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Timo Werner’s goal was enough for the three points at West Ham last weekend as Chelsea became the first London side to win away at the Hammers since Freddie Ljungberg’s Arsenal side.
They’re back on home soil now against their local rivals Fulham who you feel will need nothing less than three points here if they want any chance of survival.
What once looked a real possibility for the Cottagers now looks like a pipe dream in all honesty as Eddie Nketiah’s late equaliser for Arsenal at the weekend stopped them picking up their first win in five games, and instead they had to settle for a draw and now have gained just one point from their last 15 on offer.
The saving grace for Scott Parker’s men though is that they won’t be on home soil in this clash as they have the worst home record in the league this season, picking up just 10 points and going D2-L11 against the current top-13, so they’ll be hopeful away from home.
Indeed, they’ve come back with a maximum of nine points from Anfield, Goodison Park and the King Power this season, and Chelsea will undoubtedly be wary of that.
The Blues are coming off the back of an impressive display in the Champions League as they take a valuable away goal back to Stamford Bridge, though they’ll do well not to look beyond this game with the top four still a massive task for them.
Just two wins in their last five league outings has slightly gone under the radar with their current cup success, and while they certainly have the ability to run away with this game, we’d expect a very different story to play out.
Firstly, under current management this season these two sides have seen the lowest match goals from any two clubs in the league, with the visitors’ reason largely down to their defensive resolve.
Only Brighton have conceded fewer than Fulham from the bottom nine clubs this season and excluding the opening three games in which they conceded 10 before the pairing of Joachim Andersen and Tosin Adarabioyo arrived, they’ve been up there with the best in the league defensively.
Secondly, Fulham fans will be wondering how they’ve not picked up more points as they often fall to late goals, especially recently. Nine of their last 10 goals conceded have come after the break, with each of the last five coming in the final 15 minutes of games.
It's therefore unsurprising that they’ve only been trailing at the break in one of their last 12 games, and drawing at that stage in 10 of those.
Four of the last five games have seen them suffer Draw/Lose Half-Time/Full-Time results, and with Chelsea likely to rotate a bit here, they may not start clicking until the second half and the HT/FT result looks worth getting behind, especially since it landed in the reverse fixture.
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