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Fulham at Chelsea: Game Info

last updated Friday 28th September 2007, 9:38 AM

6th in Premiership
with 11 points

Played 7 games
  • Avram Grant sends out a Chelsea side for the third time and first at Stamford Bridge, on the back of Wednesday's 0-4 Carling Cup victory over Hull.

  • The Blues go into this game in their lowest league position for five years. The 66-match unbeaten home Premier League record is therefore under serious threat in this 66th competitive meeting and 57th west London league derby against Fulham, who although fourth bottom and without an away win, are the second highest scorers in the Premier League.

  • Chelsea have not lost a Premier League London derby in nine.

17th in Premiership
with 6 points

Played 7 games
  • Fulham have not won a London derby in nine.

  • The Cottagers have opened the scoring in five Premier League matches

  • Fulham have squandered an unrivalled 13 points when winning.

  • The Cottagers' last top-flight victory over Chelsea at the Bridge was 1-2 on 7 March 1964.

  • Won only one of five league and cup games.

  • The only club in the top 12 of the Premier League with a negative goal difference.

  • Needing one victory to record 1,500 wins in their League history.

  • Not lost back-to-back in 45 Premier League outings since the end of the season before last on 2 and 7 May 2006, away to Blackburn and to Newcastle respectively.

  • Shipped eight Premier League goals so far; no club in the top half of the table exceeds that.

  • Not scored in the first or last 15 minutes of any Premier League match so far this season.

  • Made their worst start to a Premier League season since 2000-01, when they eventually finished sixth.

  • One of eight clubs still holding an unbeaten home record in the Premier League.

  • Not lost a home Premier League game since a 1-2 reverse to Arsenal on 21 February 2004 (won 50, drawn 16).

  • This fixture precedes Wednesday's Champions League Group B match, away to Valencia.

  • Frank LAMPARD is Chelsea's leading scorer with three goals - all in the Premier League.

  • LAMPARD has scored six goals in seven league and League Cup appearances against Fulham.

  • If he plays:-

  • Andriy SHEVCHENKO will be participating on his 31st birthday.

  • If on the field from the outset:-

  • Paulo FERREIRA will be making his 100th start for Chelsea.

  • Suspended:-

  • Mikel John OBI (two matches)

  • Chelsea have only lost once to Fulham in 12 Premier League meetings.

  • Last season's corresponding match was on 30 December when the Blues handed out a few belated Christmas gifts in the way of a poor defensive display and ended up sharing four goals.
Stamford Bridge on 30 Dec 2006
Chelsea(1) 2-2 (1) Fulham
Match Report
Rosenior og 35
Drogba 62
Volz 16
Bocanegra 84
Hilario, Geremi (Shevchenko, 57 ), Paulo Ferreira, Carvalho, Ashley Cole, Essien, Ballack, Makelele (Wright-Phillips, 86 ), Lampard, Drogba, Kalou (Bridge, 80)
Subs not used: Hedman, Morais
Niemi, Rosenior, Christanval, Bocanegra, Queudrue, Routledge, Volz, Brown, Radzinski, McBride, John (Boa Morte, 68)
Subs not used Ricardo Batista, Runstrom, Zakuani, Omozusi,
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H. Webb (S. Yorkshire)
  • Won only one Premier League match so far; 2-1, home to Bolton on 15 August.

  • Drawn the last three league outings, and picked up three points from a last available 15.

  • One of four clubs who've got double figures in the "Goals For" column in the Premier League table. The others are Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham.

  • Top scorers in the bottom half of the Premier League table; 12 goals in seven matches.

  • The second weakest defence in the Premier League; 14 goals leaked in seven matches.

  • One of two clubs without a Premier League clean sheet this season; the other is Everton. Not managed a league shut-out in eight attempts, and kept only one clean sheet in 15; the 1-0 win over Liverpool on 5 May.

  • Boast the highest aggregate in the Premier League of 26 goals (12 for, 14 against).

  • Conceded more goals in the last 10 minutes of Premier League games than any other club (four).

  • Not won in 20 away Premier League matches since the 1-2 maximum against Newcastle at St James' Park on 9 September last year; their only triumph in 23 away. Gained nine points from the last available 60 on the road, and chalked up a measly two victories in 41 league games away from the Cottage.

  • Fielded more players in Premier League competition this season than any other club, with the exception of Bolton. Both have used 23.

  • Fulham have not claimed maximum points off their near neighbours on enemy territory in 28 years since a 0-2 second tier triumph on 27 October 1979.

  • Clint DEMPSEY and David HEALY are Fulham's joint top scorers with three goals each; only DEMPSEY'S are all Premier League goals.

  • If he plays:-

  • Antti NIEMI will be making his 150th English league appearance (Southampton and Fulham).

  • Alexei SMERTIN will be facing a former club. The 32 year old Russia international midfielder made 25 appearances (16 in the league) when on Chelsea's books for just under three years from August 2003 - but much of that time was spent away from Stamford Bridge on loan.

  • Ian PEARCE will be opposing the club with which he started his professional career in August 1991.
League 16 9 2
Premier 5 1 0
League 33 15 7
Premier 7 4 1

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