Fulham, the better placed team as we look at the best predicted starting 11 and key details for their match vs Chelsea for EPL 2022.
Chelsea’s campaign has been in a soup this season as nothing seems to be settling down for them. Be it the Management, the team, or the Manager. The sacking of Thomas Tuchel came as a shocker to many and there will be unending speculation about what has happened behind closed doors.
The problematic factor for Chelsea has been their approach to the games. Most of the players are playing out of their original comfortable positions, and their inability to score during the counterattacks has cost them heavily. This approach might be a factor behind Tuchel’s sacking.
This was the reason that Brighton boss Graham Potter was the frontrunner to succeed Tuchel ahead of Mauricio Pochettino. Brighton’s attacking approach has earned Potter praises from everywhere, taking them into the Top 4 of the table with the thumping win over Man United.
Fulham Fancying their chances?
Fulham will be fancying their chances for their 7th game of the season against Chelsea. They are only two points behind Chelsea but has a better goal difference because of their attacking approach in all of their games. They have scored in all their losing game, and gave Arsenal and Spurs a run for their money in their respective games.
With all top-tier teams losing points till now in this season, it would be an interesting match for the table standings. Fulham wants to leave behind their local rivals in the table in this West London derby, Whereas Chelsea would be looking to avoid any further upsets. So, as we wait for the match to begin, let’s look at the history, squad, and predicted starting 11 for the Fulham vs Chelsea match of EPL 2022.
Chelsea has out rightly dominated this fixture historically both in home and away games. In the last 30 games, Fulham managed to clinch a win only in one game against Chelsea. Chelsea will have the upper hand looking at the H2H in this West London Derby.
Games Played: 30 // Chelsea won: 19 // Fulham won: 1 // Draw: 10
League Type: English Premier League (GW7)
Match Type: Fulham vs Chelsea
Stadium: Craven Cottage
When: September 10, 5 pm IST
Goalkeepers: Marcus Bettinelli, Kepa, Edouard Mendy
Defenders: Azpilicueta, Ben Chilwell, Cucurella ,Wesley Fofana, Reece James ,Kalidou Koulibaly, Thiago Silva
Midfielders: Trevoh Chalobah, Carney Chukwuemeka, Conor Gallagher, Kai Havertz, Jorginho, N’Golo Kanté, Mateo Kovačić, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Denis Zakaria
Forwards: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Armando Broja, Christian Pulišić, Raheem Sterling, Hakim Ziyech
Manager: Graham Potter
Current Form (Recent first): W L W
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Marek Rodák, George Wickens
Defenders: Tosin Adarabioyo, Luciano D’Auria-Henry, Issa Diop, Shane Duffy, Layvin Kurzawa, Kevin Mbabu, Connor McAvoy, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson, Charlie Robinson, Kenny Tete
Midfielders: Andreas Pereira, Tom Cairney, Nathaniel Chalobah, Martial Godo, Luke Harris, Daniel James, João Palhinha, Oliver O’Neill, Joshua Onomah, Adrion Pajaziti, Harrison Reed, Manor Solomon, Willian
Forwards: Terry Ablade, Carlos Vinícius, Ivan Cavaleiro, Neeskens Kebano, Anthony Knockaert, Aleksandar Mitrović,Bobby Reid, Kristian Sekularac, Harry Wilson
Manager: Marco Silva
Current Form (Recent first): L W L
Predicting Starting 11 for both Teams
EPL 2022-23: Fulham vs Chelsea Predicted Starting 11 for Chelsea
Chelsea now has a new boss and that’ll bring a new approach and a new mindset to the pitch. Chelsea has to find answers to their agony as early as possible. Even after spending more than 200 Million on defenders this season, a record signing in club history, they couldn’t manage a clean sheet against Dinamo Zagreb in the UCL opener. All the new signings played the last match, but this couldn’t help Chelsea win the match.
Starting 11 Concerns:
Chelsea has a few injury concerns at present, but Ben Chilwell’s strong comeback has been a silver lining for them. Mendy was out with a rib injury in the UCL fixture, but is hopeful of making a comeback in this match. He has to get in form for Chelsea to have control over their campaign going forward.
Chelsea will have no changes in their backline as the three-at-the-back formation suits Potter’s style of play. Chelsea would be starting with Thiago Silva, the backbone of Chelsea’s defense as the center back. Alongside him, Wesley Fofana on the right and Marc Cucurella on the left as both have the ability to assist the midfield.
Chelsea has really good options in the mid-field even after Kovacic, Kante, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have been injured several times already due to injuries. Reece James and Chilwell will be a no-brainer to start at the wings for the blues. Kovacic is likely to start which gives a good balance to the mid-line along with Conor Gallagher who might get a chance as RLS is completely fit to start at the moment.
The concerning position for the Blues has been the top line for the past few seasons. If they had a good finisher, the story would have been different for them till now. The inclusion of two top-class strikers might solve their problems. Aubameyang made his debut against Zagreb and is likely to keep his place at the top. Rahim Sterling and Mason mount will be the other two in the forward positions and would marshal the attack along with Aubameyang.
Defence: Fofana, Thiago Silva, Cucurella
Midfield: Recce James, Gallagher, Kovacic, and Ben Chilwell
Attack: Rahim Sterling, Aubameyang, Mason Mount
EPL 2022-23: Fulham vs Chelsea Predicted Starting 11 for Fulham
Fulham are having a dream run till now with their forward line scoring at will against the top sides in the league. Fulham will Bernd Leno at their goalpost. He had a decent campaign till now, where he has conceded goals in almost every game but made a few really good saves to keep the team in the game.
Fulham lost their left back Antonee Robinson to an injury in the fixture against Spurs and Mbabu replaced him there. This isn’t a like-to-like replacement, but looking at the options that Silva has it looks like the best one right now. Tete, Adarabioyo, and Ream will accompany Mbabu at the back. Fulham has to seek things at the back if they need to do better in the competition, they have leaked a few really easy goals in the previous matches.
The starting midfield would likely consist of Reed, Palhinha, Decordova-Reid, and Pereira. The knee injury to Manor Solomon hasn’t changed much in the Fulham lineup. The midfield has to support the back line consistently to fetch better results which are lacking at the moment. Willian has now joined Fulham and this will give a wide variety of options in midfield to Silva.
The attacking line looks sorted at the moment for Silva. As the attackers have performed in every match and made the most of the opportunities they have got. In particular, Aleksandar Mitrović is the best of the lot and scoring some stunning goals in the season so far. He has been a constant threat to the opposition till now and will surely start at the top for Fulham alongside James.
Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno
Defence: Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream & Mbabu
Midfield: Reed, Palhinha, Decordova-Reid & Pereira
Attack: Mitrovic & James
EPL 2022-23: Fulham vs Chelsea Fantasy 11
The last meeting between the two clubs ended in 3-1 in favor of Chelsea, but looking at the current form of both the teams that should be the case. Fulham is currently in very good home form and will fancy their chances to get a favorable result in this fixture. Chelsea are struggling at home currently but have a good away run so far.
Fulham had better Goals-per game than Chelsea currently, and will bet on Mitrovic to provide them the lead early on. Similarly, Chelsea would want their top line to fire early, so that they can control the momentum of the game with their new Manager. It will be an interesting match for many as it would be Chelsea’s new boss and might be a new approach to change fate. With all said, let’s look at our chosen fantasy 11 for this match
Defenders: Thiago Silva, Fofana, Adarabioyo & Tete
Midfielders Recce James, Pereira & Reed
Forwards: Sterling, Mitrovic & Mount
CVC Choice: Recce James & Mitrovic
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