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Sat 21 Sep 2013 17:30 (Attendance: 41,608)


For the second Saturday running Chelsea are in tea-time action, and on this occasion it's a local affair. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton size up the SW6 derby…

It is kind when the neighbours know you are having a bit of a rough time and pop straight round to see how you are. Unfortunately Fulham will not be knocking on the door on Saturday evening with a bottle of red, chocolate and compassion. At the same time, the Whites should prepare themselves just in case the greeting they receive is a bit brisk.

Chelsea's home group stage defeat by a tenacious Basel, our first in the Champions League since the opening match of the 2003/4 campaign proper (an even more surprising 0-2 to Besiktas), follows the narrow league loss at Everton.

The squandered chances of Goodison were not so abundant against the Swiss, which will concern Jose Mourinho. Chelsea may not have a mountain to climb but the Swiss made the route to the knockout stage a little steeper and the Blues need a lift.

Although it is decades since we lost in this branch of the west London derby, Fulham have drawn four of their last seven at the Bridge, including the most recent two. We have not scored more than one home league goal against them since Christmas 2009.

Sir Bobby Robson was in the Fulham side the last time they won at Stamford Bridge in a top-flight league game, in 1964.

A win for under-pressure Martin Jol's team would inflict a third successive defeat for the first time since May/August 2006, when the newly crowned Premier League champions slipped up in the final two league games against Blackburn and Newcastle and the Community Shield against Liverpool.

The last hat-trick of defeats when it mattered was in September/October 2002 when our failure at Viking Stavanger in the UEFA Cup was sandwiched between league losses at home to West Ham and away to Liverpool.

The Dutch coach has squeezed just one win from a dozen meetings with Chelsea at Tottenham and his current side. The victory came at White Hart Lane and against 10 men. He has drawn four of the others and taken nil points on seven occasions.

The most recent west London derby was in mid-April at the Cottage, the visitors running out easy 3-0 winners.

Fulham v Chelsea

Jol's men are finding goals equally hard to come by so far this season, notching three in four Premier League outings.

After just four matches no Premier League side can boast a perfect start. That is for the second successive season, but the previous four campaigns all had teams protecting a 100 per cent record at this stage. Are the stronger teams growing weaker or has the general standard improved?

Q: Which sacked Fulham manager worked briefly as a scout for Chelsea under Dave Sexton? #CFCPMB

A win will put the Blues above both Manchester clubs, who play each other on Sunday. Chelsea then detour to Swindon Town (our first visit for 20 years) in the League Cup on Tuesday night before facing Tottenham away Saturday lunchtime.

Barclays Premier League fixtures

Norwich v Aston Villa 12.45pm - BT Sport
Liverpool v Southampton 3pm
Newcastle v Hull 3pm
West Brom v Sunderland 3pm
West Ham v Everton 3pm
Chelsea v Fulham 5.30pm - Sky Sports
Arsenal v Stoke 1.30pm - Sky Sports
Crystal Palace v Swansea 1.30pm
Cardiff v Tottenham 4pm
Manchester City v Manchester United 4pm - Sky Sports

Barclays Premier League top six
Top Pld Gd Pts
1 Liverpool 4 +3 10
2 Arsenal 4 +3 9
3 Tottenham 4 +3 9
4 Man City 4 +5 7
5 Man Utd 4 +4 7
6 Chelsea 4 +2 7
14 Fulham 4 -2 4



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Despite set backs in the past week, Chelsea start this game knowing that nine of the last 10 league fixtures at Stamford Bridge have been won by the hosts. Jose Mourinho may well ring changes again after Wednesday, with John Terry's return a distinct possibility and might there be a start for Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic having played every minute of every club game so far this season?

Terry netted twice in the Blues' 3-0 win at the Cottage in April - both headers from set-pieces in which Juan Mata was heavily involved.

Ramires, who missed the Basel defeat through suspension, will be pressing for a return in the Blues' midfield, as will Kevin De Bruyne. Fernando Torres's absence from action in midweek suggests he may be involved today. He is the only Chelsea centre-forward to have scored so far this season.

Surprisingly Steve Sidwell finds himself Fulham's joint top scorer. Along with Scott Parker, he forms an all-former Blue defensive screen in Martin Jol's preferred 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-1-1 set-ups. Damien Duff, used more sparingly these days, will meet again the manager with whom he lifted back-to-back Premier League trophies.

Duff and Mourinho

Jol strengthened virtually all areas of the pitch in his summer transfer dealings. Goalie and fellow Dutchman Maarten Stekelenburg was the star signing from Roma (his arrival allowing Mark Schwarzer to be released and join Chelsea).

However, he injured a shoulder on his debut at Sunderland and will almost certainly miss this game with much-travelled 27-year-old David Stockdale in goal - he played in Fulham's draw at the Bridge on Boxing Day 2011. Chelsea had 12 shots on target that day, managing just the one goal, and in truth the Blues will want to extend him more than was the case that day.

The Whites' central defence is also missing the unsung hero Aaron Hughes. Philippe Senderos, who has often had a difficult time of it against Chelsea and especially Didier Drogba, should partner skipper Brede Hangeland.

Jol has also recruited Darren Bent from Villa, Scott Parker (Spurs) and Adel Taarabt (QPR), while Derek Boateng (debut Sunderland) was among others to transfer in for free.

Whether Dimitar Berbatov and Bent can hit it off as a front two remains to be seen but they do share one thing: both are expected to return from hamstring injuries this weekend.

Fulham conceded late in the game against West Brom to draw a game they should have won. They looked fluent in attack but injuries to Bryan Ruiz and Dimitar Berbatov, added to the sidelined Darren Bent, must have alarmed Jol.

Hard-working Ruiz's absence would be a problem. So great is his influence (along with raiding right-back Sascha Riether) that a disproportionate number of Fulham's attacks go down his right flank. If he is not required as a back-up centre-forward, Hugo Rodallega could play on the right. He has been a thorn in Chelsea sides in the past and that area has been productive for opponents this season.

Sadly not much has been going right for Eden Hazard of late but he has the confidence to keep taking players on and taking risks. Hopefully his luck will change soon and the SW6 derby is as good a stage as any.

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Chelsea are looking to extend our unbeaten run against Fulham to 16 games. Our last defeat came in March 2006 after Luis Boa Morte's lone goal.

This is the biggest west London derby but for many years local supporters of each club were friendly rivals, frequently watching the other team play when theirs was away that weekend.

Although Fulham is the oldest London team in the Premier League, they were originally in the Southern League, and this is only the 24th season that Chelsea and Fulham have been in the top flight together. Half of those have come in a straight run since the Whites were promoted in 2001.

Fulham have won two of our 34 previous league meetings at Stamford Bridge. They were 1963/64 (1-2) in the old First Division and 1979/80 (0-2) in the old Division Two.

Former Blues boss Bobby Campbell was the visitors' manager the last occasion Fulham came away from Stamford Bridge with maximum points, in October 1979 in the old Second Division.

Malcolm 'Super Mac' MacDonald was the manager 30 years ago towards the end of the 1983/84 season when John Neal's Chelsea were chasing promotion from Division Two.

Colin Pates had been delighted when Neal installed him as captain for the run-in in the absence of Tony McAndrew. 'It was a total surprise but I thrive on responsibility and this is just what I need,' enthused the cultured centre-back. 'I've always wanted to be skipper. It means you have to be totally involved throughout the match.'

Yet this was a side full of personalities. Joey Jones (pictured below left) performed his usual ritual of running to each corner and shaking his fist to encourage the crowd and even raised cheers when he karate-kicked Fulham's Paul Parker, earning a yellow and intimidating the full-back out of the game. Fellow Welshman Mickey Thomas was all magic and mischief too as the hosts ran riot.

The third biggest crowd at Stamford Bridge that season, 32,000, was present to see a classic Kerry Dixon-David Speedie-Pat Nevin show in front of goal. All three scored, with Dixon hitting the first and the third in a master class of sweeping football and finishing.

Chelsea v Fulham

Chelsea were promoted a few weeks later and it would be 18 years before the Whites' next league stroll up the Fulham Road came again.

Our last 10 Premier league meetings at Stamford Bridge
2003/04 - Chelsea won 2-1
2004/05 - Chelsea won 3-1
2005/06 - Chelsea won 3-2
2006/07 - Drew 2-2
2007/08 - Drew 0-0
2008/09 - Chelsea won 3-1
2009/10 - Chelsea won 2-1
2010/11 - Chelsea won 1-0
2011/12 - Drew 1-1
2012/13 - Drew 0-0



Other match last season
17 April 2013 Premier League
Fulham………..………0 Chelsea………..……3
                                           D Luiz 30
                                           Terry 42, 71
                Att: 25,002

Chelsea v Fulham in all competitions
Games played 78
Chelsea wins 43
Fulham wins 9
Draws 26

Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 34
Chelsea wins 19
Fulham wins 2
Draws 13

Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 4-0 Fulham - 26/09/1925 and 07/04/1984
Chelsea 0-2 Fulham - 27/10/1979

Chelsea lost to Fulham at Stamford Bridge in the top flight: 18,095
Fulham won an away game in the Capital: 188
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,045
Liverpool won the league: 8,540


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In the Premier League Chelsea have won 28 points of the last 30 at Stamford Bridge.

Last six results
Aug 18 Hull City (h) W 2-0
Aug 21 Aston Villa (h) W 2-1
Aug 26 Manchester United (a) D 0-0
Aug 30 Bayern Munich (Super Cup) lost 4-5 on pens D 2-2
Sep 14 Everton (a) L 0-1
Sep 18 Basel (Champions League h) L 1-2

Premier League scorers (4)
Ivanovic 1, Lampard 1, Oscar 1, own goal 1

League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 3
A home defeat: 11

Chelsea's next three games
Tue 24 Sep Swindon (Capital One Cup) away 7.45pm
Sat 28 Sep Tottenham away 2.45pm
Tue 1 Oct Steaua Bucharest (Champions League) away 7.45pm

If selected, John Terry will captain Chelsea for the 450th occasion tonight.

Cesar Azpilicueta's next appearance will be his 50th for Chelsea in all competitions.

Formed 1879

Seventeen years ago at the end of the 1995/96 season Fulham were 17th in the Third Division (fourth tier), and in the next five seasons won three promotions including being champions of the Second and First Divisions. The Cottagers have never won a major trophy.

Fulham are in their 13th successive season in the Premier League which is the longest spell they have ever spent in the top flight.

Last season
Premier League -12th
FA Cup - Fourth round
Capital One Cup - Second round

Fulham have lost eight of their last 12 league games winning eight points from a possible 36.

Last season they didn't win any of the 18 matches their opposition opened the scoring. They have lost both games (Newcastle and Arsenal) this has happened this term.

Last season the Cottagers won four of their 19 away games in the Premier League - at Wigan, West Brom, Tottenham and Swansea.

Manager Martin Jol
Days in charge: 837
Played 102
Won 35
Drawn 28
Lost 39

Fulham's last 10 year league history
Pts Pos
2003/04 52 9th
2004/05 44 13th
2005/06 48 12th
2006/07 39 16th
2007/08 36 17th
2008/09 53 7th
2009/10 46 12th
2010/11 49 8th
2011/12 52 9th
2012/13 43 12th

Last six results
Aug 18 Hull City (h) W 2-0
Aug 21 Aston Villa (h) W 2-1
Aug 26 Manchester United (a) D 0-0
Aug 30 Bayern Munich (Super Cup) lost 4-5 on pens D 2-2
Sep 14 Everton (a) L 0-1
Sep 18 Basel (Champions League h) L 1-2

Premier League scorers (3)
Bent 1, Kasami 1, Sidwell 1.


League games since
An away win: 1
An away draw: 4
An away defeat: 0

Derek Boateng (Dnipro, free), Fernando Amorebieta (Athletic Bilbao, free), Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma, undisclosed), Giorgos Karagounis (unattached), Sascha Riether (Cologne, £1.2m), Adel Taarabt (QPR, loan), Darren Bent (Aston Villa, loan), Scott Parker (Tottenham, undisclosed), Elsad Zverotic (Young Boys Bern, undisclosed)
Outs Chris Baird (released), Simon Davies (released), Mahamadou Diarra (released), Mladen Petric (released, now West Ham), Mark Schwarzer (released, now Chelsea), Csaba Somogyi (released), Danny Hoesen (Ajax, undisclosed)

Andre Marriner is refereeing his first Chelsea game since our defeat at the Etihad against Manchester City in February.

There are no suspensions.

- Visit again tomorrow for Part Two of the Briefing.


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Chelsea v Fulham



  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 12
    John Mikel
  • 14
    Andre Schurrle Substitution
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar
  • 17
    Eden Hazard Substitution
  • 29
    Samuel Eto'o Substitution


  • 15
    Kevin De Bruyne Substitution
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 22
    da Silva Willian
  • 9
    Fernando Torres Substitution
  • 5
    Michael Essien
  • 8
    Frank Lampard Substitution
  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 13
    David Stockdale
  • 27
    Sascha Riether
  • 5
    Brede Hangeland
  • 35
    Fernando Amorebieta
  • 15
    Kieran Richardson
  • 16
    Substitution Damien Duff
  • 7
    Steve Sidwell
  • 28
    Scott Parker
  • 11
    Substitution Alex Kacaniklic
  • 8
    Substitution Pajtim Kasami
  • 39
    Darren Bent


  • 4
    Philippe Senderos
  • 38
    Neil Etheridge
  • 22
    Elsad Zverotic
  • 36
    Substitution Buomesca Tue Na Bangna
  • 20
    Substitution Hugo Rodallega
  • 14
    Giorgos Karagounis
  • 19
    Substitution Adel Taarabt

CHELSEA v FULHAM - 21/09/13

Chelsea vs Fulham Highlights

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Chelsea 2 Fulham 0
Match Highlights from Stamford Bridge
8:27 min


Oscar's third goal of the season and John Mikel Obi's third of his Chelsea career put the team back on the winning path in Saturday's tea-time game.

The Blues had to wait until the second half for the breakthrough after a first period in which the performance improved towards the interval.

The Brazilian found the net from close range shortly after the restart but the biggest cheer of the day came late in the game when the identity of the second scorer became clear, Mikel netting for the first time since January 2007 and for the first time in the Premier League.

Chelsea had a couple of worthy penalty claims turned down and although Petr Cech denied Darren Bent twice early in the game, overall our visitors from down the road cannot complain about the result.

Team News
The defence was the one that started the first three games of the season with John Terry returning in place of David Luiz.

Ramires was available again after his European suspension and came back in with John Mikel Obi the other central midfielder. Andre Schurrle replaced Willian on the right and Samuel Eto'o started up front for the third game running.

Fulham had two strikers racing to be fit in time. Bent made it but Dimitar Berbatov didn't. Damien Duff came in on the right of their attack for injured Bryan Ruiz and Fernando Amorebieta replaced Philippe Senderos as Brede Hangeland's partner in central defence.

First half
After two defeats, an early goal would have done wonders for the team and the crowd's confidence but Fulham proved a tough nut to crack. Going forward themselves in the first half, they did enough to warn that Chelsea would need to defend with care if a repeat of the midweek shock against Basel was not to become a possibility.

Steve Sidwell, one of three ex-Chelsea players in the Fulham line-up headed the first chance over when he beat Mikel to a ball chipped over inside five minutes, but then Branislav Ivanovic whipped a ball in at the other end which Eto'o darted in front of the keeper to meet first. He couldn't turn it goalwards.

It was Mikel's loose pass forward that allowed a quick ball forward for Bent to chase having run behind Terry and Cahill, but Cech did the job required with his feet outside his area.

The Chelsea keeper then did excellently with his hands 12 minutes in when Ramires this time gave Fulham the chance for a quick break. Bent was the man again denied having beaten the offside, this time by a save when he shot too close to Cech. There were Chelsea shouts for a penalty soon after when Hazard appeared to be barged in the back by Sascha Riether. Nothing given.

Schurrle was taking free-kicks from both sides of the pitch and one from the right was helped on its way by the head of Ramires but it was comfortable for Stockdale to save. The Fulham keeper was less convincing in dealing with an in-swinging corner from the German midway through the half but he survived when he missed his punch.

Chelsea v Fulham

The Blues needed to find space, with the passing not sufficient to work a path through a crowd camped on the edge of the Fulham box. It fell to the skipper to spin a good, long pass out wide that allowed Eto'o to cut inside and release a powerful shot. A deflection and corner was the Cameroonian's only reward.

Hazard's willingness to take the ball into tight spots earned a clumsy foul from Kasami. With the more regular direct free-kick takers not in the team, Oscar took control but his attempt hit the top of the wall.

A bright passage of play by the Blues culminated in Hazard volleying off-target when Stockdale's punched clearance fell in range. The Belgian had the next effort too, scuffing a 20-yarder well wide. Chelsea were still looking for a spark to ignite this performance.

Half-time was close and good covering by Cahill kept Fulham well at bay when Terry's initial challenge was bypassed. With two minutes to go before the break the Cottagers had their biggest scare yet. It took Cole to show the control needed inside the area to cause Fulham to open up, but when Ivanovic slammed a shot goalwards, a double ricochet kept it away from the target.

Second half
The goal that brought Stamford Bridge to its feet and eased the tension that had built in the first half came five minutes after the restart. Hazard drove the ball forward initially but the most crucial contribution was from Schurrle, who on the left of the area dropped a shoulder and darted to the by-line, finding the yard necessary to shoot on target.

Twice the keeper handled badly, with Mikel picking up the initial rebound. When the ball broke loose to Oscar, the Brazilian made no mistake from close range.

Chelsea v Fulham

With no further chances coming but Chelsea holding the lead comfortably, Jose Mourinho made his first change on 63 minutes, Torres coming on for Eto'o who had shown a couple of impressive moments of footwork. Fulham swapped Duff for Adel Taarabt at the same time.

Chelsea went in search of the cushion a second goal would bring and with a bit more space to play in now the lead had been taken, Oscar and Hazard's passing was beginning to test our local rivals.

Ramires claimed a penalty for a trip by Amorebieta but again referee Andre Marriner waved play on. Replays showed the Chelsea midfielder's foot had been caught by his opponent.

Then Ivanovic hammered a dangerous looking ball into a crowded goalmouth but Fulham escaped.

Former Chelsea Academy player Buomesca Na Bangna was introduced into the Fulham attacking midfield for the last 20 minutes. It was his debut. Lampard replaced Schurrle seven minutes later.

A Chelsea counter-attack briefly threatened but Ramires didn't have the space to shoot when Torres pushed the ball his way. Torres did much better from the corner that followed, Stockdale denying the Spaniard's header with a splendid save. However that meant another corner and from that the lead was doubled.

Terry was colossal in heading it back into the danger zone and there was Mikel to gymnastically hook the ball home for the second close-range strike of the game. His wait for a goal that had lasted 261 games was over, and now the crowd could have some fun.

Chelsea v Fulham

'John Obi Mikel, he scores when he wants' and 'Have you ever seen Mikel score a goal?' were part of the repertoire as the fans sang the team to victory in the SW6 derby. The three points put Chelsea top of the table ahead of the Sunday fixtures.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Cole; Ramires, Mikel; Schurrle (Lampard 79), Oscar, Hazard (De Bruyne 84); Eto'o (Torres 63).
Unused subs Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Essien, Willian.
Scorers Oscar 51, Mikel 83.

Fulham (4-4-1-1): Stockdale, Riether, Hangeland (c), Amorebieta, Richardson; Duff (Taarabt 64), Parker, Sidwell, Kacaniklic (Na Bangna 71); Kasami (Rodallega 85); Bent.
Unused subs Etheridge, Zverotic, Senderos, Karagounis.

Andre Marriner.

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Last week at Swansea we worked hard, created a lot of chances to score and eventually we got the goal we needed to leave a difficult place with three points...

SUNDERLAND - 19/4/14 - JT

We have got four games to go and four victories is a must for us to win the league...


We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...


Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...


Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...


At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...


Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!


Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...


Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...


Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...