Chelsea will look to build on their midweek Carabao Cup win and carry that momentum into a West London derby against local rivals Fulham on Monday night.
The Blues managed to stave off a less-than-impressive Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night thanks to a second-half — and much-needed — Nicolas Jackson goal. Manager Mauricio Pochettino will hope it can stem the bleeding after a rough September has seen his side slip down to 14th in the league table.
Fulham, on the other hand, have had an up-and-down start to the season which has seen them dealt hammer blows including a 5-1 loss to league leaders Manchester City. The only teams they've beaten are Everton who are currently sat in 15th and Luton Town in 18th, but they did beat Tottenham in the Carabao Cup earlier this month.
Both sides will look to this one as an opportunity to get into the top half of the table, with Chelsea able to climb up to 10th with all three points and Fulham up to seventh if results go their way. With that said, football.london took a look at what the pundits are saying around the match...
Writing for SportsKeeda, the former Arsenal star said: «Chelsea got a good result in the Carabao Cup against Brighton — they really needed it. However, they have a bit of an issue against Fulham as Nicolas Jackson is suspended. I think Armando Broja will be given an opportunity to lead the line and I hope he takes his chance as he was doing well before getting injured.
»The Blues have opened up teams but haven't been scoring freely. On some level, watching Chelsea reminds me of Manchester United because they don't have a fixed pattern of play or a clear philosophy like Arsenal, Manchester City, or even Liverpool.
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