Fulham vs. Chelsea

In Barclays Premiership League, Football on August 20, 2009 at 11:22

By Joe,


Craven Cottage is the first point of call for the first London local derby in the Premier League 2009/10 between Fulham and Chelsea. A short journey up the road for Chelsea will see them locking head with Fulham in search for 3 another Premiership points. Chelsea are favorites at the sold out Craven Cottage for the first south west London Derby.

Fulham have started out well in the Premier League registering their first win last weekend away at Portsmouth. Their participating in the UEFA Europa Leauge forced them to postpone their midweek Premiership match. The Cottagers continues their great form from last season as Coach Roy Hodgson has wiped them into shape during the preseason. They look solid on the field against Portsmouth and it is no surprise, as Roy Hodgson is a man about discipline, organization and determination. Forward Bobby Zamora will be looking forward to have Damien Duff and Jonathan Greening debuting for the Cottagers against Chelsea, while Simon Davies and defender Toni Kallio are still out with injuries.

Chelsea are title contenders for Premiership this year and they have started out with 2 wins in 2 matches. Coach Carlo Ancelotti saw his team work hard to beat 2-1 Hull City at Stamford Bridge last weekend. While in the midweek, his men came back from going behind to win at Sunderland 3-1 in their second Premiership game of the season. The Italian is happy with Drogba, Deco, Essien, Lampard and Ballack fitting into his diamond formation, as he will be without Yuri Zhirkov, Juliano Belletti and Alex against Fulham.  New acquired £1.5 million Nemanja Matic from MFK Kosice could start on the bench.

Ancelotti will have to see whether his team can muscle out against the physically strong Fulham side. Both teams are in great form and this will certainly be an explosive match for the neutrals to watch. Although, Chelsea have the depth in their squad and looks more clinical when it comes to goal, so check out  Betsson as they are offering 1.62 for Chelsea to win.

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