Chelsea v Fulham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 28, 2018
Stamford Bridge - Premier League
Chelsea welcome former boss Claudio Ranieri back to Stamford Bridge in what promises to be an intriguing West London derby on Sunday lunchtime.
Chelsea beat Fulham home and away, when the Cottagers were last in the Premier League, back in the 2013-14 season. The interesting thing to note from the last meeting was Chelsea's match winner Andre Scchurrle, who scored a hat trick, with the German international set to line up against Maurizio Sarri's side on Sunday.
Chelsea do have fitness concern over talisman Eden Hazard, with the Belgian international picking up an ankle injury in their defeat to Tottenham last weekend. He will sit out their Europa League game at home to PAOK Salonika on Thursday, and Sarri will make a decision later in the week.
Ranieri has injury concerns in midfield with Kevin McDonald and Franck Zambo both struggling with knocks that caused them to miss the Italian's first game in charge, against Southampton last weekend.
Chelsea v Fulham Predictions and Preview
The Blues stumbled against Spurs last weekend, going down 3-1 at Wembley Stadium in their first Premier League defeat of the season.
Ranieri, on the other hand, enjoyed a dream debut as Fulham's new boss, beating Mark Hughes' Southampton 3-2, to register just their second win of the Premier League season.
The signs do look positive that he can save them from relegation, despite remaining at the foot of the Premier League table, but this clash may be too much too soon for Ranieri.
Chelsea and Sarri are a wounded beast following the Tottenham result, and they will be demanding a reaction on Sunday. Prior to their last two games, Chelsea have been in good goal scoring form, and a Chelsea win and over 2.5 total goals scored comes in at 2/5.
If Fulham are to impose themselves on this game then they need star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to continue his run of form that saw him net twice against Southampton and the Serbian international is at 11/4 to score anytime.
Chelsea to win 2-1 at 17/2
Sarri and his players know that they can afford no more slip ups if they are to keep pace with Manchester City and Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title this season. They need to pick up all three points here, even if the performance is not as dominant as they would like.
Alvaro Morata to score first at 3/1
Spanish international Morata is likely to be given another chance by Sarri, despite his low key performance against Spurs and a goal for substitute Olivier Giroud in that game. He has five league goals so far this season, and he will need to be on form to repay his manager's faith.