Our prediction for this Premier League match:
All eyes will be on Craven Cottage when Fulham and Chelsea lock horns in the London derby on Monday evening. The Cottagers are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet in the Premier League and they are likely to adopt yet another defence-minded approach in the local derby. Both Adama Traore and Tosin Adarabioyo are sidelined with injuries, while Sasa Lukic faces race against the clock to be fit for Monday’s showdown.
The visitors, on the other hand, are having yet another season to forget, with the team collecting only five points in the process from possible 18. As Fulham have been showing signs of improvement of late, we do not believe that Chelsea are capable of grabbing more than one point from the match. To make things even worse for the visiting team, both Malo Gusto and Malang Sarr are banned for the local derby, while Reece James, Wesley Fofana, and Christopher Nkunku remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Thiago Silva):
Brazilian defender Thiago Silva is one of the highest rated defenders in world football. Having emerged from Fluminense youth ranks, the 31-year-old defender established himself as a world-class performer while plying his trade for AC Milan from 2009 to 2012.
Having largely contributed to Rossonerri’s title winning campaign in 2010-11, Thiago Silva moved to Paris Saint-Germain together with Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a reported fee worth €42 million, which made him then second-most expensive defender in football history after Rio Ferdinand.
Silva was an immediate success at the French club, helping Les Parisiens win four consecutive Ligue 1 titles in the process. Heavily linked with a move away from Parc des Princes, fan favourite Thiago Silva remains a key figure at Paris Saint-Germain and a leader of the new wave under head coach Unai Emery. Having already surpassed the 100-game mark for the French giants, Thiago Silva is slowly writing his name in the history books of Paris Saint-Germain.
Highlighted Team (Fulham):
Fulham are a club from London that play in the Premier League. The capital club dropped to the English second tier at the end of the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign after failing to impress in the elite competition, but managed to return in season 2018/2019.
Fulham were founded in 1879 and they play their home matches at Craven Cottage. Fulham are the oldest-established club from the English capital to have played in the top flight.
Fulham finished the 2008/2009 Premier League campaign in seventh place in the standings and that is considered the team’s biggest success, speaking of their participation in the Premier League.
The Cottagers played in the Europa League twice and they did well to reach the FA Cup final in 1975, but they were beaten by their local rivals West Ham United in the title game (0-2). Chelsea are regarded as Fulham’s bitter rivals as well and the two teams take on each other in the North London derby.