Game Week 22 Predictions: Chelsea to beat Fulham - Premier League predictions, preview, betting tips and analysis
|Chelsea has lots of points to prove against Fulham after the Lilywhites humbled Graham Potter's side in the first leg, how will Chelsea respond? (Photo credit: Inside Sport)|
Premier League football is back after a short break for FA Cup and League Cup engagements and Chelsea, fresh off their transfer window trophy dash will have the opportunity of showing off their new collections when the Lilywhites come to town on Friday night.
It’s a London Derby, one Chelsea must win to halt the rot and prove they’re not all about the money they’re spending for next season but also looking to finish in European places to make sure their stars don’t regret joining.
Fulham is punching way above weights this season.
For a club that goes down just after coming up is currently sitting in 7th on the premier league log, three places better than Chelsea but the Lilywhites have played a game more than their hosts.
Fulham beat Chelsea in the first leg at Craven Cottage just three game weeks ago,.
It was the debut of loan signing Joao Felix and the Portuguese forward got his fingers burnt as he was given his marching orders shortly after his lively one hour on the pitch.
How will Chelsea line up?
Joao Felix is unavailable for selection due to suspension.
Mhykalo Mudryk and Enzo Fernandez are expected to start following the loss of Jorginho to Arsenal a few days ago.
Fulham will once again sweat on the fitness of Aleksander Mitrovic while Carlos Vinicius can deputize should the Serbian be unavailable.
Sasa Lukic joined from Torino and a loan signing from Arsenal, Cedric Soares can walk straight into the team.
Chelsea must win, there are no two ways about it and they must also play attractive football to save their manager with most believing he’s only in charge for a while following the huge money spent.
Is a marquee manager in the offing?
The weekend is loaded with interesting fixtures, the second half of the season where men are separated from boys.
We can’t wait for the results but it all starts at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea must make a statement.