Premier League: Chelsea v Fulham match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge

£50m striker Fernando Torres could be set to start up front for Chelsea after the player didn’t even make the match-day squad for Chelsea’s Champions League defeat to Basle on Wednesday.

Fulham striker Darren Bent is still suffering with an injury, so Dimitar Berbatov is set to start as Fulham’s only striker at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho comes into the game on the back of two straight defeats, but has never lost a Premier League home game as Chelsea manager. 

Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer made 172 appearances for Fulham during a 5-year spell at the club. He is unlikely to face his old team on Saturday with Petr Cech set to start in goal.   

Saturday: 17.30

Past three meetings

Fulham 0 Chelsea 3 (Terry 2, Luiz), Premier League, April 2013

Chelsea 0 Fulham 0, Premier League, November 2012

Fulham 1 Chelsea 1, Premier League, April 2012

Stats

Fulham manager Martin Jol will be looking for his second away win of the season, but Fulham have not beaten Chelsea in the league since the 05/06 season

Fulham have only beat Chelsea 7 times in the league, whilst Chelsea have claimed victory against Fulham thirty-nine times.

Eden Hazard has played 90 minutes of every Chelsea league game so far this season. He has created 12 chances in the opening four games, the highest of any player in the division.

Odds

Chelsea: 1.32

Fulham: 13

 

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