Chelsea has lost consecutive games for the first time in more than two months, but what matters is that they’ve secured passage in Europa League. It is now time to focus on the Premier League, where the Londoners sit on the fourth place, and in order to do that they need to outshine Fulham.
Match: Fulham vs Chelsea
Bet: Fulham 1X
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.15
Chelsea will miss Cole and Cahill in the defensive, which means that the visitors need to be extra careful about containing Berbatov. The Bulgarian striker will be the only one to feature upfront, but even so he can pose serious threats for a defensive that hasn’t played at the expected level recently. On the bright side, Chelsea has its best forwards on the pitch and will compete against an opponent that lost three vital players in the midfield.
Fulham will be hard-pressed to replace Dejagah, Diarra and Sidwell as they are either injured or suspended, leaving coach Jol with very few options. The hosts are 18 points clear of the last Europa League spot but have a comfortable 11 points cushion separating them from the relegation area. They have only their fans and pride to fight for tonight, and this will hardly be enough against a motivated team. The head to head record is even less encouraging, with Fulham winning only three times in 47 games, but on the bright side the hosts play without pressure bearing on their shoulders, unlike Chelsea.
The fact that Chelsea needs to win is no guarantee that it will actually prevail, just as Fulham’s apparent lack of motivation doesn’t mean that they will simply roll over. There is tremendous value in the odds of 2.15 offered by Pinnacle Sports for Fulham not to lose, and punters should take advantage of these odds while they last.