Chelsea will make the short trip to rivals Fulham’s west London on Saturday night as Frank Lampard’s side desperately needed three points to fuel real aspirations.
Cabins need points for very different reasons. Scott Parker’s men have looked a lot stronger in recent weeks, although their scorching start to the campaign means they still end up in the bottom three.
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This game was originally scheduled for Friday night, although Fulham’s revamped clash with Tottenham on Wednesday night meant the game was postponed in order to allow for an extra day of rest.
It remains to be seen if the Cottagers’ midweek league commitments play a role in this one. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming clash.
When is the kick-off? Saturday January 16
What time is the kick-off? 5:30 p.m. (GMT)
Where is it played? Cottage Craven
TV channel / live broadcast? Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League (UK), fuboTV (US)
Arbitrator? Peter Bankes
VAR? Adam nunn
Both Mario Lemina and Tom Cairney remain sidelined for the home side, although Aleksandar Mitrovic could be fit enough to bench Fulham.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is not eligible to play against his parent club, which means Ademola Lookman is likely to be drafted into the starting XI.
Visitors will be deprived of the suspended N’golo Kante, who is serving a one-match ban, with Jorginho having to fill the void left by the Frenchman. Meanwhile, the return to physical form of Reece James and Andreas Christensen means Lampard has options available to him in defense.
Fulham (5-4-1): Areola; Tete, Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson; Cordova-Reid, Reed, Anguissa; Cavaleiro, Lookman.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount; Pulisic, Werner, Ziyech.
Tottenham 1-1 Fulham – Premier League – (01/13)
Queens Park Rangers 0-2 Fulham – FA Cup third round – (01/09)
Fulham 0-0 Southampton – Premier League – (12/26)
Newcastle 1-1 Fulham – premier league – (19/12)
Fulham 0-0 Brighton – premier league – (16/12)
Chelsea 4-0 Morecambe – FA Cup third round – (01/10)
Chelsea 1-3 Manchester City – Premier League – (01/03)
Chelsea 1 – 1 Aston Villa – Premier League – (12/28)
Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea – Premier League – (12/26)
Chelsea 3-0 West Ham – Premier League – (12/21)
While Fulham’s recent improvement in form has defeated them unbeaten in their previous five league games, they have yet to accumulate just five points throughout their mini resurgence; with Parker’s men struggling to break up teams.
Chelsea’s woes have been well documented in recent weeks, but the Blues will be well the cooler of the two teams having had nearly a week off, and that could play a role in what is likely to be a nervous affair. .
Prediction: Fulham 1-2 Chelsea