Latest Fulham v Chelsea odds, team news and live stream schedule as Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side look to consolidate their lead a the top of the Premiership with victory at struggling Fulham (Ko 15:00).
The Blues will certainly be looking for another three points to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League when they travel to Craven Cottage to take on the league’s bottom side, Fulham.
Jose Mourinho’s side will head into the game as the only English club to come out of the Champions League knock out stages with their head held reasonably high.
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The Blues drew 1-1 with Galatasaray in the intimidating venue of the Turk Telekom Arena and will now be favourites to qualify for the quarter-finals.
On Saturday Mourinho will need to focus his side away from the distraction of Europe as they look to preserve their 12 game unbeaten run. Chelsea have not lost since their 3-2 defeat to Stoke at the start of December
The Portuguese boss will need to manage his large squad with fatigue likely to play a part especially as Chelsea would have only returned from Turkey on Thursday.
That could mean starts for Samuel Eto’o, John Obi Mikel, Oscar and Ashley Cole with Frank Lampard amongst those set to be rested.
Fulham meanwhile will look to hand new boss Felix Magath his first win as he prepares to make his managerial debut at Craven Cottage.
The German boss came close last weekend, in his first game in charge, leading his side to a 1-1 draw with WBA however Matej Vydra’s goal four minutes from time saw the Cottagers come away with a point, a result that extended their to seven games without a win.
Fulham have not won since the opening day of the year when they beat West Ham United and with the club currently four points from safety.
That form, coupled with their poor history against Chelsea, the club have won just one of the 25 Premier League clashes makes Saturday’s task even more arduous.
The meeting between the London rivals is a real clash of contrasts with Mourinho, the master tactician, versus Magath, the ultimate German disciplinarian, top versus bottom, the best defence against the worst defence and in-form against out of form.
Everything in this match-up suggests a Chelsea win however given the uncertainty and shock results we have seen this season don’t rule anything out.