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

By on February 28, 2014
Craven Cottage Fulham

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Chelsea make the short trip across London to take on Fulham on Saturday afternoon looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.

The Blues head into the weekend fixtures sitting one point above Arsenal and with the Gunners also playing at 3pm tomorrow, they will hope to at least maintain that advantage with a win against their West London rivals.

Jose Mourinho’s side warmed up for the game with a 1-1 draw away at Galatasaray on Wednesday evening in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, which saw them continue their unbeaten start to 2014.

Fulham on the other hand sit rock bottom of the division and are four points from safety, so new boss Felix Magath will be desperate to get off to a positive start in his first match at Craven Cottage.

Magath was pleased with his sides effort during last weekend’s 1-1 draw away at West Brom, but he’ll now be hoping they can go one better and pick up their first win since New Year’s Day. However, in order to do so, they’ll have to beat Chelsea at home for the first time in eight years.

Team News

Fulham have no fresh injury worries heading into the game and Magath has virtually a full-fit squad to choose from.

The new boss made several changes to the team for his first game in charge last week with the likes of John Arne Riise, Dan Burn and William Kvist dropped to the bench, and they may stay there as the German coach is expected to name an unchanged line-up.

Mourinho on the other hand could freshen things up by making a few changes from the side that drew in midweek.

Midfielder Nemanja Matic is certain to come back in having not made the trip to Turkey as he was ineligible to play after already featuring for Benfica in the group stages.  Frank Lampard is likely to make way.

Ramires is expected to be passed fit despite breaking his nose on Wednesday, but David Luiz could miss out with the same muscle injury that kept him out of the game in midweek.

Oscar is also expected to come back in with Andre Schurrle the man most likely to may way, while Fernando Torres will be hoping to retain his place up front after scoring against Galatasaray.

Likely Line-Ups

Key Man

Eden Hazard: The Belgian has had a quite few games of late after a blistering start to the new year, but his quality can’t be disputed and we think he’ll be the one to watch tomorrow.

Predicted Score

Fulham 0-2 Chelsea: The hosts are bottom of the league for a reason and not even the magic of Magath is going to save them from defeat against their rivals.

What team would you like to see start the game and whats your predicted score? Share your views below.

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18 Comments

  1. X-Vaice

    February 28, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Jose should start Salah in tomorrow’s match. Fulham 0-3 Chelsea. Matic and Salah are going to score their first goal.

  2. im chinesse

    February 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Don’t Think Hazard will start also Azpili will probably get a rest.
    Torres and Schurrle came back from a long time of not playing so i think they can play again , Willian needs a rest, Squad will be:
    _________Cech______________
    Ivanovich_Terry_Cahill_Cole
    ______Ramires_Matic________
    __Salah__Oscar__Schurrle___
    _________Torres____________

  3. B-n nwanekwu nnanwa

    February 28, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Nomatter who play, all i need three points.

  4. fle

    February 28, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    mourinho shud use salah n not to keep him on d bench

  5. Emmanuel Edet

    February 28, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Fullham 2 Chelsea 3

  6. fle

    February 28, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    hazard is killin our game cos he is selfish wit d ball especially, wen chelsea is on counter attack thereby not releasin d ball at d right time, he did it against westbrom and galatasaray n we would hv won those games but he refused to released d ball on counter attack. Williams also need bench 4 some games cos he is jst runnin round wit d ball n creatin no impact at all.

  7. Abdisalam moha

    February 28, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    1 cech 2 ivonovich 3 cole 4 terry 5 cahil 6 matic 7 hazard 8 remiras 9 torres 10 oscar 11 salah iwant dis line up fulham 0 chelsea 5 hazard score hatrick & torres is score 2

  8. fle

    February 28, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    mourinho shud stop waistin salah mohamed’s time in chelsea n staut givin him playin time. He was enjoyin first team at basel, you(mou) shud hv allow him join liverpool. Hazard shud b bench 4 some matches cos he is selfish wit d ball, evn williams shud also, b bench 4 some matches he is jst running round wit d ball n not creatin any impact. Salah shud b givn time to play against fulham especially since he didnt play at d championshp

  9. Joe

    March 1, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Yes and also I think it’s about time we realize this, our luck of goal scoring is not about the strikers why because we had world class strikers before when they came we were facing the same problems! Our problem is with out attackers especially number 8 position has been for Frank Lampard all this years now with Ramires together in that postion, we don’t see it because they score sometimes which has blind us for long. When you look at Baca they have Xavi, Inesta. RM Xavi and co. Mancty Yaya & co. B munich look at their midfield having said that lipool Steven Gerald. How many times do we see them standing anywhere anyhow and shoot from anywhere while their patinners are there waiting for the ball to score? They don’t wast balls like we do and when they have the ball they know where and when to place the ball . Do we have that?

  10. Chess

    March 1, 2014 at 12:40 am

    A difficult schedule really, jst hope we emerge winner anyway.

  11. Damic

    March 1, 2014 at 6:24 am

    For me i think cahill, williams and hazard need to rest so d lineup should be cech, azipilicueta, ivanovic, terry, cole, lampard, ramirez, schurle, oscar, salah, eto. then if oscar continue wit his poor form then matic should come in as defensive midfelder n ramirez should move to d front as attacking midfelder.

  12. yusuf yunusa onimisi

    March 1, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I wil lik d back 4 2remain after cech wit matic nd ramires,hazard,oscar,willian nd eto o.

  13. Kunlexzy

    March 1, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I realy don’t knw y jose is paring ramires wit matic instead of mikel wit matic..for several games now ramires doesn’t have any impact in the club.he doesn’t no how to mark leaving it for matic to do it all alone,,he also don’t knw hw to control ball and even hw to move the ball forward…i definately suggest he should be bench for mikel….and also i think willian or torres should also rest for salah….

  14. Kunlexzy

    March 1, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Ramires should be benched plzzzzzz……For lyk 5 matches???jose mou….Think and see that ramires is not doing anything on the field rather he just roam about

  15. shehu chonoko

    March 1, 2014 at 8:40 am

    All d plys are good it’s just d matter of time

  16. Wilzoyoung

    March 1, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Ramires should be drop plssssss, he’s giving me headache. He does not know what he is doing on the pitch anymore.

  17. Seth Anthony

    March 1, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I think this is d kind of match were u rotate ur squad.mou is talking of d schedule when we hv players dt hv nt played for a long time.for me i will like cech,ivanovic,harzad William Oscar remirez lampard to all rest nd play a 4-4-2 formation.were 1 schmezer 2aslipicuta 3cahil 4jt 5cole 6 obi 7matic 8schurlle 9 salah 10 Torres 11 eto’o.with ds dy re all fresh legs.for dy should b given time to play also if dy can’t play ds game den which one re dy going to play

  18. lucaslino

    March 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I hope salah will start match 2morrow nd jose shld rest azpilicueta nd Cole….

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