What are Chelsea and Fulham fighting for?
This match is a West London derby.
But more importantly, it is of great importance for both teams. Although for different reasons.
Chelsea aims to maintain its position in the Top 4 of the Premier League.
And Fulham desperately needs points in the fight for survival.
Chelsea is in shape and with top defense
However, I continue to enjoy the success of the incredible trend of low-scoring and often dry-net Chelsea victories.
In this case, the conditions are just great for new such expectations.
First of all, I would like to note that Chelsea played a very tight cycle of Saturday-Tuesday matches in 10 days.
During this period, they met Manchester City in the semifinals of the FA Cup. Brighton and West Ham for the English Championship.
And of course, the semi-final with Real Madrid in the Champions League.
They did not lose any of these meetings. And despite the many rotations in them.
This shows not only the depth of the team. But also its high quality.
Of course, especially in defense, as we have noted many times, things are just perfect.
These 0.64 xGA ( expected goals conceded ) in 19 matches of all tournaments under Tuhel's leadership are simply phenomenal.
Chelsea have conceded only 2 times more goals during this period. And the net networks are 13 in number.
Quite a shocking achievement.
Fulham began to despair
Fulham have not won 5 games. And they are already 7 points away from salvation.
This condition is well deserved. Not only from their results, but also from the way they play.
Fulham are the team in the weakest form.
Probably this is due to the fact that they are the third most limited team in creating goal positions for the period.
And should I expect them to score a goal against Chelsea?
Prediction for Chelsea - Fulham
Even purely statistically, Chelsea have not lost at home in 18 consecutive games against Fulham. And this is important for derby matches.
Victory for the Blues with a dry net is my choice for prediction.
Top facts and statistics for the match
- Chelsea have lost just 2 of their last 23 games: 15-6-2.
- Chelsea have recorded 9 clean sheets in their last 11 home games.
- Fulham have not won in their last 5 games: 0-1-4.
- Fulham have lost just 1 of their last 11 away games: 2-8-1.
- Fulham have lost their last six games against Chelsea.
- He has under 2.5 goals in 10 of Chelsea's last 11 home games, as well as in 10 of Fulham's 12 away games.
- victory for Chelsea
- security: 8/10
- exact result: 2-0