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Fulham vs Chelsea betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Fulham vs Chelsea match preview

Despite being located a mere 1.6 miles apart, that’s the length of just 34 football pitches, these two clubs have operated in different stratospheres for the vast majority of their histories.

However, having finished above their West London rivals for the first time in 40 years last season, Fulham kick off higher in the table Chelsea once again, so will it be a famous Monday night by the river Thames.

The Cottagers have been far from outstanding so far this season, recording just two wins, both 1-0, beating Everton on the opening weekend, before a hard-fought victory over Luton 16 days ago.

On Wednesday night, Marco Silva’s side did make progress in the Carabao Cup, ousting Norwich City 2-1, with Carlos Vinícius and then Alex Iwobi on target.

Nevertheless, Fulham are still yet to kick into gear this season, so will that change as the Whites target back-to-back home wins over Chelsea for the first time since 1977?

Mauricio Pochettino meantime has only enjoyed one Premier League victory as Chelsea boss to date, this coming against Luton last month.

Overall, Chelsea have won just six of their last 35 Premier League outings, while Leicester have scored more top-flight goals than them in 2023, despite being relegated in May.

Thus, Wednesday’s Carabao Cup victory over Brighton, in which Nicolas Jackson was the only scorer, was much-needed to say the least.

Next up, the Blues visit Burnley, before a sequence of fixtures that looks like this: Arsenal (H), Brentford (H), Tottenham (A), Man City (H), Newcastle (A), Brighton (H) and Man United (A).

Thus, Pochettino’s team might find points hard to come by between now and mid-December, making it all the more important they pick up a victory here.

So, will Chelsea be too strong at Craven Cottage, or will the Fulham faithful have a famous win to celebrate?

Fulham team news

Marco Silva shuffled his pack for the mid-week EFL Cup win over Norwich, with Marek Rodák, Fodé Ballo-Touré, Alex Iwobi, Tom Cairney and Carlos Vinícius amongst those coming into the XI.

Despite scoring in that one, and bagging the winner when Chelsea visited Craven Cottage, Carlos Vinícius could be back on the bench, with Raúl Jiménez getting the nod.

The Mexican hasn’t scored in the Premier League since 10 March 2022, 571 days ago.

Willian was on target against his former employers back in January, so can he repeat that trick?

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Leno; Tete, Diop, Ream, Robinson; Reed, Palhinha, Decordova-Reid, Pereira, Willian; Jiménez.

Chelsea team news

Nicolas Jackson is suspended, having been shown five yellow cards in just seven appearances so far, as is Malo Gusto, following his straight red card against Aston Villa.

With Reece James still sidelined, Marc Cucurella filled in at right-back against his former club on Wednesday.

If this is the case again, with Ben Chilwell now out too, Levi Colwill is set to keep his place on the other side.

James and Chilwell join Benoît Badiashile, Wesley Fofana, Trevor Chalobah, Roméo Lavia, Noni Madueke, Carney Chukwuemeka and Christopher Nkunku in the treatment room.

In better news, Armando Broja has come off the bench in both of Chelsea’s last two matches, his first outings since suffering a serious injury in December, so could he start in Jackson’s absence?

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Sánchez; Cucurella, Disasi, Thiago Silva, Colwill; Caicedo, Gallagher, Fernández; Sterling, Palmer, Broja.

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