If last season for Chelsea could be summed up in one match, I think it'd be this exact fixture. Nine months on from that clash in mid-January and none of those mainly involved with the match are even at the club anymore.
Slap bang in the middle of Graham Potter's reign over the Blues dugout came the trip to Craven Cottage and Chelsea needed a bounce-back having lost to eventual champions Manchester City 1-0 just a week prior. Of course, it wouldn't be 2022/23 Chelsea without a former player scoring against them and Brazilian international Willian did just that, breaking the deadlock early in the first half with a deflected effort off the backside of Trevoh Chalobah.
Then it would be up to one of Potter's defenders to actually score and get Chelsea back into the game. Kalidou Koulibaly put away a scuffed, hectic effort after Mason Mount's free kick hit the post, giving the Blues a semblance of false hope they felt so often last year.
To add to the comedy, Carlos Vinicius nodded in his first goal of the season late on to hand Fulham just their second win over Chelsea in the Premier League and their first win over the Blues in all competitions since 2006. Mauricio Pochettino will not be hoping for a repeat of that.
Much like last season, Chelsea have been struggling, having just notched their second win under Pochettino's guise in a scrappy but necessary win over Brighton in midweek thanks to a Nicolas Jackson goal but the Senegalese striker won't be there to hit the back of the net come Monday night. Fortunately, there are others he can look to in order to regain the support of those that have already put his side under a microscope.
Fulham come into the clash unbeaten in their last three in all competitions, although theRead on football.london