Fulham vs Chelsea – Match Preview

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Two sides on opposite ends of the Premier League table go head-to-head this weekend, as table-toppers Chelsea visit Craven Cottage to take on London rivals Fulham.

The Cottagers, who are currently four points from safety and without a win in seven top-flight match,
have called upon Felix Magath to save them from relegation.

The experienced German coach saw three points snatched from him in his first game in charge last
weekend as Matej Vydra struck an 85th-minute equaliser for West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

On the other hand, Chelsea have won only one of their last four matches, and that with a fortuitous injury-time goal against Everton, but they have an excellent record against Fulham, winning or drawing their last 16 meetings.

Last five games (all competitions)

Fulham

WBA 1-1 Fulham (Prem)
Fulham 2-3 Liverpool (Prem)
Man Utd 2-2 Fulham (Prem)
Fulham 0-1e Sheffield Utd (FAC)
Fulham 0-3 So’ton (Prem)

Chelsea

Galatasaray 1-1 Chelsea (CL)
Chelsea 1-0 Everton (Prem)
Man City 2-0 Chelsea (FAC)
WBA 1-1 Chelsea (Prem)
Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle (Prem)

Team News

Fulham have no new injury concerns and record signing Kostas Mitroglou is in contention to make his first start since signing from Olympiacos for £12m in January, with Hugo Rodallega possibly making way as the lone frontman.

Chelsea come off the back of a Champions League tie against Galatasaray on Wednesday night, and Jose Mourinho will be tempted to shuffle his pack to avoid fatigue.

Mikel and Oscar both face late fitness tests, with David Luiz another doubt. Marco van Ginkel remains on the sidelines.

Match Facts

* Chelsea have won eight of their last 10 matches in Premier League.

* Chelsea have lost just one game in their last fifteen in all competitions.

* Chelsea are undefeated in their last 16 matches against Fulham in all competitions.

* Fulham have lost their last three home matches in Premier League, conceding a minimum of three goals.

* Fulham have conceded 59 goals, the most in the division.

Date: 01-03-2014

Venue: Craven Cottage

Time: 15:00 GMT

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Author’s verdict: Fulham 0-2 Chelsea

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