Fulham were at first due to host Chelsea on Friday night, yet the match was rescheduled when the Cottagers were squeezed right into it on Wednesday to play their deferred apparatus against Tottenham Hotspur.
In what was the club’s first Premier League game since Boxing Day, Scott Parker’s side asserted a point at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Ivan Cavaleiro counteracting a first-half exertion from Harry Kane.
Fulham have now drawn every one of their last five against Liverpool, Brighton and Hove Albion, Newcastle United, Southampton and Tottenham, however they have just won once since the beginning of November and as of now plunk down in eighteenth position in the table, two points behind seventeenth set Brighton.
The Whites have just overseen one away win in the EPL this term, however they recorded a 2-0 triumph at Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup a weekend ago, and there is no doubt that Wednesday’s exhibition and result against Tottenham will have left them feeling sure heading into the derby.
Chelsea, then, were likewise in FA Cup activity a weekend ago, serenely dispatching Morecambe by four clear goals to slide their way into the fourth round of the opposition.
The Blues have lost two of their last three in the Premier League, however, including a 3-1 home defeat to Manchester City toward the beginning of the month.
Lampard’s side have really won only one of their last six in the league, which has seen them drop down to 10th position in the table, presently 10 points off pioneers Manchester United.
There is accepted to be pressure expanding on Lampard, and a helpless outcome this end of the week would leave the club’s previous midfielder in a predicament in front of a troublesome outing to Leicester City on January 19.
Chelsea’s record over Fulham is extraordinarily solid, however, having not lost to their adversaries in the league since March 2006 when Luis Boa Morte scored the champ at Craven Cottage and the Blues will focus on a 6th consecutive triumph over the Cottagers on this day.
Fulham will again be without the administrations of Tom Cairney and Mario Lemina through injury, while Aleksandar Mitrovic is an uncertainty for the challenge at Craven Cottage yet could be included.
The Cottagers will likewise be not able to call upon Ruben Loftus-Cheek as the England global is ineligible against his parent club, implying that Ademola Lookman could be the starter.
Parker is relied upon to oppose the compulsion to rearrange his pack from the Spurs conflict, however, implying that any semblance of Harrison Reed and Cavaleiro should keep their spots.
Chelsea will be without the suspended N’Golo Kante for this conflict, however the Blues are generally fit as a fiddle, with both Reece James and Andreas Christensen accessible for determination by and by.
Lampard has various choices to make, especially in the last third, as both Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were on the scoresheet against Morecambe in the FA Cup. Werner could get approval through the center with help from Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech in the wide positions, yet Havertz may drop to the seat indeed, with Jorginho conceivably procuring a review.
This has the entirety of the makings of an incredibly, intriguing round of football, especially as Fulham will participate in the challenge off the rear of an amazing exhibition and result. Chelsea’s league structure has been baffling lately, yet we simply extravagant Lampard’s side to edge their way to each of the three points in this match.