Where: Craven Cottage, London, EnglandWhen: Monday, October 2, 9 pm ET
Fulham and Chelsea aren’t in some particularly good situation. Furthermore, these two units find themselves in problems. Fulham is in the middle of the standings, but they play pale football, and Aleksandar Mitrovic’s departure has hit them hard. Chelsea is the biggest bust of the year so far, with the Blues sitting 14th, looking like the team who might be even in the relegation battle.
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Fulham has one win in the past five Premier League contests, against Luton at home, 1-0, and besides that, two losses and ties. The Cottagers don’t look good at all, playing sluggish, particularly upfornt, where they struggle heavily to break the rivals’ defenses.
It’s no wonder to see them scoring only five goals in six matches, and right now, execution seems to be the biggest problem here. But the strikers themselves aren’t only to blame, with the midfielders not packing enough assists.
We continuously mention Mitrovic’s departure, but that’s been the crucial moment here, with the Serb’s absence changing the entire team system.
We don’t know where to start with Chelsea. After hundreds of millions of all kinds of currencies spent, this unit is even worse than during the previous year. We can’t understand what’s happening in the locker room and whether Mauricio Pochettino has any influence on the current developments.
The Blues haven’t scored in the previous three events, losing two of them, both at home at Stamford. After 0-1 to Nottingham, they went to Bournemouth to play a game without goals, before another minimal loss at home to Aston Villa, 0-1.
Nkunku’s injury heavily disrupted the entire chemistry on the field, but still, it’s tragic to see Chelsea playing like they do now. All those expensive players are getting schooled by guys who are several times cheaper.
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Fulham and Chelsea Possible Lineups
Fulham: Leno; Tete, Diop, Ream, Robinson; Reed, Palhinha; Wilson, Pereira, Iwobi; Vinicius
Chelsea: Sanchez; Cucurella, Disasi, Silva, Colwill; Gallagher, Fernandez, Ugochukwu; Sterling, Jackson, Mudryk
Fulham vs. Chelsea Head to Head
The two sides met at the American tour this summer, and Chelsea triumphed 2-0. Last season, Fulham was better at home, 2-1, and the other event saw a 0-0 tie.
Fulham vs. Chelsea Predictions
Both teams are sluggish. The only reason we pick Chelsea here is the individual quality and the fact they will have to start playing at one point, and right now is the best possible situation for that. Fulham is a below-average unit without stars like the Blues. This pick has value and we have to take it.
Our verdict: Chelsea
Fulham versus Chelsea Odds
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