Cottagers can make winning start

Slavisa Jokanovic

Fulham are back in the big time and have the perfect chance to make a winning start when Crystal Palace cross the river.

Fulham to win @ 31/20

The Cottagers came up through the play-offs and will be hopeful of maintaining the momentum they built in the Championship.

Palace had a shocking start to last term and in a quirk of fate, lost to Wembley winners Huddersfield on the opening weekend 12 months ago.

Slavisa Jokanovic looks to have added well, while for all their quality in attacking areas, the Eagles are often slow starters and look a side who may need time to find their groove.

Look out for Fulham to go out on the attack and claim an opening win against a familiar face in Roy Hodgson.

Derby v Leeds Over 3.5 goals @ 9/4

Derby and Leeds meet in the late game in the Championship and goals seem guaranteed.

The Rams netted late to win 2-1 at Reading and give Frank Lampard a winning start in management, while the Whites were exceptional in their 3-1 win over Stoke.

Attacking football is the name of the game for Marcelo Bielsa and an open and attacking affair is my pick at Pride Park.

Genoa to win to zero @ 1/1

If any team is ever good for a clean sheet it is Genoa at home and they will expect a shutout against Lecce in the Coppa Italia.

In their first competitive game of the season, I Rossoblu are likely to dominate but Davide Ballardini’s pragmatism always means they are tough to break to down so look for the clean sheet.

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