A wide open first half that saw Chelsea score twice and Fulham score once — both probably should’ve scored at least twice as many — was followed by more of the same in the second half.
Fulham’s only hope of points was to try to outscore the visitors, and Chelsea’s profligacy enabled that plan to stay in play for much longer than it ever should’ve. The home side had a particularly good spell in the middle of the second half, but Chelsea were not broken and, with a bit of luck at the end, managed to hang on to the narrow win.
- Five changes to the starting lineup from the Spurs win, including Kepa back in goal, plus Emerson & Christensen coming in for rare Premier League starts, plus Barkley and Willian in usual rotation moves.
- Kovačić, Pedro, and Loftus-Cheek the three subs. Kovačić deputizing for Jorginho instead of the usual Barkley move.
- Chelsea’s first goals and first win in the last four away games in the Premier League
- Probably the last West London Derby for a while as Fulham are surely heading down
- Chelsea remain 6th but close the gap to Arsenal to 1 point and Manchester United to 2 points, and with a game-in-hand.
- Next up: Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League Round of 16 first leg on Thursday.