Wednesday was a tricky day, mainly highlighted by Man City’s defeat at Southampton in EFL Cup. But Real Madrid and AC Milan also needed penalties to progress to the next round of their respective cup competitions.
We ain’t crying for spilt milk, because a Man’s strength will be measured by how many times he stands up again after defeats.
Let’s attack again.
With domestic cups out of sight at least for now, the focus shifts back to the league.
And our main match is the Premier League London derby between Fulham who welcome wobbling Chelsea at the Craven Cottage.
Not an easy tie given the teams’ recent form. Fulham surprisingly sit above the table as we approach the midpoint of the season.
Fulham are seventh and are eyeing a place in Europe. With 28 points, Fulham sit three points above 10th placed Chelsea.
They have recorded remarkable results this season and have won three in a row – with those victories coming against Southampton, Crystal Palace and Leicester.
But they are without reliable Striker Alexander Mitrovic, who without him, they have failed to find a win this season.
Their other worry is that they have only beaten Chelsea once in 30 Premier League games, with the Blues having won the last seven meetings in a row.
Chelsea would have looked favourites to take the day but they have a couple of injuries including Christian Pulisic and Raheem Sterling.
Joao Felix, the new signing from Atletico Madrid, it’s not known whether he will be cleared in time to make his debut.
Coach Graham Potter has been under immense pressure to deliver and the back to back defeats against Man City (in League and FA Cup) have left a big hole in his future at the Bridge.
Chelsea won 1-0 at Craven Cottage last season, with Mason Mount scoring the winner in 78th minute after Fulham played the entire second half a man down following Antonee Robinson’s dismissal at the stroke of halftime.
Both teams will be desperate to win, and I can see the spoils shared here.
A draw for me.
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