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CHELSEA v Fulham: Preview

Date: Saturday 12th January 2024

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 12:30 GMT

Watching Chelsea these days is like a murder mystery but only in the sense that it’s a bloody mystery how we can have spent £1bn and be as woeful as we are, and it’s a killer to watch.

We might have found our level against Preston because a cold Tuesday night in Middlesbrough appeared to be a step too far for us.

Today’s lunch time game sees us back in the Premier League, to face Fulham after their less embarrassing first-leg defeat to Liverpool. They’ve lost their last four away from home and they haven’t won at Stamford Bridge for 45 years but since we’re the gift that keeps on giving now, they’ll definitely come expecting to change that particular record today.


Going into today’s game, Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino, says “Every single game should be a priority for us. We need to play every game like a final. It is difficult to be consistent and play the same every game, but we need to try. Of course, some situations we didn’t expect that happened that made the situation more difficult. We are going to do everything to perform, create a solid team performance. In the time, we are going to be very successful, no doubt.

It’s a different game [than October’s win]. They [Fulham] arrive in a good moment. They are performing well. They have very good players. We didn’t perform bad against Middlesbrough. We had a good few victories. We need to keep the belief. The preparations are going well. We are confident. I am so sure we are going to do a very good job.”

Fulham manager, Marco Silva, meanwhile, says What I can see from the outside is that the changes are there, and they have a manager who knows the Premier League really well. I think what he’s done already in his career speaks for itself. I have huge respect for him as well. We have a very good relationship and a good connection. They’re a very good side with a very good manager as well and I’m sure it will be a very tough game for us.”


For Chelsea, Wesley Fofana (knee), Trevoh Chalobah (thigh), Carney Chukwuemeka (knee), Robert Sanchez (knee), Marc Cucurella (ankle), Lesley Ugochukwu (hamstring), Romeo Lavia (thigh) and Reece James (thigh) all remain out. Christopher Nkunku (hip) is back out again, whilst Nicolas Jackson is away for African Cup of Nations. Ben Chilwell and Benoit Badiashile are both fit again and may be involved; however, Carney Chukwuemeka is not expected to be ready to return.

For Fulham, Adama Traore (hamstring) remains out injured, whilst Fode Ballo-Toure, Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi are all away at the Africa Cup of Nations. Harrison Reed (illness) should be fit.


CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Petrovic; Gusto, Disasi, Silva, Colwill; Gallagher, Fernandez; Sterling, Palmer, Mudryk; Broja

FULHAM (Possible line-up): Leno; Castagne, Adarabioyo, Diop, Robinson; Palhinha, Cairney; Decordova-Reid, Pereira, Willian; Jimenez


Chelsea 0-0 Fulham (3rd February 2023)





  • Fulham have won just one of the past 23 Premier League meetings.
  • Fulham haven’t won at Stamford Bridge in 18 attempts in the league.
  • Chelsea have only conceded one goal in their past eight competitive games against Fulham at home.
  • Chelsea are aiming to win four home league matches in a row for the first time since July 2020.
  • Chelsea are without a win in their opening league fixture in each of the last seven years.
  • Fulham are aiming to avoid a fifth consecutive away league defeat.
  • Fulham have lost their last four Premier League away games, conceding at least three goals in each.
  • Fulham have won just one of their 10 away matches in this season’s Premier League.
  • Fulham are looking to win three consecutive top-flight London derbies for the first time since 2013.


Sportsmole: Chelsea 2-1 Fulham



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