Fulham vs Chelsea LIVE: Premier League team news, line-ups and more tonight as Joao Felix makes debut


Fulham vs Chelsea

Fulham have won just one of their 30 Premier League matches against Chelsea. It was a 1-0 victory in March 2006.

The Blues have shipped just six goals in their last 15 Premier League games against Fulham, and have not conceded more than once in any of those fixtures.

Fulham vs Chelsea

Chelsea have won seven straight league meetings with Fulham dating back to November 2012.

Meanwhile, the Cottagers have won just seven of the 74 league meetings between the sides. It is the lowest win rate in a fixture to have been played at least 50 times in English football league history.

Joao Felix brings buzz to Chelsea but underlines haphazard nature of ownership

The lure of Joao Felix proved too much for Todd Boehly. One last splash to prove his worth before seemingly handing the keys at Chelsea to one of the most extensive and deep recruitment teams ever assembled in European football.

The Portuguese forward has rarely displayed the consistency to justify Atletico Madrid’s staggering €126m (£112.9m) outlay from 2019, yet that is precisely why such a precocious talent is even available.

The allure of Felix was clear weeks ago, as Manchester United and Arsenal, a neater fit for his intrinsic control and movement, pondered their own loan offers.

Yet both clubs baulked at the mere suggestion of a fee north of €10m for the privilege of just six months of service.

Joao Felix brings buzz to Chelsea but underlines haphazard nature of ownership

The Portuguese forward, who arrives at Stamford Bridge on loan, points to further confusion surrounding the strategy under Todd Boehly

Fulham vs Chelsea team changes

Marco Silva makes a heap of changes to the Fulham side that defeated Hull City 2-0 in the FA Cup third round at the weekend. Only Andreas Pereira, Carlos Vinicius, Harrison Reed and Tosin Adarabioyo keep their spots.

Graham Potter makes four changes to his Chelsea side. Thiago Silva returns to the defence along with Cesar Azpilicueta. Denis Zakaria starts in midfield and Joao Felix is given his Chelsea debut up top alongside Kai Havertz and Mason Mount.

Fulham vs Chelsea line-ups

Fulham XI: Leno, Tete, Tosin, Ream, Robinson, Palhinha, Reed, Pereira, De Cordova-Reid, Vinicius, Willian

Chelsea XI: Kepa, Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, Azpilicueta, Zakaria, Kovacic, Hall, Mount, Havertz, Joao Felix

Aleksandar Mitrovic ‘getting better every single day’, Marco Silva believes

Fulham boss Marco Silva believes Aleksandar Mitrovic is getting back to his best.

The Serbia international scored his 11th goal of the season to secure a 1-0 victory at Leicester on Tuesday. It meant the Cottagers have already equalled their mark from when they were relegated with 28 points two years ago.

Mitrovic suffered a foot injury on international duty before the World Cup and struggled to regain fitness but Silva feels the striker is edging towards top form.

Aleksandar Mitrovic ‘getting better every single day’, Marco Silva believes

The Serbia international scored his 11th goal of the season to secure a 1-0 victory at Leicester on Tuesday

Fulham vs Chelsea

The Blues don’t have far to travel for tonight’s fixture against London rivals Fulham. Can Graham Potter’s side get back to winning ways?

Fulham boss Marco Silva plays down Chelsea’s poor run of form

Fulham manager Marco Silva has “no doubts” over Chelsea’s high quality despite their recent poor form ahead of Thursday’s west London derby at Craven Cottage.

Silva’s side head into the match seventh in the table having won all three Premier League games since action resumed in December following the World Cup, and having already equalled the points tally from their last top-flight campaign (28), when they were relegated under Scott Parker in 2020-21.

Graham Potter’s Blues, in contrast, have managed just one win in their last eight league matches and are currently dealing with a severe injury crisis, but Silva still expects them to be a force to be reckoned with.

Fulham boss Marco Silva plays down Chelsea’s poor run of form

The Blues have managed just one win in their last eight league matches

Can Fulham win without Mitrovic?

Fulham will be without top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic for tonight’s fixture with Chelsea because he is banned after receiving a fifth yellow card of the season earlier this month.

Can the Cottagers win without their leading goalscorer?

Graham Potter says Chelsea manager is the ‘hardest job in football’

Graham Potter believes he has the hardest job in football as Chelsea labour to get to grips with their “new chapter” since Todd Boehly bought the club.

The team have struggled in the wake of being sold by Roman Abramovich, who brought unprecedented success during his nearly two decades in control, with a huge transfer outlay sanctioned by Boehly during the last six months yet to pay off.

Chelsea are 10th in the Premier League despite having spent nearly £350million since the American took control, with supporters singing the name of Abramovich and former head coach Thomas Tuchel during Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester City in the FA Cup third round.

Graham Potter says Chelsea manager is the ‘hardest job in football’

The Blues have struggled in the wake of being sold by Roman Abramovich

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