With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we look back on some past encounters with this weekend's opponents...
We Have History
Chelsea have won 19, drawn 12 and lost just one (in March 2006) of the past 32 league meetings with Fulham.
This is the Blues first trip to Craven Cottage for almost exactly five years – since 1 March 2014. Premier League leaders at the time, the Blues blew the Whites away thanks to a 16-minute second-half hat-trick from Andre Schurrle, two of them set-up by the brilliant Eden Hazard. John Heitinga bundled in a consolation for the hosts.
Our biggest league win at Craven Cottage came in November 2004. The Blues led at half-time on the back of Frank Lampard’s direct free-kick, but a stunning Papa Bouba Diop volley briefly levelled things up.
Arjen Robben, sensational all match, slalomed through to retake the lead, and after William Gallas had nodded a third (pictured top), the Netherlands winger back-heeled for Tiago to make it 4-1. ‘Wow!’ marvelled Whites’ manager Chris Coleman afterwards. ‘They are the top team, a great team. We were played off the park.’ Chelsea fans sarcastically chanted, ‘Boring, boring Chelsea!’ Savour the highlights here.
Maurizio Sarri’s men won the reverse to this weekend’s fixture 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in December, with the goals from Pedro (four minutes) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (82).
Belgrade-born custodian Petar Borota managed a clean sheet on his Division One debut against European champions Liverpool on 3 March 1979. ‘Many shots and kicks,’ he observed afterwards. ‘Quick football. Not better for the goalkeeper.’
A 0-1 defeat at Craven Cottage in March 2006 is the only reverse suffered there in 17 games in all competitions, since a 1-3 defeat by our neighbours – who included George Best and Bobby Moore – in April 1977.
OUR LAST PREMIER LEAGUE MEETING AT FULHAM
FULHAM 1 CHELSEA 3
Craven Cottage, 01.03.14, 3pm
Fulham (4-4-2): Stekelenburg; Riether, Heitinga, Hangeland (c) (Burn 15), Richardson; Dejagah, Parker (Karagounis 79), Sidwell, Kasami (Holtby 61); Bent, Dempsey.
Unused subs Stockdale, Riise, Kvist, Rodallega
Manager: Felix Magath
Booked: Dejagah, Kasami
Scorer: Heitinga 73
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Schurrle (David Luiz 86), Oscar (Mikel 77), Hazard; Torres (Ba 81)
Unused subs: Schwarzer, A Cole, Lampard, Willian.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Scorers: Schurrle 51, 64, 68
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Biggest league win at Fulham for each team
08/04/1977 - Fulham 3-1 Chelsea
13/11/2004 - Fulham 1-4 Chelsea