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Stamford Bridge Awaits Chelsea-Fulham Duel

Chelsea and Fulham: A Tale of Two Londons

Stamford Bridge Showdown: Derby Day Looms

Chelsea and Fulham prepare for a captivating west London derby this Saturday. With only four points and three league positions separating them, the stakes are high. Fulham, comfortably nestled in mid-table safety, approach the match with a sense of achievement, while Chelsea, under Mauricio Pochettino, find themselves grappling with inconsistency, a far cry from their European ambitions.

Blues’ Inconsistency Meets Fulham’s Road Woes

Chelsea’s recent form has been nothing short of a rollercoaster, exemplified in their midweek loss to Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup semi-final’s first leg. Pochettino’s side has yet to find a rhythm that resonates with the club’s lofty standards. Fulham, on the other hand, despite their consecutive home wins, face a daunting task away from home, having not secured a victory in regular time on the road for over two months, including a Carabao Cup setback at Anfield.

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Team News: Pochettino’s Selection Puzzle

Chelsea’s squad depth faces a test with Christopher Nkunku’s hip injury casting doubt over his participation. The return of Benoit Badiashile and Carney Chukwuemeka offers some solace, but Ben Chilwell’s situation demands caution. Pochettino’s choice to field Cole Palmer as a false nine drew criticism, but hopes are pinned on Armando Broja for a starting role. Nicolas Jackson’s absence due to the Africa Cup of Nations, along with Fulham’s missing trio – Alex Iwobi, Calvin Bassey, and Fode Ballo-Toure – adds another layer to the strategic conundrum.

Fulham’s injury concerns include Tim Ream, who remained benched at Anfield, and a new worry in Harrison Reed. Adama Traore continues to be sidelined.

Rivalry Renewed

The derby isn’t just a game; it’s a continuation of a historical rivalry. Fulham’s memorable win over Chelsea last January stands out, their only victory against the Blues since Luis Boa Morte’s triumph in April 2006. With Chelsea leading the head-to-head record with 51 wins to Fulham’s 12 and 27 draws, the upcoming clash isn’t just a game – it’s a chapter in a long-standing London narrative.

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