Chelsea face a tough match in the form of a London derby versus Fulham at home. The blues will be looking to repeat the same as they did in September when they beat Fulham by 2 clear goals and keeping a clean sheet. Frank Lampard on that day did very well and he will be captaining the side on Saturday. Fulham are in 12th position and a win at the Bridge could send them as high as 9th which would also mean a loss for the blues at home after 3 years. Chelsea still remain the only club in the league to have scored in all their games this season. Chelsea have won 7 of the 11 games the two teams have played in the premiership history.
John Terry has finally gone the surgery route and the word from the Chelsea camp is that he could be back very soon. There are reports flying around that he could be back as soon as the first week of January but I suppose that is a bit pre mature for a player who has just undergone a surgery. For the moment the defensive concerns are growing with Khalid Boulahrouz suspended for this match which means that Ferreira would almost definitely partner Carvalho in defense. Geremi is likely to start at right back with Ashley cole on the left. Makele was given a rest in the mid week fixture but is likely to play in the west London derby.
Collins John will almost definitely be back in the team this week and will replace Helguson who is suspended anyways. Luis Boa Morte will undergo a late fitness test to prove his fitness for the quest to return to the starting line-up for Fulham. Claus Jensen is out with a groin injury and it will be upto Chris Coleman to decide who to play in his place.
An Asian Handicap on Fulham (+1.5, +2.0) at 1.90 is a decent bet all around. This match could have a slow start, so a bet on a First Half draw wouldn’t be too bad. The odds for that are 2.87. Considering the last few Chelsea matches, the team has managed to score most of its goals in the second half. The half with most goals – ‘Second half’ fetches you odds of 2.0