Spotlight will be on Craven Cottage as Fulham vs Chelsea lock horns in a Premier League round 7 clash on Monday evening. Kick-off is 20:00 BST, 02 October 2023.
Mauricio Pochettino's men finally ended a miserable three-game scoreless run against hot and cold Brighton in the Carabao Cup.
Nicolas Jackson got the winning goal in the third-round tie at Stamford Bridge to ease some bit of pressure on himself and manager after a torrid start to the season that sees Chelsea sit 14th in the table with just one victory from their first six matches.
Similarly, Fulham were also winners in the league cup; Marco Silva's side held their nerve to outdo Championship side Norwich at home after a win over Luton in the top-flight was followed by a stalemate with Crystal Palace.
Fulham vs Chelsea probable lineups
This is how we think both teams will line up in this EPL match:
Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno
Defenders: Timothy Castagne, Issa Diop, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson.
Midfielders: Harrison Reed, João Paulinha, William, Bobby Decordova-Reid, Andreas Pereira.
Forwards: Raul Jimenez.
Goalkeeper: Robert Sanchez.
Defenders: Levi Colwil, Thiago Silva, Axel Disasi, Marc Cucurella.
Midfielders: Conor Gallagher, Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Cole Palmer.
Forwards: Raheem Sterling.
Fulham vs Chelsea confirmed lineups
*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released
Fulham vs Chelsea predictions
Monday's game in west London is a tough one to call. Nonetheless, here are three predictions for the derby.
Prediction 1: Fulham to win or draw
Marco Silva's side are searching for consistency after blowing rather hot and cold so far this season; they've strung four wins, two draws and two losses so far this current campaign and have been able to remain unbeaten in their last three games. The Cottagers ran out 2-1 winners at home the last time Chelsea came calling, and we expect them to either win or draw Chelsea who have been far from convincing.
Prediction 2: Both teams to Score
Although Chelsea have not been involved in both teams scoring affairs in their last four games, their clash with Fulham looks like goals will be scored by the both teams. This is because Fulham have scored and conceded in four of their last six games, they've also scored and conceded in Chelsea's last visit to the Craven Cottage.
Prediction 3: Under 2.5 total goals
With a win over Brighton, Chelsea's luck might begin to shine bright; however, a trip to Fulham presents a tough battle for Pochettino's men who have played four under-scoring games in recent times. Knowing that this fixture has failed to produce the least three goals in two meetings this year, we fancy it to end on the same note on Monday night.
Fulham vs Chelsea head-to-head
In 20 matches between both teams, Chelsea have won 12, Fulham have won 1, while 7 games ended in a draw.
Last five results:
Elite Club Friendlies 30/07/23
England Premier League 03/02/23
England Premier League 12/01/23
England Premier League 10/09/22
England Premier League 01/05/21
Fulham recent form
Fulham have been unbeaten in their last three games with two wins and a draw. However, in their last five, they've won three, drawn one and lost one.
Chelsea recent form
Chelsea have two wins and losses with one draw in their last five games. Recent win against Brighton could prove a turning point for the side who have struggled since last season.
Where to watch Fulham vs Chelsea live
For fans In the UK, Fulham vs Chelsea will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage of the Monday Night Football beginning at 6:30 PM.
Football fans in Nigeria will be able to watch the Fulham vs Chelsea EPL clash on SuperSport GOTV Football, DSTV Now and SuperSport Premier League Nigeria channel.
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