Apr 17, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Craven Cottage
Fulham
0-3
Chelsea

Ruiz (44'), Senderos (47')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Luiz (30'), Terry (43', 71')
Ivanovic (18')

Preview: Fulham vs. Chelsea

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez gestures from the sideline during his side's match with West Brom on March 2, 2013
© PA Photos
Sports Mole previews Chelsea's Premier League trip to Fulham on Wednesday evening.

It would be fair to say that this West London derby at Craven Cottage is more important for Chelsea than it is for Fulham.

The Blues are currently fourth in the Premier League table and they face a battle with London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, as well as Everton, for a place in next season's Champions League.

Interim manager Rafael Benitez may make a number of changes to the team that lost in the FA Cup to Manchester City at the weekend. As a result, that may mean that the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres will all be included.

Meanwhile, injury is likely to rule former Chelsea winger Damien Duff out of a return to Stamford Bridge. His place in the Fulham team could go to Bulgarian winger Stanislav Manolev, while John Arne Riise may also be recalled.

The last five encounters between these two teams have ended in draws, with neither side having managed to score more than one goal during those encounters.

Recent form

Fulham: WDWWLD

Chelsea: WLWWLW

Possible starting lineups

Fulham: Schwarzer; Senderos, Hangeland, Riise, Riether; Karagounis, Manolevm, Emanuelson, Frimpong; Berbatov, Ruiz

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Bertrand; Lampard, Mikel; Mata, Oscar, Moses; Torres

Sports Mole says: 2-1

Connor Wickham
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