Sunday 2 December, kick-off 12pm
Stamford Bridge – Premier League
This Premier League preview kicks off derby day on Sunday, as Chelsea host Fulham at Stamford Bridge. Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is looking for a reaction after falling to a first defeat last weekend, but the Cottagers are on a high with former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri in the dugout.
Fulham have already conceded a league-high 33 goals this season, so Chelsea will surely score. The question is whether the visitors will. They have some gifted forwards, so there’s every chance they will against a Blues defence that was poor last weekend. Both teams to score is 19/20 in your football predictions for today, and you can add Chelsea to that bet as the winners for 6/4 with Betfred. The Blues are 10/1 with the same bookmaker to win 3-1, like they did the last time they played Fulham.
Chelsea to win and both teams to score
Eden Hazard should’ve had a penalty against Tottenham, and that could’ve completely changed last weekend’s game. The Belgian is Chelsea’s biggest threat, and has seven Premier League goals this season. He is 16/5 with Betfair to score first in this Chelsea vs Fulham prediction, and 5/6 in the anytime market. Hazard is 37/1 to open the scoring in a 3-1 Blues win.
Eden Hazard to score first
It’s very tough to see this one ending goalless. If Fulham are going to get anything from the game, they’ll surely have to score. With that in mind, a 1-1 draw is 16/1 with bet365 as part of the best football betting tips for Sunday’s match. With Hazard scoring first the odds are 85/1, or 90/1 with Aleksandar Mitrovic.
What’s the story with Chelsea vs Fulham?
Is Chelsea vs Fulham on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on Sky Sports.
What happened last time? Andre Schurrle scored a hat-trick for Chelsea as the Blues won 3-1 at Craven Cottage in March 2014. The teams haven’t met since, and Schurrle will turn out for Fulham against his former club this weekend.
What are the Chelsea vs Fulham odds? Chelsea are huge favourites in your Premier League predictions, priced at 1/5. Fulham are available at 18/1 with Betfred, while the draw is 15/2.
Remember that time…Clint Dempsey was Chelsea’s nemesis? These two local rivals drew four Premier League matches in a row between 2011 and 2012, with the American forward scoring two equalisers for the Cottagers.
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Eden Hazard is expected to be fit after missing Chelsea’s comfortable 4-0 Europa League victory over PAOK. Victor Moses is the only other injury concern for Sarri heading into these Chelsea v Fulham predictions. Some Blues supporters have called for Cesc Fabregas to start after a strong performance on Thursday. Sarri is unlikely to take Jorginho out of the side though, despite a poor performance against Tottenham last weekend.
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Claudio Ranieri also has two players on the treatment table ahead of this derby. Kevin McDonald is expected to miss out with a hamstring injury, while Andre Zambo Anguissa has a knock. That means Aleksandar Mitrovic will lead the line after rediscovering his scoring touch with a brace against Southampton.
Chelsea vs Fulham prediction, preview and betting tips
Fulham come into this west London derby looking for their first win against Chelsea for over 12 years. That’s going to be a very tough ask for the Whites at Stamford Bridge though, with the Blues in good form this season. However, the visitors now have a miracle worker in charge, and are on a high after their victory last weekend.
Chelsea are 1/5 in your football predictions, as they look to put last weekend’s loss at Tottenham behind them. That was the Blues’ first defeat of the season, and puts them seven points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City. Chelsea have won their last three games against Fulham by two goals, and they have the players to win again.
The away team are 18/1 in your Chelsea v Fulham betting tips, so the bookmakers don’t fancy them much. The Cottagers are the only Premier League side yet to keep a clean sheet this season. They conceded twice in beating goal-shy Southampton last weekend. Ranieri has had a positive impact on the club, but winning at his former home looks out of reach.
The draw is 15/2 and that’d be an excellent result for the visitors in this Chelsea v Fulham prediction. Only Southampton have drawn more games than Chelsea’s four, while a point would be huge for bottom club Fulham. The Whites did hold the Blues to four successive Premier League draws not too long ago, but the most recent game in that run was back in 2012. A lot’s changed at both clubs since then.
Olivier Giroud is 4/1 to open the scoring. The Frenchman scored Chelsea’s first two goals against PAOK, but he could be back on the bench on Sunday. Giroud became just the second Premier League player to score 20 goals as a substitute against Tottenham, and he’s the same price to score last. Alvaro Morata could be restored to the starting line-up, and he’s 9/2 in your first goalscorer predictions. For Fulham, Mitrovic is 12/1 after taking his tally to seven last weekend.
Not exactly a long-suffering Manchester City fan, Tom’s favourite moment supporting the Blues was being a young lad at Wembley for Paul Dickov’s equaliser in the 1999 play-off final against Gillingham. He follows La Liga closely too, and has lots of experience writing about sports betting including F1, tennis and golf.