Chelsea head into their west London face-off against Fulham with the blushes from a Stamford Bridge humbling at the hands of Basel still burning their cheeks and they’re set for more frustration with Fulham fancied to nab a 1-1 draw at odds of 19/2.
Martin Jol’s side love a low-scoring stalemate in this fixture and with bwin refunding losing single stakes on correct score wagers, as well as a range of other correct score and goalscorer markets if Chelsea aren’t ahead at the break and the final whistle, chancing your arm is all the more worthwhile.
Jose Mourinho’s side are 1/4 to lick their wounds with a derby day success, the draw is 9/2 and a Cottagers victory is a fanciful 10/1.
The dour recent history of this derby will be known to all die-hards who have dutifully attended renewals over the last three seasons.
With the exception of a 3-0 win for the Blues at Craven Cottage last term – in which Fulham were missing bedrock centre-half Aaron Hughes – each of the six clashes during that period have limboed the 2.5 goals bar.
It’s a tasty 6/5 that the unders deliver again.
Two of the last four meetings have seen 1-1 draws posted, with Fulham the ones to equalise once Chelsea had taken the lead on both occasions.
Mourinho’s men will be out to banish memories of their campaign-opening Champions League defeat sharpish, but shooting reminiscent of toothless hillbillies blotto on moonshine allowed that mid-week Stamford Bridge smash and grab to happen and their finishing in the Premier League has been no different.
Only 19 of 68 shots from Blue boots have hit the target so far in 2013/14, from which four goals have been notched.
Fulham have been resolute on their travels this term so it may take a moment of wonder from long-shot lashers Frank Lampard or David Luiz to start the scoring.
The pair are 5/1 and 15/1 to score first respectively in another market in which bwin will refund your losing stakes should Chelsea not be winning at half-time and full-time.
However, the Cottagers have conceded a goal or less in their last seven Premier League road trips (including three clean sheets) and with their stopper David Stockdale leading the league for saves the 1-1 may be as entertaining as it gets.