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Are Fulham Ready to Outshine Chelsea in Premier League Duel?

Battle in West London: Fulham Host Chelsea

In the heart of West London, a duel beckons that not only stirs the Premier League pot but also underlines the fragile state of affairs for both Fulham and Chelsea.

From Brighton Blues to Craven Cottage Hopes

Fresh from a nail-biting victory over Brighton in the Carabao Cup, Chelsea, led by the strategic Mauricio Pochettino, set their sights on Fulham. It’s a ground that haunted them last season. Victory in Craven Cottage won’t just be about securing three points; it’s about rebuilding a reputation.

Fulham’s Ambition under Starry Skies

On the other side, Fulham, following their win against Championship’s Norwich City, have an unmistakable spring in their step. Occupying a position above Chelsea, they’re showing the Premier League that they’re not just here to participate. However, Monday’s outcome might just give the league table a shuffle.

Clash Details:

  • Location: Craven Cottage, London
  • Date: 2nd October, Monday
  • Kick-off: 20:00 BST
  • Referee: Tim Robinson
  • VAR: Mark Scholes

Historic Face-Offs

Over the past five meetings:

  • Fulham: Secured 1 victory
  • Chelsea: Took home 3
  • Stalemates: 1

Their most recent skirmish ended in a goalless stalemate earlier this year.

Where to Catch the Action

In the UK: Tune into Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, and more. Across the pond in the US: Options range from NBC Sports App, USA Network to fuboTV.

Team Insights

Fulham’s Quandaries:

Marco Silva might have a few sleepless nights. Tosin Adarabioyo and Adama Traore are confirmed misses due to injuries sustained in mid-September. While Kenny Tete seems poised for a comeback, Calvin Bassey’s status remains questionable.

Possible Fulham Formation (4-2-3-1): Leno; Tete, Ream, Diop, Robinson; Reed, Palhinha; Decordova-Reid, Pereira, Willian; Jimenez.

Chelsea’s Injury Blues:

Chelsea’s woes aren’t merely limited to tactics. Ben Chilwell’s hamstring concern and Nicolas Jackson’s rash collection of yellow cards compound Pochettino’s challenges. Add to that list Malo Gusto’s suspension and it’s a perfect storm.

Likely Chelsea Lineup (4-2-3-1): Sanchez; Cucurella, Disasi, Silva, Colwill; Caicedo, Gallagher; Palmer, Fernandez, Mudryk; Sterling.

The Final Whistle’s Echo

Chelsea might have managed to squeeze past Brighton, but it was far from a commanding display. A shaky defence, coupled with Jackson’s suspension, poses a fresh set of challenges for Pochettino.

Fulham, having emerged victorious in this fixture last season, will be keen on a repeat. With the return of Joao Palhinha, their form seems to be on an upswing.

Prediction: Fulham 2-1 Chelsea.

In this unpredictable Premier League season, the streets of West London will surely be echoing with anticipation and excitement come Monday night.

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