Fulham began their season with a 3-0 win over NSI Runavik at Craven Cottage in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.

Of the three scorers in that first leg, only Damien Duff remains at the club. There was an early sign of Martin Jol’s intentions as the new manager when former Liverpool youngster Lauri Dalla Valle stepped off the bench to make his debut for the club.

I wonder whether the extra six weeks rest will help Fulham to come strongly out of the starting blocks against Norwich City at the Cottage on August 11.