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Fulham 1-2 Chelsea: Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho boost Blues' top four hopes

Fulham 1-2 Chelsea: The Cottagers put in a positive display under caretaker Scott Parker but could not pick up any points

Kishan Vaghela
Sunday 03 March 2019 16:34
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Maurizio Sarri on Kepa Arrizabalaga: he has 'served his time'

Chelsea were 2-1 winners at Craven Cottage in a game where all the goals came in the first half.

Gonzalo Higuain gave the visitors a 20th minute lead, which was cancelled out eight minutes later by Calum Chambers.

However, Jorginho’s 31st minute goal won it for the visitors – but there was late drama as Kepa Arrizabalaga saved an Aleksandar Mitrovic header, before Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon saw a late effort disallowed.

The win takes Maurizio Sarri’s side to within two points of the top four.

A win with their game in hand, against Brighton, will lift them above fourth placed Man United.

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Hello, and welcome to our coverage of another action-packed day of Premier League action, with plenty of banter along the way to go with it.

Three huge games take place today, with the Merseyside derby taking place later in the afternoon following Chelsea's visit of Fulham.

However, first up is Brendan Rodgers' first game in charge of Leicester City at Watford and we'll have team news from Vicarage Road very soon. 

Kishan Vaghela3 March 2019 10:57
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He looks in erm.... high spirits.

Kishan Vaghela3 March 2019 10:59
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And here are those teams from Vicarage Road as promised

Kishan Vaghela3 March 2019 11:00
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A reminder of how the preview to Rodgers' first game went yesterday

Kishan Vaghela3 March 2019 11:07
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I know I will be....

Kishan Vaghela3 March 2019 11:11
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Jokes aside though, this is a huge first game for Brendan Rodgers after he was appointed following the sacking of Claude Puel.

There were some pretty distasteful banners at Neil Lennon's first game in charge of Celtic yesterday, but he will hope to keep the Foxes' fans on side for a lot longer by rebuilding their fortunes.

The East Midlanders have won just twice in the league this calendar year, the latest of which came against Brighton in midweek, a game for which Rodgers was in attendance.

But they'll need more than that if they want to arrest their gradual slide and move into the top half of the table again, but there's a tough start in waiting with eight-place Watford their hosts today. 

Kishan Vaghela3 March 2019 11:17
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And it just got a little tougher....

Kishan Vaghela3 March 2019 11:21
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1 min: Watford 0-0 Leicester City

And we're off. Rodgers is back, but will it be a happy return to the league?

Kishan Vaghela3 March 2019 12:01
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4 min: Watford 0-0 Leicester City

What a save from Schmeichel that is!

Morgan makes a mess of clearing a free-kick and it falls to Mariappa, whose firm strike is blocked at point-blank range by the Dane, before Morgan recovers to block Deulofeu's rebound effort.

Kishan Vaghela3 March 2019 12:04
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GOAL! Watford 1-0 Leicester City (Deeney 5')

That's not the start Brendan Rodgers would have wanted.

They escaped unscathed with the last free-kick, but the whip on this one from Deulofeu means all Deeney has to do is to get a flick on the ball to beat Schmeichel.

There's a hint of offside here, but we'd be opening a can of worms again after yesterday.

Kishan Vaghela3 March 2019 12:05

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