Fulham are in their best form since the start of the season whilst Chelsea is struggling like never before.
Fulham, who only got promoted last season, has had a great season so far, with confidence and team spirit at an all time high. And although many were wondering whether the team could keep it together following the World Cup break, Silva’s men have proved the doubters wrong with four wins since the restart of the season and a defence that’s appears to be stronger than ever.
Meanwhile, Chelsea is struggling in a way we haven’t seen this team down for year. And despite some key signings, including Graham Potter, they can’t turn things around.
Right before the World Cup, Chelsea ended with four defeats in five games and now, after the WC, the situation is even worse. The team has a couple of wins in the last 15 games and they need immediate results.
However, Fulham have the weakest defence in the Premier League, ranking last in expected goals conceded. But the team makes up for it in attack: according to the expected goals scored, they take the 6th place in the league.
The team prefers to act as the second number (47.3% possession across all PL matches this season), which makes it possible to stretch the opponent’s team across the field and free up dangerous areas in front of his goal in order to carry out a quick attack. By the number of average direct attacks per game, the hosts take the 5th place in the entire league.
Frustratingly for Fulham, the team’s top scorer, Aleksander Mitrovic, will miss the upcoming match due to too many yellow cards. Of all the team’s goals, 42% were scored by the Serbian striker.
This is not the first game of the season he has missed. But in all the games he missed, Fulham lost and scored an average of just 1 goal.
Chelsea have not been able to demonstrate quality football after the return of English football after the World Cup. Apart from them win over the outsiders Bournemouth, Chelsea have failed to produce good results and recently suffered another massive defeat to Man City.
We expect a massive game here and there is no guarantee that either team will win it. In each case, we definitely see Fulham scoring a goal or even more and the real problem is whether Chelsea will find the net with their current form. The team has one win in all ten most recent games in English tournaments and in quite a few of those, they failed to score.
We do not think that Fulham will lose this game with their current form. Of course, there is a huge difference in those two teams but even with the obvious class of Chelsea, they are going through their biggest crisis in a while. On the other side, Fulham are in a series of four wins in a row in all tournaments since the restart after the World Cup and they have conceded but a single goal to date.
Perhaps Chelsea will find a way to get at least a point from this match. Fulham are not that much stronger and they generally faced four weaker teams to date while Chelsea had two games against Manchester City. This is the time to shine and we think that Chelsea will get a point.
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