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Fulham will play their final friendly of the summer on Sunday afternoon, with Villarreal making the trip to Craven Cottage, less than one week before the team’s 2022-23 Premier League opener against Liverpool.
Silva’s side have played three pre-season fixtures, starting their preparations for the new season with a 2-0 victory over Nice on July 16 before suffering a 5-1 loss to Benfica one day later.
Fulham will enter this match off the back of a positive result, though, having run out 3-1 winners over Estoril on July 24, with Aleksandar Mitrovic (two) and new signing Joao Palhinha on the scoresheet in Portugal.
The Cottagers won last season’s Championship title to secure a return to the Premier League, and the team are bidding to make it back-to-back seasons in England’s top flight for the first time since 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Silva’s team have been relatively active during the summer transfer window, bringing in Palhinha, Andreas Pereira and Kevin Mbabu on permanent deals, while Manor Solomon has arrived on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk, but the club have lost highly-rated teenager Fabio Carvalho to Liverpool.
Fulham could hand a debut to Mbabu following his recent arrival from Wolfsburg, while fellow new signings Palhinha, Pereira and Solomon are also in line to feature.
Palhinha and Pereira started in central midfield alongside Harrison Reed against Estoril last time out and that could again be the case in this match, with Harry Wilson and Tim Ream also set to be among the starters.
Mitrovic scored twice in the 3-1 success over Estoril, and the 27-year-old, who found the back of the net on 43 occasions in the Championship last season, will be looking to continue his good form ahead of the new campaign.
As for Villarreal, it is difficult to predict their starting XI considering that they will be in action against Southampton on Saturday.
Emery could decide to use two different squads or use the same group of players but limit their minutes.
The match is likely to come too soon for new signing Femenia, but Reina and Morales could both be involved for the Yellow Submarine alongside the likes of Gerard Moreno, Samuel Chukwueze and Dani Parejo.
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However, there will be no Manu Trigueros for the visitors, with the Spaniard suffering a fractured toe during the recent friendly encounter with Dortmund.
Fulham possible starting lineup:
Gazzaniga; Mbabu, Ream, Adarabioyo, Bryan; Pereira, Palhinha, Reed; H Wilson, Mitrovic, Reid
Villarreal possible starting lineup:
Rulli; Foyth, Torres, Albiol, Estupinan; Coquelin, Parejo, Capoue, Chukwueze; Dia, G Moreno