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Chelsea v Fulham Bet Builder tips: Odds, predictions, team news & more

West London rivals Chelsea and Fulham square up at Stamford Bridge where the home side's historical dominance, coupled with Fulham's poor away form, suggests the Blues should have the edge.

Both come into the game after suffering midweek EFL Cup defeats, Chelsea going down 1-0 at Middlesbrough a day before Fulham succumbed 2-1 at Liverpool. 

That extra 24 hours' rest could work in Chelsea's favour, though derby bragging rights should galvanise Marco Silva's side.
 

Chelsea v Fulham odds

Chelsea - 3/5
Draw - 16/5
Fulham - 9/2

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Chelsea v Fulham information

  • Where is Chelsea v Fulham? Stamford Bridge, London
  • When is Chelsea v Fulham? 12:30, Saturday 13th January
  • Where can I watch Chelsea v Fulham? TNT Sports 1 & Ultimate
     

Chelsea v Fulham Bet Builder

Cole Palmer anytime scorer - 15/8 
Over one Chelsea card - 2/5
Under five Fulham corners - 8/13 

Bet Builder – 6/1
 

Cole Palmer anytime scorer - 15/8

The experiment of giving Cole Palmer the "false nine" role at Middlesbrough manifestly didn't work out for Mauricio Pochettino, with the England ace tipped to have far more of an influence from deeper against Fulham. 

Palmer still managed to pop off four shots in the 1-0 EFL Cup semi-final first leg loss at the Riverside but was unable to add to his 10-goal haul this season. 

The 21-year-old was wasted in a role vacated by absentees Nicolas Jackson and Christopher Nkunku, though, Armando Broja, the only fully-fit real No.9 if Nkunku does not shake off a hip problem, has to be a better option to lead the line. 

And Palmer, as demonstrated in recent weeks, is a far greater influence and goalscoring threat from deep, a role he should resume against Fulham. 

Wherever he plays in Pochettino's set-up, the penalty-taking youngster looks a good bet at 15/8 to find the net, given that he is such a threat and that Fulham are defensively vulnerable at the best of times. 

On their last four league road trips, the Cottagers have conceded at least three goals each time - all in losses - and at Liverpool in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night they lost 2-1 and were fortunate with that, given the Reds racked up 21 efforts to Fulham's six. 

Indeed, it was classic Fulham - plenty of tidy football, lots of neat movement, pace across the pitch but any number of players struggling to find the net or the right final pass. 

Chelsea's home record is modest this season but Fulham's away one is appalling and it's hard to imagine the Blues not enjoying themselves, with Palmer at the forefront.
 

Over one Chelsea card - 2/5

Chelsea have been little short of angelic over the past week, with just one yellow card picked up in two cup ties, Levi Colwill seeing yellow in the loss at Middlesbrough. 

In the Premier League, however, Pochettino's men are a different beast and despite the absence of habitual bad boy Jackson - eight yellows in 19 appearances - Chelsea should still manage two cards or more in the heat of a West London derby. 

Chelsea have piled up 61 yellows and three reds in 20 Premier League games, including four at Fulham in the return game back in October. 
 

Under five Fulham corners - 8/13

Only three teams have won fewer away corners in the top-flight than Fulham this season, the Cottagers averaging 3.4 per game. Chelsea only concede 4.6 at home

Fulham are at a disadvantage in this game having played at Liverpool on Wednesday night, 24 hours after Chelsea were at Middlesbrough, and with a couple of key players absent, the visitors could well struggle from an attacking perspective.

Expect a low corner count from Fulham to round off the Bet Builder which works out at 6/1.
 

Chelsea team news

Pochettino has been keeping his fingers crossed that any of Benoit Badiashile, Ben Chilwell or Carney Chukwuemeka could be available after lay-offs. 

Reece James, however, is still out, as is another full-back Marc Cucurella and goalkeeper Robert Sanchez. 

Up top, Jackson is missing on AFCON duty and Nkunku has been struggling with a hip problem.
 

Fulham team news 

With Calvin Bassey away at the Africa Cup of Nations and Tim Ream injured, Tosin Adarabioyo and Issa Diop should continue at the back. 

Alex Iwobi is another absentee at the AFCON.
 

Chelsea v Fulham Stats

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 18 home league games against Fulham (winning 11), since a 2-0 loss in 1979. Indeed, at either venue Fulham have won just one of their last 23 Premier League games against their neighbours.

The Blues are the only side in the Premier League who are yet to trail at half-time of any game. They have been level at half-time on 15 occasions.

Fulham have lost their last four away league games, conceding at least three goals in each of them. They have gone five months since their one and only away win, at Everton.
 

Head-to-head

Chelsea wins51
Draws27
Fulham wins12


This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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