Fulham starting XI: Stekelenburg, Riether, Heitinga, Hangeland, Richardson, Dejagah, Sidwell, Parker, Dempsey, Kasami, Bent
Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Burn, Kvist, Holtby, Karagounis, Rodallega
Chelsea starting XI: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Matic, Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard, Torres
Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Luiz, Mikel, Willian, Lampard, Ba
Chelsea go into the weekend top of the Premier League, and they will still there if they win away to Fulham this afternoon.
Given their recent record they will be confident, despite the fact that the Cottagers have proved tricky opponents in the past. The Blues are unbeaten in their last 15 league matches against today’s hosts, and Fulham have tasted victory against Chelsea just once in the last 35 years.
Currently bottom of the league, the Fulham will hope the methods of new boss Felix Magath prove to be the right tonic for a club who have struggled for the entire campaign to date.
He has reportedly decided that January signing Kostas Mitroglou is not yet ready for top-flight action, having recently sent two other Rene Meulensteen signings – Ryan Tunnicliffe and Larnell Cole – out on loan.
What do you think the result will be this afternoon?
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