Bookmakers Betfred make Fulham 9/4 to finish in the top half of the table after Mark Hughes appointment as their new manager.
Hughes has signed a two year deal and had been out of work since being sacked by Manchester City in December 2009 and replaces Roy Hodgson.
"I am joining on the back of two of the most successful seasons in the club's history," said the former striker.
Bookies think Sparky has his work cut out and the Cottagers are 16/1 to finish in the top 6 and 50/1 to surprise everyone and finish in the Champions League spots.
Betfred spokesman Mark Pearson,
“We think Mark Hughes is a very good manager but it’s going to be tough unless the cheque book comes out.”
Fulham are 7/4 to win their first Premier League game away at Bolton and 33/1 to do the double over Manchester City his former employers.
Fulham to finish in the top half of the Premier League - 9/4
Fulham to finish in the top 6 – 16/1
Fulham to finish in the top 4 – 50/1
Fulham to do the double over Manchester City – 33/1
Fulham to do the double over Liverpool – 20/1