Fulham vs Chelsea Prediction and Analysis
Fulham host Chelsea in this London derby, which is a postponed 7th round match in the English Premier League.
The Cottagers come into this home fixture in great form and 3 places higher in the table than Chelsea.
Marco Silva's formation is certainly one of the blockbusters in the Premier League in the 2022/23 season.
Especially since they are one of the newcomers to the Premier League this year.
Before today's match, Fulham are level on points with a team like Liverpool.
And if they manage to win today, they will be only 4 points closer to the Top 4 in the standings.
I think I will bet on this option - a victory for the home team.
Although Chelsea have completely dominated the last 7 direct matches - 7 consecutive victories.
But today Blues coach Graham Potter will be without the services of many of his stars .
This will inevitably weaken his composition a lot.
Who is in poor form anyway - 1-1-6 in his previous 8 games.
Fulham will be missing their leader - Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is suspended .
But even without him, the Cottagers look capable of winning today, especially on the back of their 4-game winning streak before this game.
Fulham - statistics and info
Fulham returned to action with excellent results after the World Cup break.
They beat Crystal Palace, Southampton and Leicester in the Championship before easily going past Hull City in the FA Cup.
With just one goal conceded in those matches.
Lavin Kurzawa and Dan James did the damage for the Tigers in a 2-0 win at MKM Stadium on Saturday.
Marco Silva was pleased to see his side maintain their recent momentum, stating:
"It's fantastic. I was talking about the winning mentality and the desire.
It's really hard to keep playing games at this level every three days."
In the match against Hull, the manager of Fulham made many changes in his composition .
As the leader of the team, Aleksandar Mitrovic was also among the rest.
The Serbian ace in the team's attack is suspended for today's match.
Admittedly, Mitrovic will be sorely missed here .
Having already scored against Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham among his 11 top-flight goals this season.
However, the Cottagers performed well when Carlos Vinicius replaced the Serbian striker through injury against the two Manchester clubs in November.
Chelsea - statistics and info
Chelsea will try to get away after back-to-back defeats against Manchester City.
As the team lost 0-1 at home in the Championship before being beaten 0-4 in the FA Cup at the Etihad.
The Blues have lost 7 and won just 2 of their last 10 matches in all competitions.
"It's a difficult moment," defender Trevor Chalobah told the club website.
"We can only look at ourselves.
We have injuries but we have to use the players we have and come out of this difficult period.
We don't want to complain."
Supporters chanted the name of former head coach Thomas Tuchel during the defeat by Man City.
But the board are not believed to be considering sacking Graham Potter as manager at this stage.
He had 10 first-team players unavailable for Sunday's game.
Including Raheem Sterling and £75m summer signing Wesley Fofana.
Reece James, Ben Chilwell and N'Golo Kante are long-term absentees. While Christian Pulisic is another significant loss.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Flax; Tete, Ream, Adarabioyo, Robinson; Reed, Palinha; De Cordova-Reid, Pereira, Willian; Vinicius
Punished : Mitrovic
Lineup: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Coulibaly, Silva, Cucurella; Kovacic, Zakaria, Jorginho; Ziech, Havertz, Mount
Injured: Mendy, Kante, James, Broja, W. Fofana, Pulisic, Sterling
Questionable : Chilwell, Loftus-Cheek, Aubameyang
League standings and form