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Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are in the hunt for Champions League qualification via a top-four finish, and took a big step towards that goal with a 1-0 win at West Ham last weekend to give themselves a three-point cushion in fourth place.
The Blues may still end up qualifying for next season’s Champions League by winning the competition this year, but Tuchel will not want to rely on knockout football to plan for next term - and Roman Abramovich is not an owner known for letting managers miss key targets.
As for Fulham, Scott Parker’s side have put in plenty of spirited performances since being promoted last season, but they are coming up short at both ends of the pitch.
Arsenal fought back for a last-gasp draw last weekend to leave the Cottagers seven points adrift of safety with five games to play, and realistically nothing less than a derby win at Stamford Bridge will do.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Chelsea vs Fulham is scheduled for a 5:30pm BST kick-off on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
The match will be held behind closed doors at Stamford Bridge.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Fulham
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.
Chelsea vs Fulham team news
Mateo Kovacic has failed to beat his hamstring injury in time to feature for Chelsea in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Fulham.
The Croatia midfielder has suffered a minor setback, and could now be a doubt for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against his former club Real Madrid.
Toni Rudiger will also miss the Fulham clash with a minor knock.
Chelsea provisional squad: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Christensen, Jorginho, Silva, Kante, Abraham, Pulisic, Werner, Caballero, Zouma, Mendy, Giroud, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Ziyech, James, Azpilicueta, Havertz, Palmieri, Gilmour, Anjorin.
Fulham captain Tom Cairney has been stepping up his recovery from a long-term knee injury which has kept him sidelined since December, and Parker is hopeful the midfielder will be able to play some role before the end of the season, although Saturday’s clash will come too soon.
Terence Kongolo remains sidelined for the remainder of the season, in what has been the latest in a long list of injuries.
Provisional Fulham squad: Areola, Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Decordova-Reid, Anguissa, Lemina, Lookman, Maja, Cavaleiro, Fabri, Hector, Ream, Odoi, Bryan, Onomah, Loftus-Cheek, Mitrovic.
Chelsea vs Fulham lineups
Chelsea XI: Mendy; Zouma, Silva, Christensen; James, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Ziyech, Mount; Havertz
Fulham XI: Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson; Decordova-Reid, Lemina, Zambo Anguissa, Lookman; Maja, Mitrovic
Chelsea vs Fulham prediction
Fulham have an awful Premier League record against Chelsea, winning just once in 29 matches.
Parker’s side will need to put in a big performance to take something away from the Bridge, but you suspect that even with Tuchel likely to switch up his squad, Chelsea should still take the win.
Chelsea 2-1 Fulham
Chelsea vs Fulham head to head (h2h) results
Premier League record
Chelsea wins: 18
Fulham wins: 1
Last meeting: Fulham 0-1 Chelsea (16/01/2021)
Chelsea vs Fulham odds and betting tips
Chelsea to win: 4/9
Fulham to win: 7/1
Chelsea to win 2/1: 7/1
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