Fulham v Chelsea Premier League betting preview and tips

15:05 Sun 03 Mar
Football
England
Premier League
Tip: 2
Units: 1/5
Odds: -167

Chelsea were in the media spotlight for the wrong reasons after the EFL Cup final and it’s hard to work out the damage that was caused by a very public fallout after Kepa refused to leave the pitch against Manchester City.

However, perhaps it will cause the players to unify in their quest for a top four finish this season, with this Chelsea squad packed with quality players and the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain could yet see them join Spurs, Man City and Liverpool in the Champions League places.

The Blues should certainly be head and shoulders above Fulham in this contest, with the Cottagers showing little ambition when losing at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture and they have regularly been found wanting in the Premier League this season.

While Claudio Ranieri has brought about marginal improvement, Fulham still look absolutely doomed for the drop and we can see Chelsea enjoying a workmanlike victory in this game with the minimum of fuss.

Eden Hazard is capable of tormenting a Fulham defence who have been the worst in the Premier League this season, while N’Golo Kante and Jorginho should be able to nullify the visitors every time they come forward.

Higuain might be looking forward to boosting his goals tally after previously bagging a hat-trick against Huddersfield, with the visitors having lost twelve of their fourteen games on the road this term.

Indeed, Ranieri is unlikely to enjoy his return to Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea still capable of packing a punch and it should be noted that they have won eight of their thirteen games on home soil this term.

Chelsea are averaging two goals per home game and continuing this ratio against the second-worst team in the league looks to be a straightforward exercise.

BETTING TIP
Chelsea to win @ 1.60 with bet365

Team News

Fulham: 4-2-3-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Chelsea: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 25
    Sergio Rico
  • 23
    Joe Bryan
  • 13
    Tim Ream
  • 16
    Håvard Nordtveit
  • 04
    Denis Odoi
  • 06
    Kevin McDonald
  • 05
    Calum Chambers
  • 03
    Ryan Sessegnon
  • 10
    Tom Cairney
  • 12
    Ryan Babel
  • 09
    Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 01
    Kepa Arrizabalaga
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 02
    Antonio Rüdiger
  • 27
    Andreas Christensen
  • 33
    Emerson
  • 07
    Ngolo Kante
  • 05
    Jorginho
  • 08
    Ross Barkley
  • 22
    Willian
  • 09
    Gonzalo Higuain
  • 10
    Eden Hazard

Premier League

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Liverpool 31 23 7 1 70:18 76
2 Manchester City 30 23 3 4 76:20 72
3 Tottenham 30 20 1 9 57:32 61
4 Arsenal 30 18 6 6 63:39 60
5 Manchester Unit 30 17 7 6 58:40 58
6 Chelsea 30 17 6 7 50:33 57
7 Wolverhampton W 30 12 8 10 38:36 44
8 Watford 30 12 7 11 42:44 43
9 West Ham 31 12 6 13 41:46 42
10 Everton 31 11 8 12 42:39 41
11 Leicester 31 12 5 14 40:43 41
12 Bournemouth 31 11 5 15 43:56 38
13 Newcastle Unite 31 9 8 14 31:40 35
14 Crystal Palace 30 9 6 15 36:41 33
15 Brighton 29 9 6 14 32:42 33
16 Southampton 30 7 9 14 34:50 30
17 Burnley 31 8 6 17 35:59 30
18 Cardiff 30 8 4 18 27:57 28
19 Fulham 31 4 5 22 29:70 17
20 Huddersfield 31 3 5 23 18:57 14