West London rivals Fulham and Chelsea face off this weekend as former team-mates Scott Parker and Frank Lampard face off.
Parker briefly played alongside Lampard at Chelsea and again with the England national team and now they’ll line up in opposing dugouts.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea need a win when they face London rivals Fulham this weekendAFP or licensors
Parker’s Fulham have drawn their last five Premier League games including Wednesday’s 1-1 at Tottenham.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have only won once in the league since December 5 and were well beaten by Manchester City last time out.
Both teams need a win this weekend to get their seasons going again and it should be a feisty derby on the banks of the River Thames.
Fulham v Chelsea: How to listen
This match will get under way at 5:30pm on Saturday, January 16.
Full coverage from Craven Cottage will be exclusively live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 5pm.
Faye Carruthers will be your host and commentary will from Nigel Adderley and Alvin Martin.
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Fulham v Chelsea: Team news
Fulham will be without club captain Tom Cairney for the visit of Chelsea.
Cairney has an issue with his knee and could be joined on the sidelines by Aleksandar Mitrovic, who had a slight problem against QPR on Saturday but has since returned to training.
Fulham have been boosted by the returns of Kenny Tete, Terence Kongolo and Josh Onomah but Mario Lemina is not expected to feature with an unknown problem.
For Chelsea, Reece James and Andreas Christensen will be back in contention.
James is back in training after a thigh injury, while Christensen has shaken off a knee complaint.
N’Golo Kante is set to return to training after a hamstring problem but will still miss the Fulham match through suspension.
Fulham v Chelsea: What has been said?
Scott Parker has praised Chelsea boss Frank Lampard’s work ethic and is not surprised his former team-mate took the decision to move into management.
The Fulham manger said: “He had a work ethic and a determination. I have massive respect for Frank as a footballer and the player he was.
“I was privileged enough to play with him but I’ve probably got more respect for a guy that had an unbelievable work ethic.
“He drove himself everyday in terms of his craft and wanting to get better and had a single-mindedness about him that got him the career he got.
“With those foundations and those abilities, I always knew that if that was a thing he wanted to go into in terms of management then he’d be successful because with those values you’ve always got a chance.
“So it doesn’t surprise me that he’s gone to Derby and does well and then gets the Chelsea job under tight restrictions last year in terms of what they had to go through and he did an incredible job with them. And the same this year really.”
Scott Parker’s Fulham have drawn their last five Premier League gamesAFP
Fulham v Chelsea: Match stats and facts
Fulham have won just one of their 28 Premier League matches against Chelsea (D10 L17), winning 1-0 in March 2006 under Chris Coleman at Craven Cottage.
In all competitions, Chelsea have lost just one of their last 19 away matches against Fulham (W12 D6) since losing four in a row between 1975 and 1977.
Among the 373 fixtures to have been played at least 50 times in the English top-flight, the lowest win percentage by a team against an opponent is Fulham vs Chelsea (6%), with the Cottagers winning just three of their 50 games against the Blues.
Fulham’s 1-1 draw with Spurs last time out ended a run of 13 consecutive Premier League defeats in London derbies. They last avoided defeat in back-to-back such games during a run of three wins between January-April 2013.
Chelsea have lost four of their last six Premier League games (W1 D1), as many as they had in their previous 23 in the competition (W14 D5).
Chelsea lost 1-3 against Manchester City in their first league game of 2021 – they’ve not started a calendar year with two consecutive league defeats since 1993, with their first defeat in that year being at home against Manchester City.
Fulham have drawn each of their last five Premier League games, as many draws as they’d had in their previous 45 top-flight matches. The Cottagers last had a longer run of consecutive league draws between December 2006-January 2007 (6).
Fulham have lost 12 of their last 14 home top-flight London derbies (W1 D1), losing the last seven in a row, a record run by a London team in the top-flight. Manager Scott Parker played in Fulham’s last home top-flight London derby win against West Ham in January 2014.
Scott Parker’s first match as Fulham manager was a 1-2 defeat against Chelsea in the Premier League in March 2019. With Frank Lampard in charge of the Blues for this game, this is the first top-flight meeting between the clubs with both having an English manager since December 1967 – Vic Buckingham (Fulham) and Dave Sexton (Chelsea).
Chelsea’s Timo Werner has failed to score in any of his last nine league games, his longest drought in top-flight football since a run of 11 between March-September 2016. The German has played 663 minutes across these nine matches but managed just seven shots on target.
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