NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22:  Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Fulham reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Fulham FC at St. James Park on December 22, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Picking the Best Potential Fulham Lineup to Face Wolves in the Premier League on Boxing Day

Whilst many people's Boxing Day will consist of sitting around, watching television and eating any snacks that survived Christmas Day, Fulham's Boxing Day will be dominated by a home fixture against Wolves.


The Cottagers remain bottom of the Premier League table and are currently four points adrift of safety. However, their recent 0-0 draw away to Newcastle was an encouraging sign as they showed greater resolve in defence.


Claudio Ranieri will be hoping that his side can build on this and go one step further with a victory against Wolves.


Here's how the Tinkerman might set his side up against the Wanderers.

3. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Sergio Rico (GK) - It's somewhat of a surprise that the Spanish goalkeeper hasn't suffered a back injury having picked the ball out of his net 42 times in the Premier League this season. However, Rico hasn't been at fault for many of these and will retain his place following his clean sheet against Newcastle.


Cyrus Christie (RWB) - The Republic of Ireland international, with his pace and power, has the potential to be a very effective right wing-back. However, Christie must work on his end-product if he is fulfil this potential.


Denis Odoi (CB) - Odoi has been poor in the Premier League this season and is a constant liability in Fulham's defence with his haphazard distribution and defensive blunders. However, he seems to have retained the faith of Ranieri.


Alfie Mawson (CB) - Despite their shocking defensive record, Mawson has proved a good signing for Fulham. He is the Cottagers best defender by a distance and has shown confidence with the ball at his feet.


Tim Ream (CB) - The American centre-back has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League and has looked shaky thus far. Alarm bells ring every time Ream gets on the ball and he has become prone to defensive lapses.


Joe Bryan (LWB) - Since the appointment of Ranieri and the injury suffered by Ryan Sessegnon, Bryan has found himself in favour. The English full back has started the last three games for Fulham and will be looking to impress in a bid to retain his spot in the team.

2. Midfielders

Jean Michael Seri (CM) - Since signing from Nice in the summer, Seri has looked a class above his teammates at Fulham. The Ivorian's calmness on the ball is at odds with the likes of Callum Chambers and Denis Odoi. If the Cottagers are to stay up this season, Seri will play a key role.


Callum Chambers (CM) - The on-loan Arsenal defender has been converted into a midfielder by Ranieri. The experiment has thus far had mixed success, with Chambers often lacking the necessary ability to control the midfield. This may be an area that Fulham will look to address in the January transfer window.

1. Forwards

Tom Cairney (RW) - Fulham's captain has shown glimpses of his quality so far this season. Whilst he seems confident on the ball, possessing the ability to manoeuvre out of tight spaces, he needs to start contributing more in the final third. The Scot has only mustered up one assist in 13 Premier League appearances.


Aleksandar Mitrovic (ST) - Mitrovic started the season like a man possessed, scoring five goals in his first six Premier League appearances. However, the Serbian has recently cut a frustrated figure having been starved of service. He will be hoping to be back amongst the goals against Wolves.


Andre Schürrle (LW) - There was a lot of excitement amongst Fulham fans when they signed Schürrle from Borussia Dortmund. However, the German has so far been a touch disappointing. Whilst he has scored five Premier League goals, his performances have been too inconsistent and he will need to improve in this aspect.