The former Premier League Champions Chelsea are about to host Fulham on the 14th game week fixture at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Chelsea’s unbeaten run has come to an end after 16 competitive games in this season, as they have tasted their first defeat against Tottenham in the last gameweek. But, their dominated 4-0 victory in the midweek Europa League fixture again PAOK has definitely proved that the defeat has already rung the “wake-up” call for the players.
On the other hand, despite a poor start to the season, Fulham have made a comeback in the league after they appointed the Premier League winning manager and the ex-Chelsea man Claudio Ranieri as the manager. Ranieri managed his team to secure their second victory of the season in the last game against Southampton. So, the former Leicester City manager might prove to be a crucial factor for The Blues on Sunday.
Chelsea vs Fulham Team News:
Chelsea man-in-charge Maurizio Sarri had made ten changes in the first XI against PAOK. So, the regular starters will come into the first team against Fulham. But, with respect to the recent forms, we can expect a few shuffling in the squad. Olivier Giroud, Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Pedro Rodriguez might be promoted in the starting XI. Moreover, Emerson’s performance may also push him to the first squad. On the other hand, Fulham is expected to line-up with an unchanged squad.
Chelsea vs Fulham Possible Starting Line-ups:
Chelsea (4-3-3) Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorgino, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Hazard, Morata
Fulham: (4-4-1-1) Rico; Christie, Odoi, Mawson, Bryan; Chambers, Seri; Schurrle, Cairney, Sessegnon; Mitrovic
Chelsea vs Fulham Key Players:
Irrespective of the presence of some big stars in the squad, Chelsea’s key man has been proved to be the Italian international Jorginho. Reportedly, the player has been tactically boxed in his last two Premier League games against Everton and Tottenham Hotspur. As a result, Chelsea ended the games one with a draw and the second with a defeat. So, if Cesc Fabregas features, then his long balls might be crucial for Fulham defence. Eden Hazard has always been a threat to any defence. Apart from that, Olivier Giroud’s recent form may help Chelsea removing their striking woes.
On the other hand, for Fulham, the ex-Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle can be very crucial. Apart from that, the forward Aleksandar Mitrovic can also have some impact on the game.
Chelsea vs Fulham Last Meeting:
These two teams locked their horns last time in the Premier League 2013-14. In their first meeting, Chelsea registered a comfortable 2-0 home victory and in the reverse fixture also The Blues secured a 3-1 victory. But the most important fact is that in the 3-1 away victory, all the three goals were scored by the present Fulham and German international Andre Schurrle.
Chelsea Latest Form (All Competitions): W-W-D-L-W
Fulham Latest Form (All Competitions): L-L-L-L-W
Chelsea vs Fulham Betting Odds (Bet365):
Chelsea – 1.18
Draw – 8.00
Fulham – 17.00
Chelsea vs Fulham Live Streaming Link:
The game is scheduled for Sunday, 2nd December 2018 from 5:30 PM IST and will be telecast on Star Sports Select 2 and Star Sports Select 2 HD for Indian viewers. However, for online streaming links send us a message on our official Facebook page.