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Chelsea vs Fulham – LIVE!

Chelsea and Fulham have rather different priorities in the final weeks of the season as they meet in this evening’s west London derby at Stamford Bridge.

For the Blues, this fixture comes disects the two legs of their Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid, a tie which is nicely poised after a 1-1 draw in Madrid on Tuesday night.

That does not mean today’s game isn’t of huge importance, however, with Thomas Tuchel’s side looking to cement their place in the Premier League’s top four after last weekend’s crucial win over West Ham.

As for Fulham, by Scott Parker’s own admission they are running out of time to save themselves from the drop and it would curely take something miraculous in the final weeks of the season to keep the Cottagers up.

Key Points:

  • Kick-off: 5:30pm, Stamford Bridge
  • TV channel: Sky Sports
  • Chelsea team news: Gilmour starts
  • Fulham team news: Parker names unchanged side
  • Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Fulham

Live updates:

12 minutes ago
James Robson is at Stamford Bridge
Gilmour is clearly eager to impress. He is buzzing about all over the place and always showing for the ball. But his touch has let him down on a couple of occasions already – and he needed Silva to get him out of jail a moment ago.

14 minutes ago
23 mins: Great stop. Lookman takes a corner which is easily cleared but Robinson helps it back towards him and he controls on his thigh before cracking a sharp effort towards the far corner. Mendy gets down low and palms it up in the air before James heads behind.

17 minutes ago

17 mins: Goal disallowed!

The same combination combine again as Mount feeds Havertz and the German tucks home but the flag is raised.

22 minutes ago
James Robson is at Stamford Bridge
Havertz seems to suit playing in the middle under Tuchel better than anyone else in this Chelsea team. He is not a natural No9 – but his movement suits the system and he seems to find himself in positions to score more than the likes of Werner, Giroud or Abraham when played there.

Tuchel spoke yesterday about targeting profiles, rather than specific players. A player with Havertz’ intelligence of movement – but perhaps a more ruthless finisher would fit the bill.

25 minutes ago
GOAL! | Chelsea 1-0 Fulham | Kai Havertz 10′
Mason Mount, take a bow. It’s a long ball from the back that the Englishman kills brilliantly as it drops over his shoulder.

He then has the composure to look up and slot a superbly weighted pass between two defenders for Kai Havertz to run onto and slot home.

29 minutes ago
James Robson is at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea had to fight for three points at Craven Cottage earlier this season – and Scott Parker’s team look like they will give them another tough afternoon here. Mendy has been forced into the first save of the match and Fulham are pressing very high.

32 minutes ago
5 mins: And there’s Edouard Mendy’s first save of the afternoon. Robinson wins it high up the pitch and then lets fly from just outside the box, with Mendy tipping it over the bar.

33 minutes ago
3 mins: Well, Fulham have come out like a team who know their Premier League lives pretty much depend on it. They’re pressing extremely high, while Ademola Lookman has already had a bright little foray into the box.

36 minutes ago
KICK-OFF!
We are underway…

36 minutes ago
The teams are out on a pretty grey evening at the Bridge. Almost shotime.

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