The Cottagers host the Blues in the Premier League on Thursday night

Fulham plays a crucial match, and a win might move them closer to fourth place, as they now lie in seventh position in the standings. The team is currently on a winning streak since their elevation to the Premier League, despite a few hiccups. Fulham has maintained a great squad that is demonstrating too strong for Premier League heavyweights.

Chelsea are in the chaos following their 4-0 FA Cup loss to Manchester City and presently sits in 10th position in the standings. Graham was rumoured to be on the cusp of sacking following only one win in eight Premier League games. The club is facing trouble and must win this game to prevent more complications.

Kick-off: 1:30 am (IST), 8 pm (GMT)

Fulham form (all competition): W-W-W-L-L

Chelsea form (all competition): L-D-W-L-L

Players to watch

Fulham

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Mitrovic has been a superb performer for Fulham this season, scoring the majority of their goals. He is tall, which gives him an advantage, and he has outstanding goal-scoring accuracy, which has helped Fulham in many games. He is always a threat to opponents, as seen by his 11 goals and two assists in 15 Premier League games.

Chelsea

Denis Zakaria

Although Zakaria has not seen much playing time this season, he can play an important role in Chelsea’s midfield, which has been lacking in inventiveness this season. Zakaria’s presence will be beneficial to the Blues, but Graham Potter must believe him and he can blossom under him.

Match facts

  •  Chelsea have just conceded only six goals in 15 games against Fulham.
  • Chelsea have won nine of their 11 London Derbies in the Premier League.
  • Fulham are looking to win their consecutive Premier League derbies for the first time since April 2013.

Injury and team news

Marco Silva’s squad has no new injuries, however, Neeskens Kebano is still out with an Achilles injury, while Shane Duffy is hoping to recover from sickness.

Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante, Edouard Mendy, Reece James, Armando Borja and Wesley Fofana, Christian Pulisic, and Raheem Sterling are all out for weeks, while Ben Chilwell, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all questionable for the encounter.

Head-to-head record

Matches: 87

Fulham: 11

Draws: 26

Chelsea: 50

Predicted lineup

Fulham predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):

Leno; Tete, Ream, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Reed, Palhinha, De Cordova-Reid, Pereira, Willian; Vinicius

Chelsea predicted lineup (4-3-3):

Kepa; Azpilicueta, Koulibaly, Silva, Cucurealla, Kovacic, Zakaria, Jorginho, Zieych, Havertz, Mount

Prediction

Fulham are buoyant and will be hoping to squeeze a win with the backing of home supporters and will try to capitalize on Chelsea’s present issues. Chelsea have just one win in eight games and we worry this match will add further disaster to their record, with Fulham looking top of their form.

Prediction: Fulham 2-1 Chelsea

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