Kick-off: 1200, 02/12/2018
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: Sky Sports
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What Trueform says for Chelsea vs Fulham
Claudio Ranieri made an immediate impact as Fulham manager and can now go into the West London derby with Chelsea full of confidence.
There is still obviously a gulf in class between these teams, who are 28 points apart in the Premier League table, but an entertaining encounter is on the cards.
We’re expecting an open contest at Stamford Bridge and 19/20 for both teams to score is our first Chelsea vs Fulham prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea’s bright start to the season has stalled of late, with the Blues held to a draw at home by Everton and then going down 3-1 to Tottenham.
It could have been a rout had Spurs taken all of their chances before Olivier Giroud scored a late consolation for Maurizio Sarri’s men.
“I saw a lot of problems because we played very badly – physically, mentally, technically and tactically,” said Sarri.
“So we have a lot of work, we have a lot of problems to solve. We have to try and do something because the defensive phase was a disaster.
“The offensive players pressed very badly, the midfielders defended not very well and the defensive line as a consequence was a disaster.”
However, our Trueform chart still shows what Chelsea are capable of when on song, achieving high ratings for beating Burnley 4-0 and Crystal Palace 3-1.
If back to something like that form, 29/20 for a home win and both teams to score would appeal from the Chelsea vs Fulham odds.
Last Chelsea EPL line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Hazard, Morata.
Olivier Giroud is a doubt after picking up an ankle knock while scoring twice in Thursday’s Europa League win against PAOK.
Eden Hazard is expected to return from an ankle injury for Chelsea, who are set to restore Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante to the starting line-up.
A Look At Fulham’s Betting Odds
Fulham secured just their second Premier League success in thrilling fashion when coming out on top 3-2 against Southampton at Craven Cottage.
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice and Andre Schurrle was also on target in Ranieri’s opening match in charge.
The former Leicester boss said: “I ask just this; never, never give up. Work hard until the end, at the end we’ll see the result.”
However, Fulham are the only one of the 92 English league sides not to have kept a clean sheet this season and Sergio Rico did well to deny Saints a late equaliser.
The Cottagers have already conceded more than twice on six occasions in the Premier League, so let’s add 19/2 for a 3-1 home win to our Chelsea vs Fulham betting tips.
Last Fulham line-up: Rico, Odoi, Chambers, Le Marchand, Christie, Mawson, Sessegnon, Cairney, Schurrle, Jean Seri, Mitrovic.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa remains sidelined with an unspecified injury and Kevin McDonald is still out with a hamstring complaint.
CHELSEA 4-0 PAOK Salonika – Olivier Giroud (2), Callum Hudson-Odoi, Alvaro Morata
FULHAM 3-2 Southampton – Aleksandar Mitrovic (2), Andre Schurrle
Head-to-head: Fulham 1-3 Chelsea, Chelsea 2-0 Fulham
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