Fulham are set to play host to Chelsea at Craven Cottage on Saturday in their next English Premier League game.
Fulham come into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw against Jose Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
A first-half goal from star striker Harry Kane for Tottenham Hotspur was cancelled out by a second-half strike from Portugal international Ivan Cavaleiro for Fulham.
Chelsea, on the other hand, beat Morecambe 4-0 on Sunday in the third round of the FA Cup. Goals from midfielder Mason Mount, striker Timo Werner, winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and attacker Kai Havertz ensured next-round qualification for Frank Lampard's Chelsea.
Fulham vs Chelsea Head-to-Head
In 17 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Chelsea hold the clear advantage. They have won 11 games and drawn six.
The two clubs last faced each other in 2019 in the English Premier League, with Chelsea beating Fulham 2-1.
First-half goals from Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, now at Inter Miami, and Italy international Jorginho sealed the win for Chelsea. England international Calum Chambers, now back at Arsenal, scored the consolation goal for Fulham.
Fulham form guide in the English Premier League: D-D-D-D-D
Chelsea form guide in the English Premier League: L-D-L-W-L
Fulham vs Chelsea Team News
Fulham will not be able to field Ruben Loftus-Cheek, as he is on loan from Chelsea and cannot play against his parent club. Other than Loftus-Cheek, manager Scott Parker is expected to have a fully-fit squad at his disposal.
Unavailable: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard could be without right-back Reece James and Danish centre-back Andreas Christensen. French midfielder N'Golo Kante is suspended.
Doubtful: Andreas Christensen, Reece James
Suspended: N'Golo Kante
Fulham vs Chelsea Predicted XI
Fulham Predicted XI (3-5-2): Alphonse Areola, Ola Aina, Joachim Andersen, Tosin Adarabioyo, Kenny Tete, Bobby Decordova-Reid, Harrison Reed, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Antonee Robinson, Ademola Lookman, Ivan Cavaleiro
Chelsea Predicted XI (4-3-3): Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner
Fulham vs Chelsea Prediction
Fulham have looked resolute in recent weeks, and their draw against Tottenham Hotspur will be a confidence booster.
They are 18th in the league table, two points behind 17th-placed Brighton & Hove Albion, but have two games in hand. Scott Parker's side could very well claw their way out of the relegation spots.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have been under immense pressure for some time. Manager Frank Lampard has been heavily criticised for his side's poor recent results. Rumours have even circulated regarding Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann being considered as replacements for Lampard. The Blues will have to start getting results soon.
Chelsea are ninth in the league table, and will be keen to climb up the log with urgency. They should be able to emerge victorious against Fulham.
Prediction: Fulham 0-1 Chelsea
Published 14 Jan 2021, 13:48 IST