By Nick Teale
For Arsenal and 18 other Premier League sides, the 2009/10 season finishes on Sunday. But Fulham still have the Europa League Final to play on Wednesday night.
The game has been described as the biggest in the Cottagers' history, so that was the topic which dominated when we spoke to Paul Warburton of the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle ahead of Sunday's London derby.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
"I think Fulham were hopeful that the Arsenal game would be moved to allow them some breathing space before the biggest game in their history on Wednesday night. But they are a pragmatic bunch at Craven Cottage, they tend to take both success and failure in much the same stride so I don't think it will affect them unduly."
EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL FEVER
"The whole season depends on the game against Atletico and it would be naïve not to think anything else. When they were beaten by Stoke on Wednesday night it was a pretty decent Fulham team on the field, so for them to be beaten by Stoke was something of a surprise, even given all the excitement around the game against Atletico. But that gives you some indication as to where their priorities lie."
"Roy Hodgson has very rarely changed the Fulham team because he believes that a team with momentum and a team that is playing together all the time knows each other inside out and if they are getting decent results then they will take that form into any kind of game, regardless of if it is a European final or not. But I think you are likely to see changes on Sunday. The truth of the matter is that first of all you have the recovery time and secondly you run that horrible risk of having somebody injured going into a final."
THE MAN IN CHARGE
"It would be a crime against humanity if Hodgson isn't named Manager of the Season. You have a side like Fulham, who are considered to be a humble organisation who even if they squeeze everybody into every spot of the Cottage can still only manage a maximum of 25,000 for home games. Everybody sees them as a mid-table Premier League side and yet they are in a Europa League final with a side of few particularly renowned players. It is a remarkable achievement."
TAKING ON ARSENAL
"I think the kindest thing to say is that this result will not be blood and thunder and guts for Fulham. We all know there will be a different momentum going into the Europa League Final compared with that going into the final game of the season where Fulham can only manage a mid-table finish."
THE STORY SO FAR
"Their away form is woeful. Domestically, they have not been the same team away from home as they have been at Craven Cottage for the last three seasons. To be honest if their home form had been as poor, I think by now they would be a Championship team."