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- Chelsea have kept six clean sheets in their last seven Premier League home matches.
- The Blues have kept 16 clean sheets in 22 games in all competitions under Thomas Tuchel.
- Fulham have won only one of their last eight Premier League fixtures.
- Chelsea have lost just one of their last 14 league assignments.
Chelsea in confident mood
Spirits will be high at Stamford Bridge following a run of potentially pivotal results for Chelsea, and the Blues can strengthen their grip on a top-four place with win against London rivals Fulham on Saturday.
Thomas Tuchel’s charges secured an away goal along with a draw in their Champions League semi-final first-leg test in Spain against Real Madrid on Tuesday evening – a result that followed hot on the heels of a crucial 1-0 triumph at West Ham in the Premier League and an FA Cup semi-final win over Man City at Wembley.
Chelsea keep producing the good on the big occasions, and while a date with Fulham isn’t quite as glamorous as facing Los Blancos and Pep Guardiola’s Citizens, the Blues will be keen to maintain their momentum at the Cottagers’ expense.
Relegation only a matter of time for Fulham
Fulham meanwhile, are seven points shy of safety with just five matches left to navigate and the Cottagers’ return to the Championship now looks inevitable.
Scott Parker’s men delivered a prideful performance in a 1-1 draw at Arsenal last week to halt a dismal run of four straight defeats, though their chances of upsetting the odds in similar style at Stamford Bridge feel slim.
Chelsea’s defence to come out on top
The improvement in Chelsea’s defensive displays since Thomas Tuchel’s appointment has been well documented and the Blues have kept a remarkable 16 clean sheets in 22 matches since the German’s arrival in January.
Chelsea have shut-out their opponents in six of their seven league assignments on their own patch with Tuchel calling the shots, and they are worth backing to keep Fulham at arm’s length when the Cottagers cross the capital on Saturday.
The relegation candidates are the Premier League’s second lowest scorers, and a confident Chelsea team are an excellent price to beat them to nil this weekend.
Our 2-0 correct score prediction tips the Blues’ margin of victory to be slim however. Tuchel is expected to ring the changes to keep his stars fresh for the return leg against Real Madrid next week, so a glut of goals from the rotated hosts at Stamford Bridge doesn’t seem likely.
Chelsea injuries and team news
Mateo Kovacic is Chelsea’s only major injury concern, though Thomas Tuchel is expected to shuffle his back between European fixtures.
Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Reece James, Olivier Giroud, Marcos Alonso, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kurt Zouma could all start as a result.
Fulham injures and team news
Tom Cairney and Terence Kongolo look set to miss out for Fulham, while on-loan Ruben Loftus-Cheek cannot face his parent club.
Kenny Tete could miss another game having tested positive for COVID-19.