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Chelsea Vs Fulham – Premier League: Live Score, Team News And Updates As Both Sides Look To Use The London Derby To Bounce Back From Midweek Defeats

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Published: 11:00, 13 January 2024 | Updated: 12:31, 13 January 2024

Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the latest score, team news and updates as Fulham travel to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a west London derby.  

Countdown to kick-offNot too much longer to wait now as we anticipate Chelsea vs Fulham in this lunchtime’s London derby.

It’s a dry but pretty chilly January day in the Capital. One for the thick coat and woolies.

A reminder of the two team line-ups with 15 minutes to goChelsea XI: Petrovic; Gusto, Disasi, Thiago Silva, Colwill; Caicedo, Fernandez; Broja, Gallagher, Sterling; Palmer.

Substitutes: Bettinelli, Bergström, Badiashile, Mudryk, Madueke, Chukwuemeka, Chilwell, Deivid, Gilchrist.

Fulham XI: Leno; Tete, Adarabioyo, Diop, Robinson; Palhinha, Cairney; Wilson, Pereira, Willian; Jimenez.

Substitutes: Rodák, Reed, Ream, De Cordova-Reid, Muniz, Castagne, Lukic, Vinícius, Francois.

Stamford Bridge scenesInto the final half-an-hour before kick-off and the players are being put through their paces as Stamford Bridge slowly fills up.

Silva confident ahead of the derbyFulham have claimed some notable scalps this season and despite their poor record against Chelsea, boss Marco Silva struck an optimistic tone on TNT Sports.

‘The recent story from Fulham here has not been great but in the last 18 months we have been breaking some very good records in this kind of thing,’ he said.

‘Last Premier League match we won against Arsenal and someone told me it had been 12 years since we won against Arsenal. This has been our recent story and hopefully we can do it this afternoon.

‘These type of games we step in and step up, we have been really competitive against any side in this league. I am really confident we are going to do it.’

Pochettino says consistency is keyChelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino, speaking pre-match on TNT, again spoke of his team’s quest to find some consistency.

They’ve been picking up some decent league results but then lose to Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup.

‘Fulham is a team that plays really well, they are very consistent and they have performed well in the last month and had a great result against Arsenal,’ Pochettino said.

‘They have great quality and a great coach.

‘The team is not consistent. We came off a very good run, we were the third or the fourth best side over Christmas, then we lost the first leg in Middlesbrough. Many big sides have lost against Middlesbrough in the last few years.

‘We are inconsistent and it looks like the end of the world but we need to be patient.’

Can Fulham overcome their Chelsea jinx today?Traditionally, Fulham have not done very well at all in this local derby with Chelsea.

They’ve won just one of their last 23 Premier League games against Chelsea (eight draws, 14 losses). But they did beat them 2-1 at Craven Cottage almost exactly a year ago.

What’s more, Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 18 home league games against Fulham, winning 11 of those.

The last time Fulham won at Stamford Bridge in the league was in October 1979.

So Fulham fighting against history this afternoon.

Chelsea pleased to get Chilwell back Good to see Ben Chilwell named among the Chelsea subs today as he returns following nearly four months out with a hamstring injury.

The England left-back hasn’t played since the 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa in late September.

Chelsea arrive for the gameHere’s Chelsea’s Cole Palmer and Raheem Sterling, both in then starting line-up, arriving a short while ago.

How Fulham line-up today Marco Silva has made three changes from the Fulham side that went down 2-1 at Liverpool on Wednesday night.

Kenny Tete starts ahead of Timothy Castagne in defence. Tom Cairney and Harry Wilson also make the line-up.

Harrison Reed has been struggling with illness and only lines up among the subs.

Fulham XI: Leno; Tete, Adarabioyo, Diop, Robinson; Palhinha, Cairney; Wilson, Pereira, Willian; Jimenez.

Substitutes: Rodák, Reed, Ream, De Cordova-Reid, Muniz, Castagne, Lukic, Vinícius, Francois.

Here’s the Chelsea teamMauricio Pochettino has made just one change from the team been 1-0 by Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Armando Broja comes in to replace Noni Madueke, who is on the bench. Ben Chilwell and Benoit Badiashile return to the squad and sit on the bench.

Nicolas Jackson away now at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Chelsea XI: Petrovic; Gusto, Disasi, Thiago Silva, Colwill; Caicedo, Fernandez; Broja, Gallagher, Sterling; Palmer.

Substitutes: Bettinelli, Bergström, Badiashile, Mudryk, Madueke, Chukwuemeka, Chilwell, Deivid, Gilchrist.

Team news coming upWe will bring you the confirmed team line-ups shortly as we count down the final hour until kick-off.

Chelsea chasing the boy named ‘Messinho’! What a nickname that is – ‘little Messi’.

His real name is Estevao Willian, he’s 16 and if reports in Brazil are to be believed, he’s being watched very closely by Chelsea.

Click the link to read more.

Cole: ‘It’s imperative Chelsea keep Conor Gallagher’Lots of speculation with the transfer window open that Conor Gallagher, who has captained Chelsea this season, could be let go in order to balance the books under Financial Fair Play.

Even more surprisingly, the England midfielder has been linked with Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham.

Joe Cole, speaking on TNT Sports, clearly believes selling him would be a mistake.

Fulham make their entrance at the Bridge These two clubs are so close together Fulham could have walked over. Instead they came by bus but here’s Bernd Leno and Tom Cairney greeting a young mascot as they arrived at Stamford Bridge.

Exclusive: INTERVIEW – Cole Palmer on why he left Man City for ChelseaIt was definitely a move that raised a few eyebrows. Cole Palmer, one of the brightest talents in English football, allowed to leave Manchester City in the summer for a direct Premier League rival.

Since then, the £42.5m man had confirmed his class and is really standing out in this lavishly-assembled Chelsea side.

Mail Sport sat down with him at Cobham for an exclusive interview. Click the links to read.

What’s happening this weekend Friday

Burnley 1-1 Luton Town

Today

Chelsea vs Fulham (12.30pm)

Newcastle United vs Manchester City (5.30pm)

Tomorrow

Everton vs Aston Villa (2pm)

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur (4.30pm)

We’ve also got a little winter break explainer for you HERE.

How this bijou Premier League weekend began Only the five game in this smaller Premier League weekend with the matchday split in half so teams can enjoy a bit of winter down time.

The action started last night in a basement battle between Burnley and Luton that ended all-square.

Click the link below to read our match report from Turf Moor.

Plenty to play for in west LondonWelcome to your Premier League Saturday! Just the two matches today amidst the winter break but plenty to play for.

Later it’s Newcastle vs Manchester City but this lunchtime we have a London derby between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side still look very much a work in progress but victory here takes them above Manchester United and a big win could put them seventh.

Fulham are very much still in their Carabao Cup semi-final tie with Liverpool, having gone down 2-1 a Anfield in midweek, and they re-focus on league action knowing a win moves them to within one point of Chelsea.

It’s fair to say the Cottagers don’t have the best record against their near-neighbours and their recent away form has been pretty wretched, but you never know in the Premier League!