Fulham will do battle with visiting side Chelsea at Craven Cottage in this Premier League meeting on Friday.
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Fulham will play in this game following a 1-1 Premier League draw against Tottenham Hotspur.
In that match, Fulham had 48% possession and 15 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Fulham was Ivan Cavaleiro (74'). On the other side, Tottenham Hotspur had 15 shots at goal with 6 on target. Harry Kane (25') was the scorer for Tottenham Hotspur.
Fewer than three goals per game were recorded in 6 of the past 6 fixtures where Fulham have been involved. Breaking down the goal split in that period, their opponents scored an aggregate of 3 while The Cottagers managed a tally of 5. However, it remains to be seen if such a trend shall be replicated in this next match or not.
Leading up to this clash, Fulham:
- have not emerged victorious against Chelsea in their last 18 matches in the league. That has got to hurt.
- are undefeated in their previous 3 home league matches.
- are without a win at home for the past 4 league games. Their fans aren't happy.
Chelsea will come into the encounter after a 4-0 FA Cup win as they beat Morecambe in their most recent game.
In that game, Chelsea managed 84% possession and 25 attempts on goal with 8 on target. For Chelsea, the goals were scored by Mason Mount (18'), Timo Werner (44'), Callum Hudson-Odoi (49') and Kai Havertz (85'). Morecambe had 3 shots on goal with 3 on target.
Over the course of their last half-dozen outings, Chelsea have amassed a total of 11 goals. The Blues have also scored on each one of those occasions. Over that period, their defenders have seen 9 goals scored by their opponents.
Their past results show that Chelsea:
- are undefeated by Fulham when they have played them away from home in the previous 9 league matches. It really has been a happy hunting ground for them.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 3 league games.
Head to head
Delving into past results between these clubs going back to 28/11/2012 tells us that these encounters have not been fruitful for Fulham. They have not been able to come away with any victories whatsoever whereas Chelsea have been the better of the two, winning in 83% of those games played.
A total of 14 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 2 for The Cottagers and 12 being from The Blues. The average goals per game has been 2.33.
The last league clash between these clubs was Premier League match day 29 on 03/03/2019 which finished with the scoreline of Fulham 1-2 Chelsea.
On that day, Fulham managed 36% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Their only player to score was Calum Chambers (27').
At the other end, Chelsea got 20 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. Higuaín (20') and Jorginho (31') scored.
The referee was Graham Scott.
Team News: Fulham
Fulham boss Scott Parker does not have any fitness worries at all coming into this game thanks to a fully healthy squad ready to go.
Team News: Chelsea
From a largely healthy group, there is only the lone fitness issue for the Chelsea gaffer Frank Lampard to be concerned about. Charly Musonda Jr. (Knee Surgery) misses out for this game.
We envisage that Chelsea will probably be able to create a high number of chances and successful shots on target.
At the other end, Fulham won’t find it easy to score themselves, although we do think that it’s probable they’ll be converting at least once as well.
We’re therefore anticipating a pretty comfortable 1-3 win for Chelsea at the end of this one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Craven Cottage (25,700)
Captain: Tom Cairney
Chairman: Shahid Khan
Manager: Scott Parker
Competitions: Premier League position 18, FA Cup (Third Round)
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