Chelsea vs Fulham Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on September 20, 2013

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Chelsea welcome local neighbours Fulham to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening looking to get back on track after a difficult few weeks.

The Blues season has taken an unexpected turn for the worse with the west Londoners win-less in their previous four outings. Following a bore 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford last month, Jose Mourinho’s men lost to Bayern Munich in a penalty shoot-out in the final of the European Super Cup.

Defeat to Everton on Saturday was followed by a shock 2-1 home defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday making it the clubs worst start in a dacade so Mourinho will be desperate to get back to winning ways this weekend.

The Portuguese coach has not lost a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge in 62 games and Fulham haven’t beaten their local rivals in 14 attempts, so the omens are good for Chelsea to turn things around.

Martin Jol is also under pressure at Craven Cottage having failed to win since the opening day when they beat Sunderland and fans were left distinctly unimpressed following last weekend’s 1-1 draw at home to West Brom.

Team News

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is expected to once again shake things up following defeat to Basel. Skipper John Terry is certain to be restored to the starting eleven and he should be joined by Ramires after the Brazilian was suspended in midweek.

The big decision is who starts up front with none of Chelsea’s strikers hitting form just yet. Samuel Eto’o was picked in midweek but Fernando Torres could find himself restored to the starting eleven having been left out of the squad last time out.

Juan Mata is also pushing for a recall with summer signing Willian putting in a disappointing display on his debut.

Fulham are sweating on the fitness of striker Dimitar Berbatov who is struggling to overcome a hamstring strain. The Bulgarian international will have a late fitness test ahead of the game but is expected to be fit.

Fellow striker Darren Bent is back in contention after recovering from his own hamstring problem but Bryan Ruiz is likely to miss out after injuring his ankle last week.

Defenders Aaron Hughes and Matthew Briggs and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg join Ruiz on the sidelines.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Eden Hazard: The Belgian had another disappointing outing against Basel and Mourinho will be demanding an improved display from his playmaker this weekend. The youngster either blows hot or cold and we think it’s about time he started to turn up the heat.

Predicted Score

Chelsea 2-0 Fulham:  The Blues will prove to be too strong for their London rivals and Mourinho’s men will get back on track with a routine win.

What would your team be and what’s your predicted score for the game? Share your views below.

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29 Comments

  1. GODSON

    September 20, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    All i know is dat, we are wining our game 2moro. Scores: 4-1

  2. ugochukwu

    September 20, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Liverpool is realy unsong this season. I wish them a happy playing time on the field of play

  3. Nelson obidaddy

    September 20, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Pls play us Azpilicueta in place of Iva,Cahil or Iva inplace of JT,Bertrand inplace of Cole

  4. Shaba

    September 20, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Chelsea is winning dis wknd game, score chelsea 3- 1 fulham

  5. Emmanuel jacob

    September 20, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    All chelsea fans should not panic because after 8 to 10 matches all clubs will take their positionrg, then u will see chelsea on top

  6. oscarmoses

    September 21, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Chelsea fans should cool down we are going to win this weekend

  7. Adebayo

    September 21, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Chelsea fan for life is just a matter of time,Something good those not comes easily like that thing we turn round for better for sure.

  8. Ihezuruike Uche

    September 21, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Chelsea will win by 3-0. So expect a wonderful game 2day.

  9. frank

    September 21, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Pls my good coach d gods father mourinho change mata and put wilian for us pls

  10. Antonio

    September 21, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Ð end justify d means. Result terminate insult,
    an 4 juan Mata, wt i observe is dt, he’s nt wel confident wen he’s wt d bal, he dosn’t hav stamina, he makes wrong pases, but wen mikel n Willian wer given 2 play, D prove beyond reasonable doubt dt no 1 cn tek dia place my line-up. Cech, apilicueta, luiz, Ivanovic, cole. Mikel. Oscar. Hazard. Willian. Mata. Torres. I thnk dts d best

    • kingsley

      September 21, 2013 at 9:19 am

      You must be in my mind to knw what I chose as my own line-up. A very good starters if Jose can go with it

  11. l-Mitchy

    September 21, 2013 at 5:24 am

    We are definitely going to beat fulham today.and my predicted score is 4:0 hop torres starts the game..

  12. Aimax

    September 21, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Football is just a game! Jose Mourinho prefering to play Oscar as N0-10 makes a lot of sense. Two major weakness with mata is he lacks stamina to defend and presently do not have the much needed zeal & confidence to wreak havoc on opposition. All the same, Chelsea is winning today’s match by 4- nil. Chelsea for life!

  13. ezea henry

    September 21, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Pls Mourinho shud look into d talents of juan mata…he is d best creative player we have and he shud make the best out of him noth making him adapt to a new style over night…oscar is gud,willian is gud as well bt wit stats mata is the best in his position…he luks like a level headed playmaker so our boss should check him well and also play lamps less cos of his age…lamps should be comin in nt startin almost all d games…the players are much and so shud be d style of play so dat no one can predict what’s goin to happen in a game..

  14. Rasheed

    September 21, 2013 at 6:37 am

    All i know is that chelsea is winning the match today scores is -chelsea..3 fulham…0

  15. eddie

    September 21, 2013 at 7:07 am

    i tink chelsea wil win if eto’ Ba’ lamp’ terry n marko vanginkel n schurrie do nt start

  16. Senna

    September 21, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Why won’t chelsea try playing Willian and Schürlle on the wings with Oscar in the middle. Devensively, they are very good while they can be very dangerous too on the break.

  17. Senna

    September 21, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I also think Ramires/Van Ginkel and Essien can be a very good pairing at the middle of the field.

  18. da blues

    September 21, 2013 at 9:07 am

    some p’pple pretend as CFC fans let me ask the three p’pple am doubting AIMAX,FRANK,ANTONIO does OSCAR have stamina than MATA?2 DOES BARCA play well and win because their players have stamina?whether you like it or not MATA WILL determine CFC’s position after first leg and if this is the tactics we will not escape from CL group stages.finally today CFC is going to demolish FULHAM [4-1]IF OUR THREE AMIGOS ARE LIKELY TO START[HAZARD,MATA&OSCAR]MIKEL SITTING BEHIND THEM RAMIRES BOMBING FROM BEHIND LUIZ,TERRY,IVA&COLE INFRONT OF PETER FINALLY TORRES OR ETO LEADIND THEM.FINALLY MATA TO PROOF JOSE WRONG FAILURE TO USE THESE GUYS AS FIRST ELEVEN THE BEST THING CFC WILL DO IS A DRAW [1-1]CFC FOR LIFE.

  19. Adebayo

    September 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

    morinho should think twice otherwise he will b sackd.he should use all mata,hasard and osca 2geda if he want 2 win.and use mikel and ramires or mikel and william or mikel and lampard surely chelsea will win.but fail 2 do dat he wil not win…but lose or draw

  20. Dansale

    September 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

    We chelsea we ar gud.abt the mtch we wel win 5-1 god bles

  21. Osacar

    September 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

    If monrinho like it or nt,mata is the man.i seen no resign why coach will live mata on the bench and started using oscar as number 10!if to take best 10 in England,mata is among!.. Oscar7th or 10th. So why will hv worng coach will good team?.fan ar nt puting minde to chelsea match again.

  22. Tau

    September 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

    If u want to cee d best out of mata just 4gt lamps and pair rami and mikel , cfc 4 lyf

  23. fuduk

    September 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Disappointed by murinhos view in matta

  24. Michael

    September 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Pls mou, use Torres, Hazard, Mata, Oscar, Mikel, Ramires, Cole, Luis, Cahill, Azpi, Cech. Wit dis u wil get d best out of MATA nd good result. Blue is d colour nd chelsea is d club.

  25. tobmich

    September 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    pls mourinho, try dis line up md if it does not work cum nd slap mi. cech, azpicu or ivanovic, terry, cahil,cole. mikel, ramirez, harzard,mata, oscar,torres. then wen itz 70’s put in williams, eto’o nd shurlle.

  26. sunny

    September 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Chelsea never giveup

  27. Thiago

    September 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Dis is d best line up 4 chelsea 4 now untill our new signing understand d game very well. Cech, ivanovic, cahill, luiz, mikel, ramires, oscar, mata, hazard n torres.

  28. Tiwoo

    September 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    cech,ivan,cole,luis,terry,hazard,osca,ramires,mikel,mata n Torres,@ 70s remove mata,osca den introduce lampard n william,let’s see what w hapen wit dis squard.blue 4 life.

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