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Fulham vs Chelsea Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips 12/01/2023

Fulham vs Chelsea Prediction: On Thursday night in the Premier League, Fulham and Chelsea square off in a thrilling West London derby at Craven Cottage.
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[Premier League Prediction] Fulham vs Chelsea Prediction: On Thursday night in the Premier League, Fulham and Chelsea square off in a thrilling West London derby at Craven Cottage.

Fulham vs Chelsea Prediction: The dilemma for Graham Potter

Before their first match of the season on Thursday at Craven Cottage, Fulham leads local rival Chelsea by three points in the Premier League standings. A loss this week against local rivals Fulham would be detrimental to Graham Potter's reputation as the former Brighton manager since his team is now going through a difficult transitioning phase.

Fulham form

Fulham fans haven't often been able to boast that their team is higher in the English football pyramid than Chelsea in recent years, but the Cottagers have a strong case for qualifying for Europe after an impressive run of holiday play.

Since coming back from the World Cup break, Fulham has defeated Crystal Palace, Southampton, and Leicester City in the Premier League. At the same time, Hull City was no match for a rotated Cottagers team in the FA Cup last weekend.


Fulham form

Fulham is aiming to win four straight Premier League games for the first time since the 1965–1966 campaign as they gear up for a demanding stretch of January games against Chelsea, Newcastle United, and Tottenham before traveling to Stamford Bridge for a second encounter with the Blues in early February.

Even though Fulham has won just two of their past six home games in front of their own supporters, while having just two home losses all season, they are undoubtedly in a better position than their ineffective opponents.

Chelsea form

Graham Potter, the under-fire Chelsea manager, doesn't appear to be in immediate danger of losing his job, but although the Englishman's project is still trying to get traction, angry Blues fans made their opinions known after their FA Cup defeat at the hands of Manchester City.

Chelsea had given the English champions a fight for their money in a 1-0 Premier League loss at Stamford Bridge three days earlier, but City tore the Blues to pieces on Sunday with goals from Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, and Julian Alvarez in a 4-0 rout.


Chelsea's form

Chelsea travels to Craven Cottage with only one win in their past eight Premier League games, and they haven't won all three points away from home since defeating Aston Villa on October 16. They have an appalling five losses in their last seven competitive games overall.

Positively, Chelsea has a seven-game winning streak over Fulham to defend, along with a 21-game undefeated streak across all competitions, but as Potter has rapidly discovered, all good things must come to an end.

Fulham vs Chelsea H2H Stats

In the 87 games that have been played between the two teams, Chelsea has an outstanding record with 50 victories to Fulham's 11. The lowest victory rate by a side in any matchup in the history of the English Premier League is held by Fulham, who have only won seven of their 74 league meetings versus Chelsea. The last time Chelsea lost against Fulham in the Premier League, it was by a score of 1-0 in March 2006. Since then, Chelsea has gone undefeated.


Fulham vs Chelsea H2H Stats

In their previous 15 league meetings against Fulham, Chelsea has only let up six goals and hasn't allowed more than one goal in any of those games. Chelsea has won nine of its past 11 away London derbies in the Premier League; their lone prior loss in a derby came in a scoreless draw with Brentford in 2017.

Fulham vs Chelsea Current Odds


Fulham vs Chelsea Current Odds

Let's take a deeper look at the most recent markets, odds, and probability estimates before Fulham and Manchester City's matchup on Thursday.

  • Handicap Odds: Fulham (1.05) / Chelsea (0.88)
  • 1x2 Odds: Fulham (3.50) / Draw (3.75) / Chelsea (2.12)
  • Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 (1.84) | Under 2.5 (1.96)
  • Both Teams To Score: Yes (1.78) | No (2.02)

As you can see, despite playing away from home and having a lot of important injuries, Chelsea is still the favorite to win this match. The changes could lean slightly more in Fulham's favor if their best scorer was available, but these factors taken together are the main reasons we favor a draw on Thursday.

Fulham vs Chelsea Betting Tips

Draw

Given that Fulham is the club in form but doesn't have the finest record against Chelsea and that Potter's team is plagued by injuries, we have backed this local derby game to end all square. Fulham hasn't defeated Chelsea since 2006, although in five games between 2011 and 2012, the two teams managed four draws. While Chelsea has only been able to win one of their past six games, the hosts have only lost one of their last six competitive and non-competitive games in all competitions.

Under 2.5 Goals

Given that under 2.5 goals have been scored in four of the past six league encounters between these two clubs, we don't anticipate many goals in this game. Less than three goals were scored in three of Fulham's past five games, and this Thursday, the hosts will be without their leading scorer Mitrovic due to a suspension. Under 2.5 goals have been scored in five of Chelsea's past six games, and the visitors will be missing key offensive options Broja, Sterling, and Aubameyang because of injuries.

Fulham vs Chelsea Best Tips From Betimate

  • Fulham 1-1 Chelsea

The youth of Chelsea's backline at the Etihad must be considered in this situation, and despite their numerous injury and confidence issues, Potter's team still managed to give Man City a few scares in league play. Given the Cottagers' own European-worthy achievements this season, historical results against Fulham may not matter all that much. On Thursday, we may anticipate the capital equivalents canceling each other out.


Fulham vs Chelsea Best Tips From Betimate

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Fulham vs Chelsea Prediction: Possible lineups

Fulham’s possible starting lineup: Leno (GK), Ream, Tete, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Pereira, Palhinha, Reed, Willian, De Cordova-Reid & Vinícius.

Chelsea’s possible starting lineup: Kepa, Silva, Azpilicueta, Koulibaly, Cucurella, Jorginho, Ziyech, Zakaria, Mount, Havertz & D. Fofana.

Frenkie Tran
Written by: Frenkie Tran
My football predictions cover a variety of competitions and tournaments. In addition to English and European football, football predictions also include tips on games taking place in the USA, Australia, Africa, South America and beyond, from famous leagues such as the Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga to popular national leagues such as Croatian First League and Portugal Primeira.

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Premier League
Overall table PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1 Arsenal 50 19 16 2 1 45 16 29
2 Man City 45 20 14 3 3 53 20 33
3 Newcastle 39 20 10 9 1 33 11 22
4 Man Utd 39 20 12 3 5 32 25 7
5 Tottenham 36 21 11 3 7 40 31 9
6 Brighton 31 19 9 4 6 37 27 10
7 Fulham 31 21 9 4 8 32 30 2
8 Brentford 30 20 7 9 4 32 28 4
9 Liverpool 29 19 8 5 6 34 25 9
10 Chelsea 29 20 8 5 7 22 21 1
11 Aston Villa 28 20 8 4 8 23 27 -4
12 Crystal Palace 24 20 6 6 8 18 27 -9
13 Nottm Forest 21 20 5 6 9 16 35 -19
14 Leicester 18 20 5 3 12 28 35 -7
15 Leeds 18 19 4 6 9 26 33 -7
16 West Ham 18 20 5 3 12 17 25 -8
17 Wolverhampton 17 20 4 5 11 12 30 -18
18 Bournemouth 17 20 4 5 11 19 42 -23
19 Everton 15 20 3 6 11 15 28 -13
20 Southampton 15 20 4 3 13 17 35 -18