Kick-off: 1405, 03/03/2019
Stadium: Craven Cottage
TV: Sky Sports
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What Trueform says for Fulham vs Chelsea
Scott Parker faces a baptism of fire as Fulham’s caretaker boss when Chelsea visit Craven Cottage in Sunday’s West London derby.
The Blues were buoyed by a 2-0 win over Tottenham in midweek and have already beaten the Cottagers by the same scoreline in the Premier League this season.
This may be a more open contest, though, so 23/20 for an away win and over 2.5 goals in the game is our initial Fulham vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Fulham’s Betting Odds
Claudio Ranieri’s short reign as Fulham boss came to an end following Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat at Southampton, which left the Cottagers 10 points from safety.
The Italian, appointed after the sacking of Slavisa Jokanovic in November, paid the price for a dismal run of form that saw him oversee just three wins in 16 league games.
First-team coach Parker has taken over on a caretaker basis, but faces an uphill battle to get the club out of relegation trouble.
Chairman Shad Khan said: “Scott’s immediate assignment is merely to help us stabilise, grow and rediscover ourselves as a football club.
“If Scott can answer that challenge, and our players respond to the opportunity, perhaps victories will follow in the months ahead.”
Parker, a former England midfielder in his playing days, may seek to make an immediate impact by playing positive football and has some decent firepower up front in Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ryan Babel.
Looking at the Fulham vs Chelsea odds, there is plenty of appeal in 2/1 for an away win and both teams to score.
Last Fulham line-up: Rico, Odoi, Chambers, Ream, Bryan, McDonald, Cairney, Nordtveit, Zambo, Mitrovic, Babel.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea put a series of recent trials and tribulations behind them when beating Spurs in a convincing manner at Stamford Bridge.
Pedro put the Blues ahead on 57 minutes and a late own goal by Kieran Trippier sent the home fans wild, with Tottenham unable to get a shot on target.
“These kind of games for us are so important, to recover our confidence, our best football,” Pedro told Chelsea TV.
“Now every game is a final for us, to get the points until the end to get in the top four.”
Willy Caballero took Kepa’s place against Spurs, as the world’s most expensive goalkeeper was demoted two days after being fined a week’s wages for refusing to be substituted in the EFL Cup final.
However, Chelsea rallied to the cause and put in a professional performance, so winning here should also be within their compass.
We’ve always felt that Gonzalo Higuain is at his best when bullying inferior opponents and 7/2 for him to break the deadlock completes our Fulham vs Chelsea betting tips.
We collected on the same bet in our Chelsea vs Huddersfield preview at the start of last month!
Last Chelsea line-up: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Higuain, Hazard, Pedro.
Southampton 2-0 FULHAM
CHELSEA 2-0 Tottenham – Pedro, Kieran Trippier (og)
Head-to-head: Chelsea 2-0 Fulham
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