Our prediction for this Premier League match:
After holding Tottenham to a draw in midweek, Fulham will be looking to record their third win of the season when they face Chelsea in yet another London derby. The Cottagers have been sharing the spoils a lot with their rivals of late, but they are seen as big underdogs in Saturday’s local derby. Fulham boss Scott Parker has a full squad to choose from. A man to watch in the home team will be Ivan Cavaleiro, who scored the equalizer in the 1-1 draw with Spurs.
The Blues, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Man City, but they regained a much-needed confidence thanks to a routine 4-0 win over Morecambe. Even though N’Golo Kante is sidelined through suspension, we are tempted to put our money on Chelsea, who are eyeing their sixth consecutive win over Fulham.
Highlighted Player (Tim Ream):
After ending his college career at Saint Louis Billikens, Timothy Ream began playing for Chicago Fire at senior level. Speaking of his professional debut, the American footballer played the full 90 mins in New York Red Bulls’ opening match of the 2010 MLS season. On September 11, 2010 Tim Ream scored his first MLS goal in a 3-1 victory over Colorado Rapids.
The USA defender made 58 appearances in the league for the Red Bulls and in 2012 he moved to Europa to sign a contract with Bolton Wanderers. Tim Ream signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the club and he made his debut for Bolton in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Millwall on February 18, 2012.
In 2015 Ream moved to Fulham and he has been playing for the capital club ever since. The footballer, who wears No. 13 on his shirt at Fulham, made his debut for the USA national soccer team on November 17, 2010, in a 1-0 victory over South Africa.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.