Scott Parker's side have endured a difficult return to the top-flight, thrashed by Arsenal on opening weekend before coming out on the wrong side of a seven-goal thriller against fellow newly-promoted outfit Leeds at Elland Road.
Fulham did see off Championship Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup in midweek and will hope to follow up that first win of the season against an Aston Villa side that escaped relegation on the final day last term.
Dean Smith's men travel to Craven Cottage sitting in mid-table after beginning 2020-21 with a narrow win over Sheffield United that was sandwiched between cup triumphs over EFL opposition in Burton Albion and Bristol City.
Date, time and venue
Fulham vs Aston Villa is scheduled for a 5:45pm BST kick-off on Monday, September 28.
This match will be played behind closed doors at Craven Cottage with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch
TV channel: The match will be shown live on Sky Sports' Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV.
Parker is expecting to have a fully-fit squad to choose from for the visit of Aston Villa, with Anthony Knockaert pushing to start after scoring in the midweek win over Sheffield Wednesday.
"I think we’re all good,” said the Fulham boss.
“There are no injuries as such, just the general management of the squad and players really. We’re at full strength.”
For Villa, Tom Heaton, Bjorn Engels and Wesley are all sidelined, but former Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore could make his first Premier League start for the club after impressing against Bristol City.
Prediction: Fulham 2-2 Aston Villa
Fulham just haven't appeared to make the defensive improvements necessary yet to successfully compete at this level.
It is potentially crucial that they avoid a third successive top-flight defeat here and falling into an early spiral, though Villa will be full of confidence after outlasting the Blades last week.
We expect an entertaining and potentially high-scoring encounter that ends all square, perhaps with Fulham squandering a lead due to their defensive frailties.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Of the 26 Premier League meetings between the clubs, Aston Villa have won nine times and Fulham six, with 11 draws.
Their last top-flight encounter came all the way back in April 2014, when Hugo Rodallega's late header secured a 2-1 win for the Cottagers at Villa Park.
Betting odds and tips
- Fulham to win: 15/8
- Aston Villa to win: 7/4
- Draw: Between 12/5 and 5/2
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