It is once more down to the Bridge for our second home game in four days. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look local…
Although Chelsea lost ground to former boss Steve Clarke's West Bromwich Albion by drawing with Manchester City, a draw and a clean sheet against the English champions was a creditable result.
That was the Blues' first Premier League shutout since the same scoreline at QPR in mid-September.
Only Wigan and Southampton have conceded more than one goal in a league game more often than Martin Jol's Fulham team, who have managed it eight times. Only the Saints and QPR have conceded more total goals than the Whites' 23 in 13 games.
Fulham's defensive capacity is compromised further by the loss of centre-back Brede Hangeland, red-carded in the shock 1-3 home defeat by Sunderland a fortnight ago (pictured below).
With Didier Drogba's favourite defender Philippe Senderos instead of the influential skipper, Fulham fell 0-1 to Stoke at the weekend - a simple tap-in from a Peter Crouch knockdown.
New manager Rafael Benîtez will be keen to build on the solidity of Sunday by increasing Chelsea's firepower in front of the opposition goal.
Three shots on target in the two games against Juventus and City has to improve if the Blues are to improve on a record of two wins in the last nine matches in all competitions. That sequence includes four defeats.
This is the first of two London derbies in four days, with the Boleyn Ground the venue when west meets east on Saturday. Chelsea are the only unbeaten side in capital clashes so far this season; Fulham have not won either of their derby matches.
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By the time you read this, the 250,000,000th spectator is likely to have passed through the turnstiles of a Barclays Premier League match.
In 20 years since the opening day, Saturday 15 August 1992, Chelsea have recorded the fifth highest total home attendance: 13,710,252. The only clubs with higher aggregates are Manchester United (24,322,356), Arsenal (17,036,537), Liverpool (16,491,290) and Newcastle (15,878,733).
Back in 1913/14 and 1919/20 Chelsea were the first British club to break the 30,000 and 40,000 barriers for average home attendances, so the current figures reflect consistently high crowds over the last century.
To celebrate the 250m landmark, four Chelsea fans have the chance to win an 'ultimate matchday experience'.
Barclays are launching a 'Find the Fan' competition to reward a supporter and three friends from each of the 20 clubs with a VIP trip to see their team in a Barclays Premier League match, including hospitality and first class travel and accommodation.
Photographers will be at all 20 fixtures on November 24 and 25, and 27 and 28, and will be taking exclusive pictures of both home and away fans on the matchdays to find a fan from each club to represent the 250 million fans. The images will be uploaded onto the Barclays Football Face.book site
Fans will be asked to identify themselves to be eligible for the VIP prize draw.
Barclays Premier League fixtures
Chelsea v Fulham 7.45pm
Everton v Arsenal 7.45pm
Southampton v Norwich 7.45pm
Stoke v Newcastle 7.45pm
Swansea v West Brom 7.45pm
Tottenham v Liverpool 7.45pm
Manchester United v West Ham 8.00pm
Wigan v Manchester City 8.00pm - Sky Sports
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WE HAVE HISTORY
Chelsea are looking to extend our unbeaten run against Fulham to 14 games since our last defeat - in March 2006 by Luis Boa Morte's only goal.
This fixture was first played at Stamford Bridge in April 1911 and ended in a 2-0 victory for the Pensioners, Billy Bridgeman and Bob Whittingham the scorers.
Although Fulham is the oldest London team in the Premier League, they were originally in the Southern League, and this is only the 23rd season that Chelsea and Fulham have been in the top flight together.
It has been quite a one-sided affair at Stamford Bridge. Fulham have won two of our 33 previous league meetings. 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.
The hosts' biggest margin of victory, 4-0, has been recorded twice, both in Division Two. The first was in September 1925 under David Calderhead, the second towards the end of our successful promotion campaign in April 1984.
Malcolm MacDonald's Fulham had had no answer to Chelsea's confidence and determination in a 3-5 defeat at Craven Cottage, but their former Blues midfielder Ray Lewington suggested in newspapers beforehand that Sheffield Wednesday were a better team and his old side had flair but 'leave the door open at the back.'
Chelsea's sense of purpose was symbolised by full-back Joey Jones (pictured below left), typically running to each corner of the ground with his fist clenched to encourage fans.
It was the attacking triumvirate of David Speedie (pictured above middle), Pat Nevin and Kerry Dixon (two) who proved irresistible, though, snaffling up the goals in front of just under 32,000 ecstatic supporters. Seven games later the Blues returned to the top flight as champions - ahead of Sheffield Wednesday on goal difference.
Our last 10 Premier league meetings at Stamford Bridge
2002/03 - Drew 1-1
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
Other matches last season
9 April 2012 Barclays Premier League
Dempsey 81 Lampard 45 pen
21 September 2011 League Cup third round
Chelsea won 4-3 on penalties after extra time
Fulham v Chelsea in all competitions
Games played 76
Chelsea wins 42
Fulham wins 9
Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 33
Chelsea wins 19
Fulham wins 2
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 won at home in the Premier League: 53
Fulham won at Stamford Bridge in the top-flight: 17,798
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,748
Liverpool won the league: 8,243
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