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Leon of Silvren2010-05-01 21:24:17 +0000 #1
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Leaders Chelsea make the short trip across West London to take on local rivals Fulham on Saturday.

Chelsea go into the clash full of confidence having won their last seven matches in all competitions, while Fulham have found a bit of form winning their last three outings.

Fulham are searching for their first ever Premiership win over Chelsea with The Blues winning both their meetings last season.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has no fresh injury worries to contend with, as Didier Drogba is still sidelined through injury.

Russian midfielder Alexei Smertin is doubtful as he is trying to shake off a groin problem which ruled him out of the midweek Carling Cup win over Newcastle.

Arjen Robben and Frank Lampard are likely to be restored to the starting line-up having been on the bench against Newcastle, while Claude Makelele and Petr Cech are both set to return to the side after being rested in midweek.

Fulham are still missing Alain Goma, Ian Pearce, Lee Clark and Claus Jensen as they recover from injury.

Mark Crossley will keep his place in goal ahead of Edwin van der Sar after an impressive run of form between the sticks.

Tomasz Radzinski is pushing for a start after scoring twice in the midweek Carling Cup win over Nottingham Forest.

Collins John is doubtful with a thigh injury which forced him to miss the Forest clash.

Skysports.com prediction: 0-2

The Chelsea bandwagon should roll on with another clean sheet and three points at Craven Cottage.


Leon of Silvren2010-05-01 21:36:56 +0000 #2
Fulham v Chelsea

Craven Cottage

Saturday, 13 November

Kick-off: 1500 GMT



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Fulham are set to be without Claus Jensen, who suffered a hamstring tear against Aston Villa last month.

Collins John, who picked up a small muscle tear against Newcastle, will be sidelined for three weeks.

Chelsea have doubts over midfielder Joe Cole and goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, who are both suffering with a minor illness and high temperatures.

Manager Jose Mourinho will await a report tomorrow before deciding whether to include them in his squad.

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Fulham (from): Crossley, Volz, Knight, Rehman, Bocanegra, Malbranque, Diop, Pembridge, Boa Morte, Cole, Radzinski, McBride, Legwinski, Rosenior, Hammond, Van der Sar.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Cudicini, Pidgeley, Johnson, Babayaro, Makelele, Smertin, Carvalho, Lampard, Kezman, Cole, Duff, Gallas, Geremi, Robben, Bridge, Parker, Ferreira, Gudjohnsen, Terry, Tiago, Huth, Oliviera.

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BIG-MATCH FACTS

FULHAM will embark on their fourth London derby of this Premiership season, and Chelsea their third, when the two lock horns at Craven Cottage. The Cottagers are chasing a first ever Premiership maximum over their west London rivals and a third League win in a row in the current campaign, while the Premiership front runners are pursuing a fourth successive top flight victory. Indeed the match pits the joint biggest losers in the top division against the biggest winners (Fulham, six losses against Chelsea, nine victories). It also is a dress rehearsal for the Carling Cup quarter-final - the sides having been drawn together after extra time away victories on Wednesday night at Nottingham Forest for Fulham, and Newcastle for Chelsea.

Chris Coleman's side have struck form after an indifferent spell. Sunday's shock 1-4 victory over Newcastle at St James' Park was their biggest Premiership triumph of the season, and followed a 2-0 home win over Spurs, which in turn came after three successive losses.

Fulham have not beaten Chelsea in 14 League and Cup meetings, home and away. Their most recent top flight triumph was 1-2 at Stamford Bridge on 7 March 1964, but you have to go back four more years for the last highest League victory at Craven Cottage - that being by the odd goal in five on 17 September 1960.

CHELSEA may have lost their newly won top of the table spot by kick off time, as Arsenal have a 12 noon kick off at Spurs in the day's other London Premiership derby. Jose Mourinho's men have won their last seven matches on the spin in all competitions, and ten of the last 11, and have lost just once in 18 League and Cup matches so far this season.

The Blues go into this round of fixtures having won more Premiership games than any other club (nine). They're one of four clubs to have drawn just twice in the top flight this term, and like Arsenal, have lost just once. They've collected 13 points from a possible 18 on the road, and exactly mirrored last season's return when they also accrued 29 points from 12 games and 32 points from the first 13.

Chelsea, did the 'double' over Fulham with a hard fought victory at the Bridge in March. They had earlier taken three points off the Cottagers, courtesy of a Hernan Crespo header in this corresponding fixture, just before Christmas. The Blues have not lost on Fulham turf in six meetings - winning three and drawing three since going down 3-1 in the old Second Division on 8 April 1977.

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Referee

Uriah Rennie is taking charge of his seventh Premiership match of the season, and first involving either of these sides.

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SEQUENCES/RECENT FORM

FULHAM

12th 14 points

Highest realistically achievable after Saturday's games: 9th

Lowest could fall: 16th

Won the last four in all competitions.

Won the last two League games against Tottenham (2-0 h) and Newcastle (1-4 a).

Lost three of the last five Premiership contests.

Lost six times in the top division. No club has lost more matches, but Crystal Palace, Southampton and Blackburn have also been beaten six times.

Failed to score in four of their last 10 top flight encounters.

Of 20 goals conceded, only five have been shipped in the first half - and all of those in the middle quarter hour of that half.

Like Chelsea, levelled from being behind only once in the top division so far this term.

Yet to draw a home League game this term.

Defeated three times in top tier games at home. Fellow Londoners Crystal Palace and Spurs are the only other clubs to have suffered three home Premiership defeats.

CHELSEA

1st 29 points

Highest achievable after Saturday's games:

Increase at AT THE TOP to 5 points

Lowest could fall: 2nd

Seeking an eighth successive victory in all competitions.

Lost once in 18 League and Cup games this term.

Won nine, drawn two and lost one of their Premiership games this season.

Lost one of the last 15 top flight encounters.

Boast the Premiership's tightest defence, having conceded just three goals. Manchester United boast the top division's second meanest defence with nine goals shipped.

Kept most clean sheets in the Premiership - nine from 12 League games (four away).

Conceded two goals in one minute under 13 and a half hours of Premiership football (excluding stoppage time).

Conceded the quickest goal in the Premiership this season in James Beattie's 12 second strike for Southampton at the Bridge on 28 August.

Gone 15 League matches since conceding more than a single goal (2-1 loss at Newcastle on 25 April).

Completed 32 Premiership clashes since losing by more than a single goal (4-2, away to Charlton on Boxing Day 2003).

Only club yet to lose the lead in a Premiership game this season.

Conceded the opening goal in a mere two games. Aston Villa and Arsenal are the only other clubs to have experienced the opposition scoring first in only two Premiership matches.

Picked up 13 points away from the Bridge. Only Arsenal and Everton can match that on their Premiership travels.

Conceded only two goals on the road - one in each of the last two against Manchester City (Nicolas Anelka) and West Brom (Zoltan Gera).

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HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS

League: Fulham 6 wins, Chelsea 29, Draws 15

Prem: Fulham 0 wins, Chelsea 3, Draws 3

HEAD TO HEAD at Fulham

League: Fulham 4 wins, Chelsea 15, Draws 6

Prem: Fulham 0 wins, Chelsea 1, Draws 2
Leon of Silvren2010-05-01 21:36:47 +0000 #3
Match Report: Fulham 1 - 4 Chelsea

Another world class Arjen Robben performance, another four goal team performance, another top of the League Saturday afternoon. It’s been an immaculate Chelsea day.

Arsenal had gone top of the League with their 5-4 win at Tottenham in a midday kick-off, but Chelsea galloped to a convincing victory.

All the same, Fulham nearly had the perfect start when with 45 seconds gone captain Cole leathered a 25 yarder just over with Cech struggling after Carvalho had tackled Malbranque.

But with the sun in Crossley’s eyes for the first 20 minutes Chelsea then attacked with, not abandon perhaps but, freedom and great quality. Unfortunately the goal didn’t come.

Lampard headed a deflected, bouncing cross across Crossley but the flying goalkeeper turned it round. Terry intercepted a pass to Cole in his own half, brushed off the former England striker, and blasted through two challenges as he powered into the Fulham penalty area but, chasing his own prod, stabbed the ball wide as Crossley dived at his feet.

A trip on Robben not whistled up by referee Uriah Rennie left the Dutchman fuming and the Fulham crowd jeering at him, but a minute later he skinned Knight and shot across the goalkeeper who stretched out a leg to block effectively.

Robben finished the next attack, in which Lampard and Gudjohnsen both impressively stood immobile waiting for Fulham’s defence to commit themselves, with a 20 yard shot which hit Crossley in the chest before the goalkeeper could move his hands.

Robben’s next two attacks led to crosses. Firstly he fastened on to Gallas’ pass and squared for Smertin to shoot wide. Maybe Robben could have shot again. Then he dispossessed Knight and set up Gudjohnsen whose charging side-foot was just wide from ten yards.

At 3.21 the sun went behind the Riverside Stand, and the game became more even. Makelele was booked when fouling Boa Morte from behind after the wide man had beaten Ferreira.

But Chelsea remained on top even if the chances dried up until the 34th minute. Then Makelele was held back by Malbranque, and from the resulting free-kick 30 yards out Robben touched it, Duff stopped it and Lampard buried it, striking with the outside of his right foot, the ball flying into the top corner to his right. The lead was fully deserved.

Almost immediately mayhem in the Fulham area following a corner headed back into the mix by Terry finished with Knight hooking an overhead away from Gudjohnsen as the forward had his striking leg cocked under six yards out waiting for the notch.

In stoppage time before the interval Lampard should have had a penalty when Volz stood on his foot. Referee Rennie booked the Chelsea man for diving. The player had enjoyed a more distinguished first-half than the referee.

Chelsea started the second-half a little lackadaisically, taking possession to the extreme, and Gallas’ pass back put Cech under pressure, he cleared only to Malbranque who shot for the empty goal, but Terry got back to clear.

But high footballing principles nearly brought a second goal when Gudjohnsen slipped a wonderful pass behind Volz for Robben whose angled shot was blocked by Crossley who had held his position well.

Despite little things being not right, it seemed only a Chelsea mistake would allow Fulham back into the game. Gallas was off for a couple of minutes’ treatment but there was no problem. Lampard was fouled in Chelsea’s half but again Rennie decided against the England man. From the resulting cross, Carvalho headed clear but Bouba Diop volleyed back a 30 yarder past Cech into the bottom corner for an extraordinary equaliser. No defensive blame, but the referee had again been exposed.

Chelsea, and specifically Robben, took two minutes to regain the lead. He collected a headed clearance, sold a dummy which left two Fulham players on their backsides, dribbled past two more and lashed the ball in from ten yards. It was another world class goal from the world class Dutchman. And it was four consecutive games in which he’d scored.

Immediately he set up Lampard for another strike which Crossley easily saved. It was a dazzling performance.

Chelsea kept a bursting pace going, stretching Fulham who nevertheless came forward whenever possible. It was a good SW6 derby.

Tiago replaced the tiring Smertin after 62 minutes, and Fulham sent on McBride for Pembridge after 71, changing to 4-4-2. It was a Chelsea free-kick at the time, won by the marauding Ferreira off the chasing Boa Morte. Ferreira had fallen in the area, but there was no booking for the Fulham man.

Lampard finally took the free-kick, sending it bouncing wickedly across the six yard box, and the running, stooping Gallas headed home. Chelsea were in charge and heading back to the top of the League.

Fulham didn’t give up. Cole headed straight at Cech and Malbranque forced the goalkeeper into an athletic tip over with a fine 25 yarder, but it was time up for Fulham. Kezman went on for Duff, Robben forced another Crossley save, and then the winger took Tiago’s square pass from the left, made ground in the box, back-heeled the ball and the supporting Tiago running behind him wellied his second goal of the season into the bottom far corner.

For the third time in four League games Chelsea had scored four. The fans warned the Fulham fans of what is to come: “Carling Cup, we’re having a laugh…â€?

Huth replaced Gudjohnsen with seven minutes remaining and Chelsea went to five at the back. The fans sang: “You’re just a small shop in Knightsbridge.â€?

In the launch of the new badge yesterday, Friday, business affairs director Paul Smith said the plan was to take Chelsea from being the major club in West London to being the major club in the western hemisphere. Today, the side looked just that.
Menasaur2010-05-01 22:20:32 +0000 #4
It seems all the really talented players ain't at Real.
Will3172010-05-01 22:47:00 +0000 #5
Congrats for a convincing win in an entertaining match, from the Ars point of view though I was hoping for a draw or Fulham win of course.
Menasaur2010-05-01 22:06:44 +0000 #6
Only a team with such a pathetic defence as the Arse has would draw with Fulham. Keep dreaming Will.
Leon of Silvren2010-05-01 21:56:44 +0000 #7
Quote:

Originally Posted by Will317

Congrats for a convincing win in an entertaining match, from the Ars point of view though I was hoping for a draw or Fulham win of course.

Of course you expected that, but it's not gonna happen -at least not in this life - and yes, it was a very entertaining match, yours against Spurs was as well, BTW did you heard what Mourinho said about that match?? Pretty rude words....
Leon of Silvren2010-05-01 21:56:47 +0000 #8
Quote:

Originally Posted by Menasaur

It seems all the really talented players ain't at Real.

Well Real won today 6-1, if I were you I would think before posting kiddo, that way you'll not end looking as an idiot....

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