Chelsea vs Fulham live streaming online today for free. chelsea will be looking for its first English Premier League win since October 20 when it hosts Fulham in the West London derby on Wednesday.The good news for the Blues is that the Cottagers have just one victory in this derby over the last 32 years. The bad news is that wins for the defending European champions have been few and far between these last five weeks.
Despite the lopsided trend in this series, 10th-place Fulham (4-4-5, 25 goals for, 23 goals against) will be no pushover for Chelsea, which has struggled lately on offense, scoring just two goals in its last four matches in all competitions.
Cottagers manager Martin Jol has received balanced scoring from his team with Dimitar Berbatov (five goals), Mladen Petric (four), Steve Sidwell, (three) Damien Duff (three) and Bryan Ruiz (five assists) all helping Fulham try to forget the summer loss of Clint Dempsey.
Fulham who find themselves on the top half of the table in the 10th position are level on points with Liverpool. Goals have come easy for Martin Jol’s side as they are the 2nd best in goals scored this season with 25 goals same as Manchester City and only United’s 32 goals ahead of them.
Having said that, looking at the league form, Chelsea’s last win in the EPL was on 20th October 2012 against Tottenham. Since then Chelsea has lost against title rivals Manchester United and West Brom and have drawn against Swansea, Liverpool and Manchester City.
This midweek derby against Fulham is definitely going to be a game of intense pressure on the players and the new boss Benitez, who is very well aware of the club’s and owner’s ambitions. Fulham manager Martin Jol has already mounted pressure on his counterpart Benitez by saying that this is a must win game for Chelsea.
Fulham have never won at Chelsea in the Premier League, in 11 visits. They last experienced victory in the league at Stamford Bridge in October 1979.
With only three points out of a possible 15 in its last five league games, Chelsea now find themselves 4th in the table, 5 points behind leaders United and a point behind WBA. A win tonight will do wonders for the team’s confidence and also make things easy for new boss Benitez.
Chelsea-Fulham is one such contest, technically a derby but without the venom. Despite that, it doesn’t mean this isn’t a hugely important game, albeit more for one side than the other. Rafael Benitez faces a job to win over the discontented fans at Stamford Bridge, and anything but a win here is likely to make the job harder.
Martin Jol certainly thinks so, pointing out « I think after a couple of wins I feel he will win them over… I feel it is a must-win game for them. They have to probably win, to have a result, tomorrow otherwise that will be problematic. » Touché. Chelsea fans will certainly be expecting victory – the Cottagers’ record at Stamford Bridge is worse than rotten, and they also have a swathe of injuries to key players further weakening their side.
Chelsea injuries and suspensions
Out: Frank Lampard (calf), John Terry (knee). In doubt: Daniel Sturridge (hamstring),Gary Cahill (illness).
Fulham injuries and suspensions
Out: Alexander Kacaniklic (hamstring), Bryan Ruiz (hamstring), Kieran Richardson(hamstring), Simon Davies (hip), Brede Hangeland (suspended).