Fulham vs Chelsea EPL Preview, Prediction & Streaming Info

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Prediction:

The Cottagers were held to a 1-1 draw on the road the last match-day, by Tottenham. In the meantime, Lampard’s men lost 1-3 at home against Manchester City. Note that Parker’s men were winless in 18 of their past 22 overall fixtures, and of the total four wins during this stretch, two had come against teams in lower divisions, and one had come against a team placed 19th in the PL table.

On the other hand, their counterparts were unbeaten in 20 of their past 24 overall match-ups, and they remained so in ten of their former thirteen games on the road. On top of that, the Blues also have a phenomenal h2h record against this rival over the years, and especially so this venue. Taking into account these observations, expect Chelsea to emerge victorious this Saturday at the Craven Cottage.

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Preview:

The Cottagers are easily one of the worst teams in the competition, and are a recently promoted team as well. They are currently placed 18th in the table, and they have won just twice all through this campaign. Going on, they also have been on a dismal run at home for almost the whole of the season. Meanwhile, the Blues are one of the best teams in the league, and have been so for the past several years.

They are a perennial top-four contender, and courtesy of their recent superb signings, they were a title contender in 2020-21. However, they have been on a struggling stretch at the moment, and have dropped a considerable number of points lately. They need to do something soon to get back to their winning ways, and a match-up against the relegation-threatened Scott Parker’s men could not have come at a more apt time. Do also take note that Frank Lampard’s men have a great h2h record against this rival over the years. Likely, expect Chelsea to post the three points on the board this weekend.

Team News:

Fulham will again be without the services of Tom Cairney and Mario Lemina through injury, while Aleksandar Mitrovic is a doubt for the contest at Craven Cottage but could yet be involved. The Cottagers will also be unable to call upon Ruben Loftus-Cheek as the England international is ineligible against his parent club, meaning that Ademola Lookman could return to the starting XI. Parker is expected to resist the temptation to shuffle his pack from the Spurs clash, though, meaning that the likes of Harrison Reed and Cavaleiro should keep their spots.

Chelsea will be without the suspended N’Golo Kante for Saturday’s clash, but the Blues are otherwise in excellent shape, with both Reece James and Andreas Christensen available for selection once again. Lampard has a number of decisions to make, particularly in the final third, as both Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were on the scoresheet against Morecambe in the FA Cup. Werner could get the nod through the middle with support from Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech in the wide positions, but Havertz might drop to the bench once again, with Jorginho potentially earning a recall.

Match Facts:

Series: England Premier League (EPL) 2020-21
Match:
Fulham vs Chelsea
Date: Saturday, 16 January 2021
Venue: Craven Cottage

Time: 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET / 22:30 PST

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HEAD to HEAD:

  1. The Blues are on a five-game winning run.
  2. They had scored two or more goals in all these five match-ups.
  3. They had recorded 19 of the preceding 20 overall wins.
  4. It’s been 14 years since they have lost against this rival.
  5. The guests have scored two or more goals in nine of the last twelve meetings at this ground.

Probable Starting 11 Players:

Fulham: Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo; Tete, Reid, Reed, Anguissa, Robinson; Lookman, Cavaleiro

Chelsea: Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount; Pulisic, Werner, Ziyech

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