Chelsea hoping to finish inside top 4 will face London rivals Fulham on Saturday. Chelsea will play this game on back of a 1-1 draw vs Real Madrid in Champions League semi-final. Meanwhile, Fulham will enter the match from a 1-1 draw against Arsenal the other weekend.
Chelsea will have to face Real Madrid in midweek with tie far from over. Tuchel will surely have starting XI dilemmas ahead of this tie. More than that Tuchel will need to worry about his home fixture. Chelsea have only won one of their last four league games at Stamford Bridge.
However, Chelsea’s defensive record is phenomenal this season as they have let in just 31 goals all season. This is the second-best defensive count behind Manchester City in the league.
Fulham are chasing Premier League survival as they face a tough trip to other side of London. Anything less than a 1 point will make it difficult for Parker’s side to save themselves from relegation. Fulham have just lost one of their last ten Premier League away games, winning only two in the process. Cottagers’ dreams of a great escape are becoming more improbable by the week. They are now seven points adrift of safety with five games remaining.
Kovacic is still out for Chelsea with a thigh problem. There are no other injury concerns or Tuchel. Loftus-Cheek cannot face his parent club Chelsea where as Kongolo, Rodak and Cairney are long term absentees for Fulham.
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Zouma, Silva, Christensen; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Ziyech, Mount; Havertz
Fulham possible starting lineup: Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson; Decordova-Reid, Lemina, Zambo Anguissa, Lookman; Maja, Mitrovic