Most likely essentially the most aggressive west London derby in years takes place on Thursday as Fulham host Chelsea.
Blues followers have sometimes laughed at being dragged into this rivalry nonetheless Graham Potter’s facet enter this sport three places and three elements behind Fulham, who’ve carried out one match higher than their sinking opponents.
Fulham have obtained three on the bounce inside the Premier League and might be utterly decided in order so as to add to the misery down the freeway at Stamford Bridge, the place many followers have misplaced persistence with the model new regime.
Right here is all it’s advisable to find out about this one.
Fulham group info
The harm bug hasn’t made it to Craven Cottage as Marco Silva has only some well being concerns to deal with proper right here.
Shane Duffy has been unwell nonetheless is predicted to return in time for this one, leaving long-term absentee Neeskens Kebano because the one certain absentee.
Manor Solomon, who’s merely once more from a knee harm, carried out quarter-hour in direction of Hull Metropolis on the weekend and can get further minutes off the bench whereas Willian, who made 339 appearances for Chelsea, traces up in direction of his former employers.
(4-2-3-1): Leno; Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson; Palhinha, Reed; De Cordova-Reid, Pereira, Willian; Mitrovic
Chelsea group info
Mason Mount returned from harm to face Man Metropolis nonetheless Chelsea misplaced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a once more harm inside the build-up to that sport, leaving the Blues with ten injured first-teamers.
Alongside Aubameyang, Chelsea have misplaced Raheem Sterling, Christian Pulisic, Edouard Mendy, N’Golo Kante, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Armando Broja.
Potter would probably need to make wholesale changes to the group that had been comprehensively humiliated by Metropolis, nonetheless well being concerns prohibit his selections.
(4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Chalobah, Cucurella; Chukwuemeka, Zakaria, Kovacic; Ziyech, Havertz, Mount
This fixture often represents a routine victory for Chelsea nonetheless the tables have turned totally this season and it’s Fulham who will enter this one with all of the conceitedness on this planet, and rightly so.
The Cottagers are flying correct now, and whereas their present victories have all been in direction of bottom-half sides, there isn’t any function for Fulham to contemplate they’ll’t compound Chelsea’s misery with one different huge effectivity.
Potter will demand a response from Chelsea, nonetheless will he actually get one? At this degree, that seems unlikely.
Prediction: Fulham 2-1 Chelsea