Fulham vs Chelsea Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: April 17, 2013; Time: 8:00 PM BST;
Venue: Craven Cottage — London.
The Blues have lost last 3 away EPL games and will try to rehabilitate after elimination from the FA Cup. Rafael Benitez’s team travels to Craven Cottage to get vital three points against their west London rivals. Fulham have a great season, but they shouldn’t drop points.
Fulham stands 10th in the EPL table with 40 points from 32 games, having 10 wins, 10 draws and 12 losses so far this season. The Cottagers are 9 points clear of the relegation zone. Their present form has seen 2 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws from last five games. Last five home matches the Cottagers have finished with 1 draw, 1 defeat and 3 wins. Last game they drew 1-1 with Aston Villa.
Chelsea goes 4th in the EPL standings with 58 points from 31 games, winning 17, drawing 7 and losing 7 so far this season. The Blues have a very disappointing season, cause they were eliminated from all the tournaments except Europa League. Chelsea lost 1-2 in the semi-finals of the FA Cup to Man City at the weekend and are involved in a fight for the Champions League places with Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton. The Blues are equal on points with 5th-plcaed Spurs, 2 points above 6th-placed Toffees and 2 points behind 3rd-placed Gunners, but having 2 games in hand. Their present form has seen 3 wins and 2 defeats from last five games. Last five matches on the road the Blues have finished with 1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses. But, Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 14 games against Fulham.
Fulham midfielder Damien Duff has recovered from a groin injury, but he could not be fit enough. Steve Sidwell serves the last game of his three-match bun, so Kieran Richardson will replace him. Martin Jol has no fresh injury worries.
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has a hamstring problem, but is close to his return, so Ryan Bertrand, who has recovered from a virus will play at the left. Gary Cahill has also returned to full fitness and could start from the bench. Rafael Benitez will use his strongest players, as the Blues need to gain points to secure the Champions League place.
Fulham line-up: Schwarzer, Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise, Karagounis, Enoh, Richardson, Emanuelson, Berbatov, Ruiz.
Last three matches:
Aston Villa 1 – Fulham 1;
Newcastle 1 – Fulham 0;
Fulham 3 – QPR 2.
Chelsea line-up: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Bertrand, Ramires, Mikel, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Ba.
Last three matches:
Chelsea FC 1 – Manchester City FC 2;
Rubin Kazan 3 – Chelsea FC 2;
Chelsea FC 2 – Sunderland 1.