Thanks to Leicester City dropping two points against Southampton yesterday, Chelsea can close to within two points of third place with a win against relegation-bound Fulham, but even more importantly, we can maintain at least a three-point gap to the chasing pack. West Ham United, Liverpool, Spurs, and Everton are all within six points at the start of the weekend, the latter with a match-in-hand, even.
With just five games to go, including this one, every point is a must have and every game is a must-win. We control our own destiny.
As expected, Thomas Tuchel has opted to rotate his side in what is probably our last opportunity to do so this season. Peep that midfield!
Here we go!
Chelsea starting lineup (3-4-3):
Mendy | Zouma, Silva (c), Christensen | Chilwell, Mount, Gilmour, James | Werner, Havertz, Ziyech
Substitutes from: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kanté, Anjorin, Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Abraham
Fulham starting lineup (4-4-2):
Areola | Robinson, Adarabioyo, Andersen (c), Aina | Lookman, Lemina, Zambo Anguissa, De Cordova-Reid | Cavaleiro, Maja
Substitutes from: Rodák, Tete, Ream, Odoi, Bryan, Hector, Onomah, Carvalho, Mitrovic
Date / Time: Saturday, May 1, 2021, 17.30 BST; 12:30pm EDT; 10pm IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Kevin Friend (on pitch); Darren England (VAR)
On TV: Sky Sports Main Event (UK); NBC, Universo (USA); Star Sports Select HD2 (India); SuperSport Maximo 1, Canal+ Sport 3 (NGA); elsewhere
Streaming: Sky Go (UK); NBC Sports Live, Deportes Telemundo En Vivo (USA); Hotstar (India); DStv Now (NGA)
Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!