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Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o [Reuters]

Chelsea make a trip to Craven Cottage as they take on Fulham for the weekend Premier League clash on Saturday. The last time these two sides met at Stamford Bridge earlier in the seasons saw the Blues seal a 2-0 win.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:30pm GMT.


Fulham come into the weekend fixture after their previous tie against West Bromwich Albion ended in a 1-1 draw. The game saw Felix Magath take charge as the Cottagers's manager for the first time since replacing Rene Meulensteen at the club.

Ashkan Dejagah gave Fulham a lead in the first half. However, West Brom bounced back later in the game as a second-half goal from Matej Vydra saw Magath fail to win on his debut for his new club. However, the former Bayern Munich manager would be hoping for a victory over Chelsea on his home debut as Fulham manager.

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard [Reuters]

Meanwhile, Chelsea enter the game after their last tie ended in a 1-1 draw against Galatasaray in the Champions League. The Spain international Fernando Torres's brilliant strike in the ninth minute gave the Blues an early lead. However, Jose Mourinho's side were denied a win by the Turkish champions in Istanbul.

Aurelien Chedjou scored for Roberto Mancini's side as Chelsea settled for a draw in the first leg of the European competition. The West London club are top of the league table with 60 points from 27 games, leading second place Arsenal by a point. Fulham are at the bottom of the table with 21 points.

What Managers Say

Felix Magath: "When a team has played in the Champions League, it is always an advantage. We are lucky that Chelsea have had such a long trip to Istanbul to play on Wednesday. It's a good situation for us. I remember the situation - you have to stay at the airport, fly for a few hours and then play the game at night."

Jose Mourinho: "I'd like the London teams to stay up. I have that emotional connection with Fulham, our neighbours and our rivals.Rivals need each other. It is good for everybody, so hopefully they can keep their place in the division, but we have to try [and beat them]."

Team Form


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D L D L L
  • Last Result: West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Fulham


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D W L D W
  • Last Result: Galatasaray 1-1 Chelsea

Team News

Felix Magath
Felix Magath [Reuters]


  • Injured: Konstantinos Mitroglou (match fitness), Matthew Briggs (hernia), Fernando Amorebieta (muscle), Damien Duff (calf)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Stekelenburg; Riether, Heitinga, Hangeland, Riise; Dejagah, Parker, Sidwell, Richardson; Holtby; Bent


  • Injured: Marco van Ginkel (knee)
  • Doubtful: David Luiz (groin), Oscar (thigh), Ramires (knee), John Obi Mikel (calf), Fernando Torres (match fitness)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Lampard, Matic; Wilian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto'o