Monday, May 17, 2021

Chelsea 1/2 to beat Fulham in Saturday’s Premier League derby

Competition: Premier League

Market: Chelsea win

Odds: 1/2 @ 888sport

With the chance to extend their buffer in the top-four, Chelsea will welcome West London rivals Fulham to an empty Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

Starting with the hosts, while Chelsea might have been disappointed to have only played out a 1-1 draw away in Madrid earlier in the week, they did once again impress on the road. Holding a crucial Champions League advantage after their semi-final first-leg on Tuesday night, The Blues have made a string of improvements since bringing Thomas Tuchel in back in January. Last seen on Premier League duties picking up a deserved 1-0 win away at London rivals West Ham, the former champions know that they’re now sat in pole position to clinch another top-four finish. Tasting domestic defeat just once since their German boss took charge at Stamford Bridge and also booking their spot in the final of this year’s FA Cup, Chelsea should be smelling a golden chance this weekend.

As for the visitors, throwing away the lead at Arsenal last time out and suffering more heartbreak, Fulham appear to be freefalling towards an immediate Championship return. Watching The Gunners snatch a last-gasp equalizer across the capital, Scott Parker’s side find themselves sat seven points adrift of safety with just five Premier League matchups remaining. Enduring another horror run of form and mustering just a single point from their last five top-flight contests, The Whites face another stern test on their return to action this weekend. Suffering a 1-0 loss when they welcomed Chelsea to Craven Cottage back in January, it should also be highlighted that Fulham have lost each of their last six straight meetings against the Champions League semi-finalists.

Bet: Chelsea 1/2 to beat Fulham in Saturday’s Premier League derby @ 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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