38 -6 45
14 BOU 38 -14 45
15 BUR 38 -23 40
16 SOU 38 -20 39
17 BHA 38 -25 36
18 CAR 38 -35 34
19 FUL 38 -47 26
20 HUD 38 -54 16

The season after Leicester had escaped relegation with a late-season surge Ranieri came in and led the Foxes to an improbable title success in 2015/16.

Ranieri was at King Power Stadium last weekend for the tributes to the late Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the four others who died in the recent helicopter crash. 

After the Leicester match, Fulham face a tough trip to Manchester United but their four matches thereafter are all against teams in the bottom half of the table.

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