Preview - Fulham vs Chelsea 03 March 19

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Match Day 29
Fulham vs. Chelsea
Sunday, March 3rd 2019
22:05pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Craven Cottage

Last five matches form: W L L L L
Average goals per match: 0.93
Average goals against per match: 2.25
Top Scorer: Aleksandar Mitrović (10)

Last five matches form: L L W L W
Average goals per match: 1.74
Average goals against per match: 1.07
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard (12)

The time is now if Fulham are to somehow begin extricating themselves from what is looking an increasingly dire predicament. Their latest loss at Southampton was enough to spell the end of the Claudio Ranieri reign, leaving the Cottagers second bottom and ten points adrift of safety with only ten games to play.

Unfortunately for Fulham this week's visitors to Craven Cottage are a Chelsea side who are playing well at present and need the points themselves as they bid to break back into the top four.

Chelsea saw off Fulham with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge in the reverse of this fixture. The last game between the sides here at Craven Cottage came back in 2014 and resulted in a 3-1 Chelsea success.

Just two injuries for Scott Parker to contend with as he takes over in a caretaker role. Alfie Mawson and Marcus Bettinelli the men to mis out. Chelsea look to have a fully fit squad from which to select.

Fulham have now won just two of their past 15 in the league as they look set to pay the price for a defence which simply isn't good enough for this division. They have conceded two or more goals in each of their past eight in the Premier League.

Chelsea arrive on the back of a morale boosting victory over Spurs and really are playing some good - and well organised - football at present.

Chelsea boast a big edge going forward and an even bigger edge at the back. They can be expected to add to Fulham's woes here.

Prediction: Fulham 0 - 2 Chelsea


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  12 - 20
Shots on target: 5 - 7
Corner Kicks: 5 - 4
Possession: 36% - 64%

Calum Chambers and Kevin McDonald were booked for the home side at Craven Cottage, with referee Graham Scott also taking the name of Jorginho of Chelsea.

A new manager - albeit temporary - but the same result as Fulham lost again. The home side, for whom a recalled Ryan Sessegnon was the only change, certainly weren't disgraced and can't be faulted for effort and endeavour, but in the end didn't quite have enough to get anything from a Chelsea outfit playing with their tails up.

The opener came in the 20th minute. Gonzalo Higuaín - who had already sent a decent headed chance wide - getting on the end of a low ball in from the right by Cezar Azpilicueta to sweep the ball into the bottom right from around eight yards and in line with the right corner of the six yard box.

Credit Fulham though, they did come back into it. The recalled Kepa Arrizabalaga producing one sensational stop to repel a rocket of a volley from Aleksandar Mitrović.

And then in the 28th minute the home side did find an equaliser. Ryan Babel's ball in from the left evading everyone bar Calum Chambers all alone seven yards from goal at the far post, Chambers sending his effort down into the ground and in to the right-hand side.

The Cottagers were level for all of three minutes. Eden Hazard taking the ball into the left of the area and spotting Jorginho free just outside the eighteen-yard box. Excellent first-time finish from the midfield man into the top right. Keeper no chance. 1-2 at the break.

Fulham had a couple of half-chances in the second half, but mainly from range and never really looked like finding the equaliser. 1-2 it finished.

Fulham remain second bottom of the table. Ten points adrift of safety with only nine to play, they are going to need a miracle Chelsea stay in sixth but are only two points behind fourth placed Manchester United and do still have a game in hand.

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