In Saturday lunchtime’s Premier League West London derby, Chelsea and Fulham look to exact revenge after losing their first legs of the EFL Cup semifinals.
After a humiliating 1-0 loss to Middlesbrough, the Blues will play the furious Stamford Bridge supporters again just one day after Marco Silva’s team lost 2-1 to a legendary Liverpool comeback.
The Chelsea Blues are expected to be without at least 12 players for this match as a number of their players have experienced difficulties in their recuperation from injuries.
Away at the Africa Cup of Nations is Nicolas Jackson.
Tim Ream and Adama Traore, both injured, will not return for Fulham.
Alex Iwobi, Fode Ballo-Toure, and Calvin Bassey are all gone at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Chelsea put up a lackluster display in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Middlesbrough on Tuesday night, following three straight victories.
The team led by Mauricio Pochettino will now play their next three games at home, where they have generally performed and performed well.
Despite losing their first leg match in midweek as well, Fulham gave a better performance than their west London rivals.
The Cottagers led at Anfield, but they lost to Liverpool’s second-half rally, trailing 2-1 going into the second leg.
The visitors, who defeated Arsenal in their most recent league game, have had difficulty winning away from home this year; they have only triumphed once in their previous six away games.