Chelsea will hope to exact revenge on local rivals Fulham for a rare Premier League defeat two weeks ago as they host the Whites at Stamford Bridge in a Friday league showdown.
The Blues are riding high after their massive Deadline Day haul to complete the January transfer window, but significant problems still remain on the pitch for Graham Potter.
There are a host of injuries still to work around, and the results have been poor enough that Chelsea sit in 10th place, three spots back of their opponents in this fixture. Still, a win here would see the Blues jump Fulham and kick-start a sensational push for European football next season, which is still very much within reach as almost half the season still remains.
Fulham, meanwhile, are chugging along in the top half of the table, much to the surprise of the Premier League who will not have expected this strong a season from a newly promoted side. The Whites have, however, dropped two straight league games by 1-0 scorelines and will be happy to see Aleksandar Mitrovic leading the line again.
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Chelsea vs Fulham lineups
Chelsea did massive business in the January transfer window, but their squad still looks extremely thin at the moment.
Some injured players are close to a return, but many are not yet ready to retake the field. They are especially thin in midfield, with a host of critical players all either departed or injured.
Fulham, meanwhile, sport a nearly fully fit squad, which has been a big asset to the club as they push up the table under Marco Silva. The Whites have caused top teams significant problems this season, defeating Chelsea last time out, drawing with Liverpool, and fighting hard in close one-goal defeats to Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham, and Newcastle.
Chelsea confirmed starting 11
Chelsea confirmed starting XI (4-2-3-1): Kepa (GK) — James, Badiashile, Silva, Cucurella — Gallagher, Fernandez — Mudryk, Mount, Ziyech — Havertz.
Subs: Bettinelli, Chalobah, Sterling, Chilwell, Koulibaly, Fofana, Azpilicueta, Chukwuemeka, Madueke.
- Injured: Pulisic, Kante, Mendy, Zakaria, Kovacic.
- Suspended: Felix.
Record signing Enzo Fernandez starting for Chelsea was the headline team news. Reece James returned from injury, while Hakim Ziyech was also called upon after his loan to PSG fell short as a result of bungled paperwork. Jorginho is no longer with the club after completing a Deadline Day move to Arsenal.
Joao Felix was on the final game of his three-match suspension picked up for his straight red card in the reverse fixture between these two teams on January 12, while Christian Pulisic, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, and Armando Broja are all confirmed out with long-term injuries.
Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana and Ben Chilwell were on the bench, while Edouard Mendy and Denis Zakaria are all close to a return but were not involved. Mateo Kovacic cropped up with a new calf injury and missed the match.
Fulham confirmed starting 11
Fulham confirmed starting XI (4-2-3-1): Leno (GK) — Tete, Diop, Ream, Robinson — Palhinha, Reed — Reid, Pereira, Willian — Mitrovic.
Subs: Rodak, Tosin, Duffy, Kurzawa, James, Wilson, Cairney, Solomon, Vinicius.
- Injured: Kebano.
- Suspended: None.
Talisman Aleksandar Mitrovic has managed a foot injury since the World Cup and missed the reverse fixture due to a yellow card suspension, but was ready to lead the line at Stamford Bridge.
Deadline day arrivals Sasa Lukic and Cedric are meant to serve squad roles and did not start. Tim Ream, at 35 years old, is the Premier League’s minutes leader, and slotted into his role at the back again.
There is just one player missing for Fulham via injury, as Neeskens Kebano remains out with an Achilles injury – although it’s not a full tear, meaning he should return somewhat soon.
Chelsea vs Fulham live stream, TV channel
|Hong Kong||Now Premier League 1, Now Premier League
|Now Player, Now E|
|India||Star Sports Select 1||JioTV, Disney+ Hotstar|
|Malaysia||Astro Supersport 3||Astro Go|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport Premier League||Sky Sports|
|UK||Sky Sport Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League||Sky Sports|
|USA||USA Network, Universo||fuboTV, Peacock, Universo Now, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo|
UK: The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK.
USA: Friday’s match between Chelsea and Fulham will be broadcast in the United States on USA Network, with a Spanish language broadcast available on Universo. These channels are available to stream via fuboTV. Premier League matches can also be seen in the United States on NBC’s subscription-based streaming service Peacock.
Canada: Premier League matches can be seen in Canada all season long on fuboTV, the nation’s leading streaming service for world-class soccer.
Australia: Australia’s sole broadcaster for the Premier League is Optus Sport, who recently signed a new deal to telecast the product Down Under for the next six seasons until 2028.