Fulham vs. Chelsea – Match Preview – Betting Tips – Match Odds

The West London rivals meet again and if tradition is of any use, then we are heading for another thrashing of the hosts. Chelsea has forsaken any dreams for the title following United’s victory over their city rivals, but they are now focusing on a different thing. The success brought United closer to win the Premiership and City closer to exit the podium. Chelsea has a good chance of closing the gap after this fixture, not to mention they have one more game in hand.

Match Preview

The pressure is high on the visitors, since they have to deal with the 0-1 defeat at home against Liverpool, but they can still turn things around. Torres, Drogba and Anelka are deadly upfront and against a shaky defense such as Fulham’s, they should create quite a mess. Leapfrogging Manchester City is not yet possible, but a victory tonight will reduce the deficit.

As for the hosts, they would be content by simply putting an end to the losing streak. Since 2006 they didn’t record any victory against their city rivals, and I strongly believe that they must postpone that for a while. The main problem with Fulham is, that they are too content with sharing points and some teams are not very much into the sharing business. It works fairly well against weak sides, but Chelsea is usually travelling to Craven Cottage to grab a straight victory.

Betting Tip

Fulham will go for their standard Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Baird, Duff, Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey, Johnson, Dembele, but their strikers are toothless. The fact that Dempsey is the goal getter for this team, says a lot about their options upfront, and the ability to recover after an early goal. They will probably park the bus if they get the chance and will settle with a draw against what they correctly regard as a superior opponent.

Chelsea on the other hand is forced to put some pressure on their neighbors, to get back the points wasted at home against Liverpool. Their offensive prowess should put the hosts’ defense on shaky grounds and the result I expect is a straight victory for the visitors.

Betting – Chelsea to win.

Match odds

Bookmakers Home Draw Away Betting Bonus Get Bonus
Betfair Sports Betting *5.60 *3.80 *1.77
Party Bets 5.00 3.50 1.70
ladbrokes Sports Betting 4.50 3.75 1.72
William Hill Sports Betting 5.00 3.60 1.70

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