The Chelsea team’s defeat at Liverpool on Sunday just goes to show that you can take nothing for granted in this season’s Premier League. It also suggests that talk of the Blues running away with the title are a trifle premature, though they were probably unlucky to come up against Fernando Torres in inspired form at Anfield – it’s unlikely the strike force in Fulham’s team will carry the same goal threat at Stamford Bridge.
Didier Drogba was a notable absentee from Chelsea’s starting XI against Liverpool, the Ivorian developing a fever on the night before the game. He played the entire second half on Merseyside, however, so should be fit to face Mark Hughes’ side while Carlo Ancelotti could also have Michael Essien available, the Ghanaian midfielder having missed his team’s last two matches with a toe injury. Frank Lampard’s tendon injury needs a few more days, however.
Fulham weren’t at their best against a below-strength Aston Villa at home on Saturday and needed a last-minute goal from defender Brede Hangeland to salvage a point. The Cottagers are proving hard to beat this season, however, and have only lost once on their travels so far. But, on the other hand, they only have two wins to their name in total and are clearly missing Bobby Zamora’s cutting edge, though Clint Dempsey has been doing his best to make up the shortfall.
Chelsea are getting close to full strength again and Stamford Bridge remains a fortress, but Fulham’s games are rarely goal-filled so we suggest an interest on extrabet’s 6/4 for Under 2.5 total goals.