Chelsea vs Fulham Prediction Premier League Picks 10/2

Chelsea vs Fulham Prediction Premier League Picks 10/2

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Fulham vs Chelsea: The West London Derby

On Monday evening, Fulham will host Chelsea in a Premier League fixture that pits two underperforming West London rivals against each other at Craven Cottage.

Introduction

Fulham and Chelsea both pulled off narrow victories in their EFL Cup third-round matches. The hosts managed to squeak past Norwich City, while Chelsea narrowly defeated Brighton. As both teams look to build momentum, this derby presents a perfect opportunity.

 

Fulham

Current Form

Managed by Marco Silva, Fulham recently extended their unbeaten streak to three matches in all competitions. They find themselves in 11th place in the Premier League table, aiming for a higher position.

Key Players

Carlos Vinicius and Alex Iwobi have been instrumental in Fulham's recent form, with their crucial goals in the EFL Cup against Norwich City.

Strategies and Tactics

Expect Silva to employ a defensive strategy, possibly aiming to secure a third consecutive clean sheet in the league.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Fulham's defense has recently shown signs of solidity, but the team's inability to win their last nine top-flight London derbies could be a concern.

Possible Lineup

Areola; Tete, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Aina; Lemina, Reed, Anguissa; Lookman, Vinicius, Iwobi

 

Chelsea

Current Form

Currently sitting uncomfortably in 15th place in the league, Mauricio Pochettino's Chelsea squad needs to regain their form. Their recent victory against Brighton in the EFL Cup could serve as a catalyst.

Key Players

Nicolas Jackson managed to snap Chelsea's three-game goal drought by scoring the winner against Brighton, making him a player to watch.

Strategies and Tactics

Pochettino may focus on improving his team's finishing, given their subpar goal conversion rate in recent Premier League matches.

Strengths and Weaknesses

While their recent cup win might boost their morale, Chelsea's overall form and the injury list could hinder their performance.

Possible Lineup

Mendy; James, Silva, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Kovacic; Ziyech, Mount, Pulisic; Jackson

 

Head to Head

Fulham ended a 21-game winless streak against Chelsea last season with a 2-1 home victory, followed by a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. Interestingly, all three Monday fixtures between these sides have ended in draws.

 

Statistics

Fulham's recent form reads DWLWDW in all competitions, while Chelsea's reads WWLDLW. Both teams are fairly evenly matched going into this derby.

 

Prediction

The safest bet for this match appears to be 'under 2.5 goals'. Here's why:

  • Defensive Solidity: Fulham aim for a third consecutive clean sheet in the Premier League.
  • Poor Conversion: Chelsea have struggled to score despite favorable xG statistics.
  • Historical Precedence: The last three Monday matches between these teams have all ended in draws.
  • Key Absences: Injuries to players like Ben Chilwell for Chelsea could impact offensive capabilities.

Conclusion

While both teams have had their struggles, this West London derby promises to be a closely contested affair. Fulham seem poised to build on their recent form, while Chelsea look to climb out of the bottom half of the table.

For more updates and comprehensive coverage, stay tuned to the official Premier League website. Don't miss this intriguing matchup.

 

Pick: Under 2.5 goals -118

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