Fresh from the fantastic 3-0 win at Bolton on Saturday, Fulham host West London rivals Chelsea on Monday evening in what should be a fantastic contest at Craven Cottage, as the 5/2 on the home win attracts plenty of attention from punters.
Fulham’s win at Bolton means that they sit 10th in the Premier League and this is where they will want to stay between now and the end of the campaign. A top ten finish would be a good achievement for them.
Martin Jol’s men are playing some excellent football again at the moment too and in Clint Dempsey – who scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season on Saturday – they have a striker on top of his game.
There is no doubt that this game means a lot to Fulham too. It is one of the first they will look out for when the fixtures are announced and the fact that they are 14 points above the relegation zone means they can go for broke under less pressure.
Chelsea on the other hand still have a desperate need for points. A lot has been made about how well Roberto Di Matteo has done since taking the job on a temporary basis, but it has to be said that a top four finish is a must for them.
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After the 2-1 win over Wigan last time out, the Blues are a couple of points adrift of the top four and they need to make sure they focus on the Premier League in the next few weeks. Regardless of their involvement in the FA Cup and Champions League semi-finals, this is their bread and butter.
When these two teams met in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, it ended in a 1-1 draw, while Chelsea also needed penalties to progress past the Cottagers in the Carling Cup back in September.
Another tight contest is expected this time too with a passionate Fulham crowd firmly behind their talented team. This one gets underway at 8pm on Monday evening.