London Derby: Chelsea vs Fulham Friday night’s showdown at Stamford Bridge pits Chelsea against Fulham in a much-anticipated London Derby. The Blues are hoping for revenge after suffering a 2-1 loss to the Cottagers earlier this season. However, Fulham have struggled in their recent Premier League fixtures, losing their last two games without scoring.
Chelsea, who were active in the January transfer window, have been improving defensively and are favored to win this fixture. Five of their eight Premier League victories this term have come at home and they’ve conceded just seven goals in nine home league games this season. With Chelsea’s Premier League games averaging 2.15 goals per game, a narrow home win and under 2.5 goals is expected.
Top scorer Kai Havertz will be a player to watch for Chelsea. He leads the Blues in Premier League goals this season with five and is always a threat in the final third. Despite a disallowed goal against Liverpool, Havertz managed three shots in the January loss to Fulham, two of which were on target.
For Fulham, they have exceeded expectations this season, putting themselves in the race for European places in the Premier League. However, they’ve suffered a dip in form with back-to-back 1-0 losses against Newcastle and Tottenham and a frustrating 1-1 draw with Sunderland in the FA Cup.
In conclusion, Chelsea’s improved defensive resolve and home advantage make them the favorites to win this London Derby. Our prediction is a 1-0 correct score in favor of the Blues. Back with bet365 at 1.65