Fulham finished just inside the top-half last season, Norwich just outside, so their opening day encounter has all the makings of a tight affair. The Cottagers, in their first campaign under Martin Jol, ended on the same points total as Liverpool, suggesting they are a club heading in the right direction. They will have ambitions of at least matching their efforts from 2011/12 and will be aware that a favourable opening to the season offers them a chance to get off to a flying start.
Norwich will not be looking forward to a trip to West London, though, after winning only two of their last 15 top-flight games in the capital. New manager Chris Hughton takes over from Paul Lambert, who led the side to 12th in the Premier League table last season, their highest league finish in 18 years. The Canaries have a poor opening-day record, however, having not won their first game since the 2002/03 season. Their most notable opening-day failure came in August 2009 where they were beaten 7-1 by Colchester.
• Fulham have not lost the first game of a new season since losing 2-1 at Hull at start of the 2008-09 campaign.
• Norwich have only ever won one Premier League opening day fixture in five previous attempts - a 4-2 win at Arsenal on the first ever day of Premier League football in August 1992.