Chelsea are having a season to forget in the English Premier League and are seeking a ninth win of the season when they host Fulham on Friday night.
The Blues are coming off a boring barren draw against fellow strugglers Liverpool, leaving them in 10th place with 29 points.
A win for them on Friday will see them temporarily jump into the English top flight’s top six and will be a boost for their morale.
They have spent almost £300 million to bring in 8 players in January, with big names including Mykhailo Mudryk, Joao Felix and Enzo Fernandez joining the club.
The Blues broke the British transfer record to sign World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez on deadline day for a fee of £106.5million.
Fulham on the other hand are coming off a 1-1 draw with Sunderland in the FA Cup, meaning they are without a win in three games.
They are in seventh place on the English Premier League table with 31 points and need to avoid defeat to remain ahead of their opponents.
Their last win came against Chelsea on January 13 and the Cottagers will fancy their chances as they visit Stamford Bridge this Friday.
If Fulham can beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge, it will be the first time in the club’s history that they have completed a league double over Chelsea.
Chelsea boast a 52.7% win rate in Premier League London derbies, the highest in the competition. Fulham have the lowest (19.3%).
Can Graham Potters side get a morale-boosting win here as they look to finish the rest of the season on a high note?
What time does Chelsea vs Fulham start?
The game kicks off at 11pm Kenyan time at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Fulham team news
Hakim Ziyech or Conor Gallagher are likely to drop to the bench with new signing Mudryk primed to start after an impressive display off the bench.
Enzo Fernandez is also eligible to play but is likely to feature from the bench as Mason Mount and Matteo Kovacic retain their spots.
Joao Felix will serve his final match suspension here and Kai Havertz will start in a false 9 role.
For the visitors, they have no injury concerns and have two new signings of their own to give the chance to shine here.
Cedric Soares on loan from Arsenal and Serbian international Sasa Lukic from Torino joins his compatriot Aleksandr Mitrovic.
Chelsea vs Fulham head to head
Fulham have won just two of their 37 away league games against Chelsea, drawing 13 and losing 22 – giving the Blues a healthy advantage over their opponents.
Chelsea vs Fulham current form
The home team have only won one game in their last 5 games – a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace. They have lost three games in a dismal run of form.
Fulham on the other hand have won twice and lost twice in that run.
Chelsea vs Fulham prediction
Despite their discouraging run, Chelsea are at home now and are very desperate to get revenge over their opponents. Even if not convincingly, Chelsea are tipped to win.