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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(72) 46 Goals 33 (45)
(50) 44 Assists 20 (31)
(6.8) 7.1 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.7)
31.4 Average Age 36.7
181.8 Average Height (cm) 183.9
(1.2) 1.3 Shots pg 1 (0.8)
(51%) 49% Aerial Duel Success 52% (54%)
(0.7) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.7 (0.3)
(1.7) 1.2 Tackles pg 1.6 (1.3)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
John Terry Out 7.06
Frank Lampard Out 7.08
Daniel Sturridge Doubtful 6.39
Player Reason Status Rating
Alexander Kacaniklic Out 6.69
Bryan Ruiz Out 7.28
Simon Davies Out N/A
Kieran Richardson Out 6.51
Brede Hangeland Out 7.17

Team News

  • Rafa Benitez takes charge of his second game at the helm of Chelsea, and with the fans having given him a rather unwelcoming reception in his first game, he will hope that a positive result can start to change some of their opinions.
  • Benitez has the same injury concerns, with Terry and Lampard injured and Daniel Sturridge still a doubt.
  • Benitez will retain Fernando Torres up front despite mounting pressure on the striker to start performing. The Spaniard has gone 559 minutes without scoring in the Premier League, and Benitez is expected by many to get the best out of him, and it remains to be seen whether he can do so.
  • Martin Jol's injury list remains substantial, though Mahamadou Diarra was back on the bench at Stoke and could be in line to feature.
  • Philippe Senderos will continue at centre-back with Brede Hangeland serving the second game of his three match suspension.
  • With Bryan Ruiz still out, Fulham will play with Petric partnering Berbatov up front, while Duff and Rodallega could replace Dejagah and Karagounis out wide.


  • Once again at Stamford Bridge will Rafa Benitez be the centre of attention for the media and the home crowd, the majority of which were extremely unhappy with his appointment and let him know exactly that at the weekend. While his credentials are undoubted, he is very much linked to Liverpool and is disliked for that reason, and will be given less time to persuade the fans that he is the right man for the job.
  • They did however, in Benitez's first game in charge, keep their first clean sheet in 8 Premier League matches, and against a strong side like Manchester City, that is an achievement in itself. They, along with Fulham, have taken only 6 points from their last 6 matches and both teams are in need of a good result here.
  • The last four games between the sides have each ended in draws, and there have only been 5 goals in the last 5 games between them. While Fulham have a good record against their west London rivals, it is difficult to look past anything but a home win in this derby.
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