Martin Jol’s Fulham make the short trip to Stamford Bridge as the Cottagers face Andre Villas-Boas’s Chelsea side in the Carling Cup, fresh from their 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday.
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Even though the side went down 3-1 there were plenty of positives to take from the match, and even though the Chelsea faithful had to sit through a Fernando Torres howler, the Spaniard did look back to somewhere near his best as he finally found the net.
Whether Villas-Boas starts with Torres is another thing, but he may be tempted to bring back Didier Drogba after suffering his concussion against Norwich.
The Portugese manager was also quick to dismiss reports of Frank Lampard falling down the pecking order as the Chelsea legend was substituted at half time at Old Trafford after a poor defensive display, with Ramires and Raul Meireles staying on the pitch.
“There’s nothing here. It’s the decisions that we have to make,” Villas-Boas said. “Bearing in mind the result, it was an attacking substitution that we thought was right”
Obviously the 116 league goals that Lampoard has scored for Chelsea had been fogotten during the first half onslaught against the Champions, but it certainly started tongues wagging in the press box.
Chelsea are sure to be chasing any kind of silverware this season and even though the competition has lost much of its appeal in recent years Villas-Boas is sure to want to challenge for another Wembley final, although there are sure to be plenty of team changes.
Martin Jol will also be hoping to upset the form book and give his side a much needed confidence boost.
Fulham have yet to win in the Premiership this season, but can take heart after coming back from two goals down to draw with Manchester City on the weekend.
The Cottagers will look for the upset at Stamford Bridge tonight, although they may have to make do without the services of Andy Johnson who is struggling with a knock and Bobby Zamora is unlikely to be risked by Jol.
The action kicks off at 19:45 with the game streamed live by Bet365.