Fulham 2-1 Chelsea FC LIVE! Crisis continues - Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today

Fulham 2-1 Chelsea FC LIVE! Crisis continues - Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today

Joao Felix was sent off on his Chelsea debut as a 2-1 defeat at Fulham piled more pressure on under-fire Blues boss Graham Potter.

The Portugal forward joined on loan from Atletico Madrid on Wednesday and started at Craven Cottage, but only lasted 58 minutes before he was dismissed for a dangerous high-footed challenge on Kenny Tete.

The score was 1-1 at the time after Kalidou Koulibaly cancelled out Chelsea old boy Willian’s opener, only for Carlos Vinicius’ header to leave Potter’s side in 10th with one win in their last nine Premier League matches and 10 points off the top four.

The result lifted Fulham up to sixth, four points off fourth-placed Manchester United, after a fourth consecutive victory.

Felix was fast-tracked into the side and impressed throughout the first half, but he will now miss three matches and join the lengthy list of unavailable players to Potter.

Felix almost had an instant impact, with some clever wide play to set up Kai Havertz, and the ball fell to Lewis Hall after a rebound, but his shot was straight at Bernd Leno.

Chelsea dominated the ball in the early part of the first half, but it was the home side who came closest to taking the lead, when Bobby Decordova-Reid found himself unmarked in the box, and his strike rebounded off the crossbar.

Fulham broke the deadlock almost immediately afterwards when Willian, on the edge of the box, beat the defender and saw a shot deflect past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The former Chelsea player remained respectful to the club he previously represented by not celebrating only his second goal for Fulham.

Fulham kept the pressure on until the end of the first half, with Chelsea struggling to impose themselves in the same manner as they had before the goal.

Chelsea equalised early in the second half, when a Mason Mount free-kick was just bundled in by Koulibaly, with the technology confirming the ball had crossed the line before Leno was able to gather.

Felix’s debut came to a crashing end when he went flying into a challenge in the middle of the pitch, catching Tete mid-shin with his studs up, and was shown the red card immediately by referee David Coote.

Fulham capitalised with the numerical advantage, when Vinicius beat the Chelsea defenders to head home an Andreas Pereira cross at the far post.

Vinicius was brought into the side in place of the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic - who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Leicester in the previous Premier League match - but made the most of his opportunity by restoring Fulham’s lead in the 73rd minute.

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Fulham FC 2 - 1 Chelsea FC

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23:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

Thank you for joining Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Chelsea’s defeat at Fulham.

Find report, ratings, analysis and reaction below!

Graham Potter delivers verdict on Joao Felix red card as bad luck continues

23:31 , Jonathan Gorrie

Graham Potter denies that Joao Felix lost his head after being sent off for a two-footed tackle in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat away at Fulham.

The 23-year-old impressed on his debut before being dismissed in the 58th minute for a foul on Kenny Tete.

It was the turning point that put Chelsea on the back foot after they were pushing for an equaliser after Kalidou Koulibaly’s strike earlier in the half.

Read Potter’s quotes in full here!

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The night maverick Joao Felix was infected by Chelsea’s madness

22:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

It says a lot about Chelsea that Joao Felix -- a player who completed one training session, was out of form at Atletico Madrid and who only arrive in the country on Tuesday -- was their standout away at Fulham.

The 23-year-old’s second touch was a nutmeg and the third was a skillful flick to win a free-kick in midfield. His six shots helped Chelsea beat their average number per game after just 34 minutes.

Unfortunately for Graham Potter and Chelsea, however, nothing is going to plan. In a moment of madness, Felix cost his team with a brainless two-footed tackle on Kenny Tete in the 58th minute.

Read Nizaar Kinsella’s full analysis here!

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Chelsea player ratings: Kepa caught out; Felix’s shock crazy moment

22:13 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea’s crisis deepened after a 2-1 defeat away to newly promoted Fulham who piled pressure on Graham Potter and his failing team.

In the absence of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Carlos Vinicius proved the match-winner by heading in Andreas Pereira’s cross.

Willian had opened the scoring in the first half with a deflected shot but Kalidou Koulibaly scored an equaliser after a goal-mouth scramble.

On his Chelsea debut, Joao Felix was exceptional but got sent off in the 58th minute, costing his team when they were pushing for the winning goal.

Nizaar Kinsella was at Craven Cottage watching over the struggling Blues side.

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Felix dismissed as Chelsea crisis deepens away at Fulham

22:12 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea’s Joao Felix endured a nightmare debut when he was sent off in a 2-1 Premier League defeat at local rivals Fulham on Thursday to increase the pressure on manager Graham Potter.

The Portugal forward looked sharp one day after completing a loan move from Atletico Madrid but he was shown a straight red card in the 58th minute for a reckless tackle on Fulham defender Kenny Tete when the score was 1-1.

Fulham made the most of the man advantage when Brazilian forward Carlos Vinicius, standing in for the club’s suspended top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic, put the hosts back in front in the 73rd minute with a clever header.

Read our full match report here!

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FT: Fulham 2-1 Chelsea

21:57 , Jonathan Gorrie

Vincius and Willian put Chelsea to the sword as pressure grows on Graham Potter.

CHANCE FOR CHELSEA!

21:46 , Jonathan Gorrie

84 mins: Havertz just misses an overhead kick!

Fulham change

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GOAL! Fulham 2-1 Chelsea | Carlos Vinicius ‘70

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70 mins: Vinicius’ towering header puts the hosts back in front!

Fulham changes

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Nizaar Kinsella at Craven Cottage

21:22 , Jonathan Gorrie

Joao Felix was having a near-perfect debut, the Portugal international produces a two-footed tackle to see red. Chelsea is an incredible club at times.

RED CARD! Joao Felix sent off!

21:18 , Jonathan Gorrie

56 mins: AWFUL challenge from Felix on Tete.

What looked like a dream debut turns into a nightmare.

Nizaar Kinsella at Craven Cottage

21:16 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea can’t enjoy themselves for long and, after scoring, Denis Zakaria goes off with a knee injury. The worst thing about it is he did it sparking a counterattack that Kai Havertz wasted.

Another Chelsea injury blow

21:15 , Jonathan Gorrie

54 mins: Zakaria now looks like he needs to come off.

Chelsea have no luck on the injury front, do they?

GOAL! Fulham 1-1 Chelsea | Kalidou Koulibaly ‘46

21:08 , Jonathan Gorrie

46 mins: Mount’s brilliant free-kick is saved by Leno but Kalidou Koulibaly taps in from close range!

Game on!

Back underway!

21:05 , Jonathan Gorrie

45 mins: Off we go! No changes at the break.

A sight Chelsea fans will NOT enjoy

20:55 , Jonathan Gorrie

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HT: Fulham 1-0 Chelsea

20:49 , Jonathan Gorrie

For all the talk about Joao Felix, it is a Chelsea old boy Willian who has proven the difference.

Three minutes added on

20:47 , Jonathan Gorrie

45 mins: Fulham looking the far more likely to score before the break here.

Fulham pressure

20:44 , Jonathan Gorrie

43 mins: Kepa and Silva working to boot the ball away as Fulham cause so many problems going forward.

CHANCE FOR CHELSEA

20:41 , Jonathan Gorrie

40 mins: Leno forced into another big save from Felix.

When Chelsea win the ball high up the pitch, the Portuguese seems to come to life.

CHANCE FOR CHELSEA

20:35 , Jonathan Gorrie

34 mins: Leno pulled into a big save from Hall from close range.

Graham Potter getting some rough treatment

20:34 , Jonathan Gorrie

33 mins: “You’re getting sacked in the morning” sings the home support...

Fairly unlucky for Chelsea

20:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

28 mins: They’ve hardly been brilliant tonight but Potter’s side did show some sort of reaction from Sunday’s loss to Manchester City.

To fall behind because of a deflected goal is somewhat unlucky.

Nizaar Kinsella at Craven Cottage

20:28 , Jonathan Gorrie

Wow, it had to be Willian. The 34-year-old former Chelsea winger sees his shot deflected off Chalobah and into Kepa’s net.

GOAL! Fulham 1-0 Chelsea | Willian ‘23

20:25 , Jonathan Gorrie

23 mins: No celebration from Willian but the former Chelsea man sees his shot deflected past Kepa!

CHANCE FOR FULHAM!

20:24 , Jonathan Gorrie

22 mins: Chalobah loose on the ball, allowing Vinicius to back into Silva and tee up Decordova-Reid, who hits the bar from close range!

Denied!

20:17 , Jonathan Gorrie

15 mins: VAR decide there’s no foul.

Fulham want a penalty

20:16 , Jonathan Gorrie

14 mins: Zakaria collides with Vinicius in the box...

ALMOST FOR FELIX!

20:15 , Jonathan Gorrie

13 mins: Mount’s cross finds an offside Felix, who can’t quite direct his first-time shot goalward anyway.

Still, some really nice quick play between the pair and Kai Havertz.

Good defending from Chelsea

20:13 , Jonathan Gorrie

12 mins: Fulham are starting to get on the ball, with Robinson and Reed seeing much of it. So far, however, Chelsea have stood firm.

Nizaar Kinsella at Craven Cottage

20:12 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea supporters are already chanting: “Joao Felix - he comes from Portugal, he hates the Arsenal.” It is only nine minutes into his debut but he has been great.

CHANCE FOR FULHAM!

20:09 , Jonathan Gorrie

7 mins: Nice swivel and shot from Vinicius, though the Fulham forward drags it just wide from a difficult angle.

Nizaar Kinsella at Craven Cottage

20:05 , Jonathan Gorrie

Joao Felix’s second touch for Chelsea was a nutmeg. Already more excitement than the past few weeks for Chelsea but a shame Lewis Hall missed quite an easy chance.

CHANCE FOR CHELSEA!

20:03 , Jonathan Gorrie

02 mins: Brilliant bit of skill from Felix to check inside Ream before teeing up Havertz, who hits a weak shot at Leno and Hall cannot score the follow-up.

Confident Chelsea start

20:02 , Jonathan Gorrie

01 mins: Hardly hell-for-leather at the moment but Chelsea are passing the ball around nicely.

KICK-OFF

20:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

0 mins: Away we go!

Nizaar Kinsella at Craven Cottage

20:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Joao Felix was part of a Chelsea huddle ahead of kick-off. He is starting the game on the left of Chelsea’s attack.

Nizaar Kinsella at Craven Cottage

19:59 , Jonathan Gorrie

A round of applause is given for Gianluca Vialli, a Chelsea legend who sadly died last week.

Nizaar Kinsella’s pre-match verdict

19:43 , Jonathan Gorrie

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Graham Potter explains Felix decision

19:39 , Jonathan Gorrie

“Physically he is ok, obviously he is in adaptation time which is not optimal. With the quality he has, we thought it was the right decision to put him in.”

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Felix first words after completing loan move to Chelsea

19:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

Joao Felix has labelled Chelsea “one of the great teams in the world” after completing his loan move from Atletico Madrid.

The 23-year-old has joined the Blues for the rest of the season, after extending his deal at Atletico through to 2027.

Arsenal and Manchester United were among the other clubs interested in Felix, but he has opted to make the move to Stamford Bridge.

Read the full story here!

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Latest odds

19:24 , Jonathan Gorrie

Betfair: Fulham vs Chelsea

Fulham: 29/10

Chelsea: 19/20

Draw: 5/2

Betfair: Top Four

Man City: 1/200

Arsenal: 1/40

Man Utd: 4/9

Newcastle: 10/11

Liverpool: EVS

Tottenham: 11/5

Chelsea: 6/1

Nizaar Kinsella at Craven Cottage

19:08 , Jonathan Gorrie

An incredibly bold decision by Graham Potter to start new signing Joao Felix after just one training session. Kai Havertz and not Pierre Emerick Aubameyang preferred as his strike partner is also a bold call.

Two similar players who many thought might struggle to play together.

In from the start!

19:06 , Jonathan Gorrie

Signed yesterday, playing today.

That is some turnaround for Joao Felix.

Confirmed Chelsea lineup: Felix debut

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Confirmed Fulham lineup

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Joao Felix arrives

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Chelsea handed new Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer option after FIFA rules thwart two clubs

18:28 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea will likely be stuck with transfer flop Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang until the summer after FIFA and LaLiga regulations ruled out two possible exits.

Standard Sport understands the summer signing has not been made available for transfer but was the subject of an enquiry from Atletico Madrid during negotiations for Joao Felix to head the other way.

It soon came to light that Aubameyang would be unable to join Atleti having already played for both Chelsea and Barcelona this season, and FIFA rules restrict a player from appearing for three clubs during the same domestic calendar.

Read the full story here!

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Felix to start?

18:19 , Jonathan Gorrie

It looks as if Joao Felix could START at Craven Cottage tonight...

Potter insists Chelsea suffering from leadership vacuum after staff overhaul

18:13 , Jonathan Gorrie

Graham Potter admits Chelsea are struggling with a leadership vacuum left by the huge turnover of senior staff since the club was taken over last year.

The Blues travel to Fulham on Thursday night, with their season threatening to unravel and Potter under pressure to arrest a run of just one win in eight Premier League games.

Read the full story here!

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Chelsea beware: How Willian went from Arsenal flop to Fulham leader

17:57 , Jonathan Gorrie

Few predicted Fulham would be flying so high this season, and even less tipped Willian to be one of the reasons why.

The Cottagers have been one of the stories of the season, and victory at home against Chelsea on Thursday will move them to within four points of the Champions League places. They have won four games in a row in all competitions since the World Cup and their transformation from yo-yo team to Euro contenders has been remarkable.

Just as impressive is the brilliant form of Willian, especially when you consider his best years looked behind him when he ripped up his Arsenal contract in 2021. The big question when the Brazilian joined Fulham on a free transfer on deadline day last summer was whether he could be anything like the player he once was at Chelsea?

Read the full story here!

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Chelsea working to terminate Bakayoko deal after disastrous AC Milan loan

17:49 , Jonathan Gorrie

Chelsea are working to release Tiemoue Bakayoko from his contract after a disastrous loan spell at AC Milan.

The 28-year-old has been stuck as an unused substitute on the San Siro bench as Milan try to avoid triggering an automatic £13million purchase clause based on appearances.

The one-time France international hasn’t played for Milan since May as they aim to keep him from reaching the mark of 15 appearances across the two-year loan stint that would trigger the clause.

Read the full story here!

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Three ways Chelsea could line up with Joao Felix in new-look attack

17:40 , Jonathan Gorrie

Joao Felix has been drafted in on loan to help save Chelsea’s season and improve Graham Potter’s failing attack.

The 23-year-old has moved to Stamford Bridge on a deal until the end of the season that has cost £8million plus his £270,000-a-week wages.

Potter will hope Felix can quickly adapt to English football but the Chelsea manager has said that “from a physical perspective he can go in”.

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Prediction: 1-1 draw

17:33 , Jonathan Gorrie

No match looks easy for Chelsea at the moment, but a derby at Craven Cottage really will be a test as Fulham continue to impress on their return to the Premier League.

With a long injury list and an attack short of confidence, it could be another frustrating night for Potter’s side.

Draw, 1-1

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Chelsea team news: Joao Felix could make debut

17:32 , Jonathan Gorrie

Joao Felix is in line for his first minutes as a Chelsea player having arrived on loan from Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was absent from the squad thumped by Manchester City in the FA Cup due to a minor back injury, but is expected to be fit to start if required.

Denis Zakaria will hope to return to Chelsea’s starting XI after coming off the bench at the Etihad Stadium, while Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta are also expected to come back into the side. Raheem Sterling missed out against City and will be absent for the foreseeable with injury, while Christian Pulisic has been ruled out until March.

Reece James, Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell, Armando Broja and Edouard Mendy are all still unavailable, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is unlikely to be risked yet despite returning to training.

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Fulham team news: Mitrovic suspended

17:31 , Jonathan Gorrie

Fulham will be without Aleksandar Mitrovic tonight in a huge blow to Marco Silva, after the striker picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Leicester.

Carlos Vinicius is likely to replace Fulham’s talisman, while Layvin Kurzawa is in contention to make his second Premier League start of the season. Willian could feature against his former club. Neeskens Kebano is out and Shane Duffy doubtful.

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Where to watch Fulham vs Chelsea

17:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

TV channel: In the UK, the game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Coverage begins at 7pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the contest online via the BT Sport website or app.

Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog, featuring expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at Craven Cottage.

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Welcome

17:23 , Jonathan Gorrie

Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Chelsea’s trip to west London rivals Fulham tonight.

Blues boss Graham Potter is under huge pressure heading into this one, while the home side are currently the capital’s best team.

Kick-off from Craven Cottage is at 8pm GMT.

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