Following an awful run of form lately, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will look for a return to winning ways as they take on Fulham in a key London Derby showdown.
For all of the talent and money littered throughout Chelsea’s team sheet, they should be doing much better. They’ve been drastically underachieving, and as a result the players and manager can certainly feel the pressure. Fulham represents a winnable match, and it is simply one where they need to secure three points.
For the Cottagers of Fulham, this is certainly a tough match to not have the support of your home crowd, as this rivalry remains one of the sport’s fiercest and there would most certainly be an electric atmosphere at Craven Cottage come Saturday afternoon. But alas, Fulham should be motivated enough to add to their rival’s misery with another pesky performance. Currently sitting on the edge of the relegation zone, Fulham too need to secure points and a recent shift in tactics have seen good fortunes return. Scott Parker’s side enters on a six-match unbeaten run.
With these two clubs trending in vastly different directions, and the pressure mounting on Chelsea – it’s certainly going to make for a pretty fascinating affair this weekend. Can the Blues reverse their bad fortunes with a big win? Or will the pesky underdogs from Fulham only add to their woes? Read on beneath the current odds for a full tactical preview and betting analysis for this Premier League showdown.
Fulham vs. Chelsea Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (-120)
Under 2.5 (+100)
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Scott Parker will likely line-up his Fulham side in their revamped 3-4-2-1 formation. Since shifting to it, it has brought the Cottagers some improved results. We’ll see if it frustrates the high skill of Chelsea on Saturday.
Fulham enters Gameweek 19 battling some key injury concerns, especially up front. Star striker Aleks Mitrovic is unlikely to suit up, and an unproven Ivan Cavaleiro will lead a pretty punchless attack for Fulham. In the middle of the pitch, Fulham’s plan will quite likely be to cut down Chelsea’s creativity and time on the ball through the midfield.
Chelsea enter healthy and without any fresh injury concerns from Frank Lampard’s side. The Blues boast excellent depth, but it seems as if Lampard still has yet to find the right mix and balance within his team selection. Look for Chelsea to set themselves up in an attack-minded 4-3-3 formation, with constant activation of wing-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James to keep Fulham on their heels.
Chelsea will be gunning from the outset for the full three points, as they know that they need wins to get back into a Champions League spot. Timo Werner will lead the line, and he should be supported by the talented dribbler and passer in Hakim Ziyech. It’s worth noting that Chelsea has been much better with Ziyech in the squad, and the advanced metrics would support his contributions.
While Chelsea are already proving to be somewhat of a laughing-stock after spending all of that money during the summer transfer window, expect their high-priced Germans to begin showing their worth. Kai Havertz should have his way with the Fulham midfield, and prove to be lethal coming off of the right flank, while Werner has been showing signs of improvement lately. Offensive contributions from that German duo should go a long way into a much-needed and convincing Chelsea victory. The talent disparity is just too large here.