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Fulham - Chelsea
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The whistle goes and Chelsea celebrate a much-needed win, only their second in the last seven league games. Mason Mount’s goal is the difference between the sides and ten-man Fulham’s long wait for a league victory continues, despite what was a decent showing from Scott Parker's side.
Fulham throw bodies forward for the free-kick, but Chelsea deal with it and break. Werner is clean through on the inside left, but he can’t find the finish and sends his shot well wide of the far post.
- Yellow cardCésar AzpilicuetaChelsea
Fulham break at pace through Lookman and Azpilicueta is having none of that, picking up a booking for cynically ending the counter.
Azpilicueta charges on to a clearance and has a great chance to put this game to bed, but his shot from the edge of the box almost flies out of the stadium it’s so high.
Mount’s shot is blocked and deflects behind for yet another corner. There will be five minutes of added time.
- Yellow cardAdemola LookmanFulham
Lookman lunges in with a very similar challenge to Robinson on Azpilicueta, and again the Chelsea man reacts in a manner that wouldn’t be out of place in London’s West End. This time it’s just a booking.
Fulham are really going for this and the game has opened up. There’s every chance that it’ll lead to Chelsea extending their advantage, but it’s worth a go given the circumstances.
- OffOla AinaFulham
- OnJoe BryanFulham
Hats off to Scott Parker, that's an aggressive move for a team with a man down.
- OffBobby Decordova-ReidFulham
- OnAboubakar KamaraFulham
Double change for Fulham as they go in search of an equaliser.
This is surely Chelsea's game now, but you have to feel for ten-man Fulham, who have looked far better than their league position would suggest.
- GoalMason MountChelsea
GOOOAAALLL!!! Mason Mount scores for Chelsea! A cross into the box is swiped away by Areola, but Mount is left in space on the edge of the box and he keeps his composure to drill a shot home. That’s a big goal for Chelsea.
- OffHakim ZiyechChelsea
- OnCallum Hudson-OdoiChelsea
The double striker experiment didn’t last long for Chelsea, but they have a lot of attacking talent on the pitch now. Can Fulham hold on?
- OffOlivier GiroudChelsea
- OnTimo WernerChelsea
Lampard rings the changes as he goes in search of a winner.
- Yellow cardHakim ZiyechChelsea
Lookman looks to break and Ziyech takes him out. It's a clear yellow.
Fulham have been really good since the break in this backs-to-the-wall effort.
Azpilicueta and Mendy get in a mix-up and the loose ball falls to Lookman, but a terrific block by Thiago Silva saves the pair’s blushes.
Abraham and Pulisic are at full-stretch but can’t quite get on the end of Ziyech’s brilliant cross in from the right. Lampard wheels away in frustration on the touchline; that was a great chance!
Abraham very nearly opens the scoring with his first meaningful touch, heading into the arms of Areola. He was probably just offside too, but Lampard will be very encouraged by that immediate involvement.
- OnTammy AbrahamChelsea
Abraham and Giroud on the field at the same time is a departure from Lampard’s preferred shape, but it’s clear that Chelsea are going to keep on humping balls into the Fulham box and having an extra front-man on can only add to their threat in those situations.
Oh my, that’s a bad miss. A lovely Chelsea passing move works it to Giroud in space in the box, but he puts his shot well wide. The flag is up to spare the striker’s blushes, but he didn’t know that he was off at the time.
Ziyech has a speculative effort from the edge of the box and it’s deflected behind for yet another Chelsea corner. A blue-shirted player gets on the end of it, but the ball flies harmlessly wide. The pressure is building now, but it’s these set-pieces that appear to be Chelsea’s likeliest route to an opener.
Fulham counter and Aina jinks inside before firing over the bar. That’s going to be the hosts’ likeliest source of chances this half, but they’re going to need more composure at the end of counters than the former Chelsea man was able to provide there.
Azpilicueta goes down looking for a penalty but nothing is given and VAR doesn’t deem it enough to intervene. That did look a little WWE from the Chelsea full-back, with the distance and drama of his fall not exactly matching the contact.
Thiago Silva thumps a header wide as Chelsea continue to pump cross after cross into the Fulham box. For some reason it’s given as a corner again, maybe there was a slight touch off a defender that I couldn’t see, but Fulham deal well with the second set-piece.
Giroud can’t hide his frustration after a low cross into the box narrowly evades him and Fulham scramble clear.
Ziyech hammers in a cross-shot from a ridiculous angle but it troubles Areola and the keeper turns it behind via a touch off the post.
Fulham are sticking with a back-five despite the red-card, which unfortunately could see their attacking players even more isolated. It’s been a formation that has worked well for Parker though so you can understand why he’s gone that way.
- 2nd Half
Chelsea get the second half underway at Craven Cottage against ten-man Fulham.
The whistle goes to end the half as Scott Parker waits on the touchline to have a word with the ref. It's 0-0 at the break and Fulham have arguably had the pick of the chances on the counter-attack, but Chelsea have dominated the game for long periods and that red card means they are clear favourites to go on and win this game now.
That is a tad harsh given he barely made contact with the Chelsea man, but it was a lunging challenge at pace so you can see why the ref’s given it and VAR is not going to overturn a decision like that. You do feel a little bit that the huge reaction from Azpilicueta (rolling and rolling and screaming out in pain) made the referee’s mind up, but either way that’s completely changed the task facing Fulham after the break.
- Red cardAntonee RobinsonFulham
Robinson goes in hard on Azpilicueta and the referee brandishes a red card. That looks very harsh on first viewing, but I’ll have to see the replays.
Fulham throw bodies forward again, but this time Tete can’t pick out the right ball and Mendy claims his floated cross. After a spell on the ropes this has been an encouraging few minutes for Fulham.
What a chance that is for Fulham! A wonderful bit of interplay between Robinson and Lookman down the left opens Chelsea up, before the former picks out a great pass to Tete on the far side. The wing-back opts against a shot and finds Cavaleiro, completely unmarked and ten yards out, but the hero against Spurs can’t find the finish this time and balloons it over the bar.
Fulham fail to deal with the set-piece and Areola gratefully falls on the ball after a bit of penalty-box pinball.
Tete does well to put Chilwell’s dinked cross behind for a corner after the most flowing Chelsea attack of the game so far. It results in the visitors’ fifth corner in the opening 35 minutes.
This time it’s Pulisic who has a crack from range, but his shot slides narrowly wide.
Chelsea are increasingly dominating this game and Fulham’s attacking threat has dried up a bit.
Andersen is caught in the face by both of Giroud’s arms in a slightly strange incident, but it was clearly an accident and will be just a free-kick.
Rudiger’s towering header from a corner arrows towards the bottom corner but Areola makes a good save. It’s fair to say that the Fulham stopper has had himself a very decent week so far.
A weak clearance falls straight to the feet of Mount inside the Fulham box and he rattles the crossbar with a thumping shot. That’s comfortably the best chance of the game so far and the ploy of raining in crosses has finally produced something.
Ziyech has a crack from range after a nice lay-off by Giroud, but again Areola has a good view of it and makes a comfortable save.
Lookman goes through the back of Mount and is a tad lucky to escape a booking.
Fulham’s possession stats have dipped below 30% now, but I doubt Scott Parker will be that concerned – they’ve limited Chelsea to speculative efforts while also offering threat of their own on the break.
Lookman does a great job down the flank and hammers a low cross into the feet of Cavaleiro, but the forward can’t quite get it set for a shot. Encouraging signs for Fulham though, particularly in those wide areas where they’re finding some pockets of space.
Robinson gets away down the Fulham left and puts in a decent cross, but Rudiger produces two excellent blocks in quick succession and Chelsea clear.
Again Chelsea go long in search of Giroud in the Fulham box. It’s not hard to see that the visitors feel that is the best approach today, but so far it’s not hugely troubled the Fulham defence.
A cross into the Fulham box can’t quite find Giroud, but the clearance falls invitingly to Chilwell on the volley. Unfortunately the shot only troubles the empty seats in row z.
Giroud has a pop from outside the box with a nice outside-of-the-boot effort, but the keeper sees it all the way and produces a nice save to tip it around the post.
A nice Fulham move puts Tete in a bit of space on the edge of the box, but he looks for another pass to Lookman rather than pulling the trigger and the chance goes begging.
Fulham look to have set up far deeper than they did against Spurs, instead looking content to launch counter-attacks and only press when Chelsea over-play at the back.
A Chelsea corner routine tees up Mount, but his shot from the edge of the box is well blocked.
Pulisic tries to slip Chilwell in down the Chelsea left as the visitors make the running in the opening stages, but his pass is a little under-hit and it’s cut out.
- 1st Half
Fulham, in their white and black home kit, get the game underway. Chelsea are kitted out in their familiar all-blue.
The players line up around the centre circle for a moment of silence to remember Fulham legend Tosh Chamberlain, who sadly passed away this week at the age of 86.
Here we go then. The players are out at Craven Cottage and we’re moments away from kick-off.
It’ll also be interesting to see how Chelsea’s defence performs today, with rumours circulating that Upamecano is a major transfer target.
The loss of Loftus-Cheek will hurt Fulham today, he’s impressed on his loan spell, enough to prompt some praise from Lampard ahead of this match:
" Seeing him play recently, I see him looking fit, fresh and strong. We know he’s an obvious talent so it’s great. If he can keep that up hopefully through the season, and if he can get back to where he was and more, then I’ll be very happy and he’ll come back as our player, for sure."
Fulham were hugely impressive at times against Spurs on Wednesday, with Ademola Lookman particular impressive when he came off the bench. The absence of Ruben Loftus-Cheek (due to him being on loan from Chelsea) means there’s a start for Lookman, and you’d back him to give the Chelsea full-backs some tough moments.
Chelsea will certainly be targeting this game as a chance to turn their season around. Lampard’s side have won just one of the last six to slip not just away from the title chase but also slightly out of touch with the chasing pack. It’s a strange season though, with so many fluctuations in form likely still to come, so it’s still early enough for Lampard to rescue things.
It’s been a strange week for Scott Parker’s Fulham. This game had originally been scheduled to be played on Friday night, but the shoehorning in of the Spurs fixture on Wednesday saw it moved by a day to at least give Fulham some time to prepare. You’d imagine Parker would have much preferred a full week to work on a plan, yet the confidence his side will have gained from the draw against Spurs may turn out to be just as important.
Frank Lampard's Chelsea XI raises some interesting questions, not least about the players he's left on the bench...
Here's the Fulham team, with the notable change being Lookman in and Loftus-Cheek out.
Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of Fulham v Chelsea at Craven Cottage. I’ll bring you the team news and build-up throughout the next hour, before live coverage of the game itself - which kicks off at 17:30 GMT.