The postponed Week 7 match between Fulham and Chelsea will take place on January 12 at Craven Cottage Stadium in London.
Last round, Marku Silva’s team beat Leicester away with a score of 1-0. The team has won in the last 3 matches of the championship, which has not been since April 2019. Also note that Fulham has conceded only 1 goal in the previous 3 rounds. Thanks to such results, and the fact that the London club in the last 9 matches of the APL lost only to Manchester City and Manchester United (5 wins and 2 draws), the team entrenched in the 7th position. Fulham had 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats in the last 6 matches of the championship at home.
The team is in very bad shape – in the last 8 league games won only 1 victory over a modest Bournemouth, 3 draws and 4 losses. As a result, Chelsea dropped to the 10th position in the standings, and the gap from the Champions League zone increased to 10 points. In the ACL the Londoners cannot win in 4 games in a row (2 draws and 2 defeats). The last time the team was unbeaten in four away league games in January-February 2020.
In this London derby, Chelsea have the upper hand, having won all 7 of their previous encounters in the APL. Only this season, Fulham can break this trend and at least not lose. Marc Silva’s side are 3 points ahead of their fellow countrymen, while having the best performance in attack – scoring 10 more goals. Chelsea has problems with injured players, as well as with the realization of chances. The last time the team scored so little in this part of the championship was in the 2015/16 season and then Chelsea ended up finishing only in 10th place. My prediction is “Fulham win or draw”.