We’re offering even bigger prices on Thursday night’s West London derby between Fulham and Chelsea, including a BOOSTED 16/1 chance.
Fulham play host to local rivals Chelsea in front of the live television cameras on Thursday night, bidding to establish a six point gap between themselves and Graham Potter’s side, and we’ve BOOSTED a number of prices ahead of the encounter.
The Cottagers have been one of the top-flight’s surprise packages after defying the hopes and expectations of even their most ardent supporters in establishing themselves as European contenders this term.
Marco Silva led the Londoners out of the Championship last season, and many had expected them to be battling for top-flight survival as opposed to mixing it with the elite for a coveted continental qualification spot.
Their fortunes are a stark contrast to those of their visitors from Stamford Bridge however, with the Blues in desperate need of a victory to ignite what their fans will hope proves to be a vastly improved next four months.
Whilst Fulham have prevailed in each of their last four matches in all competitions, Chelsea head to Craven Cottage winless in three and having won just one of their last eight league outings – a run of form that has cast doubt over Potter’s future in SW10.
Ordinarily, you’d expect Chelsea to have enough in their locker to deal with a newly-promoted side, at home or away.
But these aren’t ordinary times – not for fans of a Fulham or Chelsea persuasion anyway.
Silva’s in-from side are seemingly chasing European football next season (25/1 for a top six finish) and they return to home soil on the back of four successive triumphs – three of which have come on the road at Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Hull City, in the FA Cup.
Their 11/4 odds to make that five on the spin appear lengthy given that run of form, especially when you take into account that Chelsea, who are as close to the drop zone as they are to the top four, in points terms anyway, have been beaten in five of their last seven games.
The big difficulty facing Fulham on Thursday though is how Silva deals with the absence of their talismanic frontman Alexander Mitrovic, who sits the game out after notching up a fifth caution of the campaign against Leicester.
The onus for goals has largely fallen on the shoulders of the Serb this term, but that will have to change at the Cottage if they are to maintain their hot-streak, and one player who will look to shoulder part of that attacking responsibility will be former Chelsea man Willian, who is 5/1 to score at any time.
The Brazilian flourished a couple of miles across the capital earlier in his career and has been utilised heavily since returning to the English top-tier from Corinthians in the summer.
In his 11 appearances to date, he has averaged at least one shot a game, with over 60 percent of those efforts hitting the target.
The lively and unpredictable 34-year-old’s solitary goal in Fulham white came during the dramatic 3-2 win over Leeds United in October, and how he’d love to extend his tally with a strike against his ex-employers.
Historically though, the signs are not great for the home side, with Chelsea having remarkably lost just one of the last 41 meetings in all competitions – a narrow 1-0 reverse in March 2006 (11/1 for a repeat scoreline).
But, records are there to be broken, and there probably hasn’t been a better opportunity for the Cottagers to address such a deflating record than the present.
As well as the 16/1 shot above, we’ve also BOOSTED prices on a selection of other markets too, check out a selection of these below:
Was 9/1 >> Now 11/1
Match Result will be Chelsea
Mason Mount – Over 0.5 Shots on Target in the Match
Kai Havertz – Over 0.5 Shots on target in the Match
Was 13/5 >> Now 3/1
Score from Outside the Box:
Was 8/1 >> Now 9/1
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