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Fulham vs. Chelsea: Lineups & Game Thread

It's bottom vs. top; what could possibly go wrong?

Jamie McDonald

"To study the opponent we have one match, which is the game against West Brom. After that they've had one week to work and we don't know if the coach is changing philosophy, tactics, players, so it's difficult."

"We are not the kind of team that worries about the opponent, we try to play the way we want to play and the way we feel is the best way to play. We just know they are a much better side than the number of points they have."

"We are in a difficult period but we haven't lost in the Premier League for a long time. We got an acceptable result in the Champions League and we lost in the FA Cup against the best team so, even in a difficult period, I don't think we are doing badly."

-Jose Mourinho; source: Chelsea FC


Fulham starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Maarten Stekelenburg | Kieran Richardson, John Heitinga, Brede Hangeland, Sascha Riether | Steve Sidwell, Scott Parker | Pajtim KasamiClint Dempsey, Ashkan Dejagah | Darren Bent

Substitutes from: David Stockdale, John Arne Riise, Dan Burn, William Kvist, Lewis Holtby, Giorgos Karagounis, Hugo Rodallega

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Petr Cech | Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic | Nemanja Matic, Ramires | Eden Hazard, Oscar, Andre Schurrle | Fernando Torres

Substitutes from: Mark Schwarzer, Ashley Cole, David Luiz, Mikel, Frank Lampard, Willian, Demba Ba


Torres and Schürrle reap the rewards for their Wednesday performance and retain their starting places; this time it's Willian who drops to the bench.  Meanwhile, there is much rejoicing as Nemanja Matic gets to settle back in to the middle.


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