Chelsea vs. Fulham: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18:  Gary Cahill of Chelsea gestures during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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For Chelsea and Fulham, the start to the Premier League season hasn't exactly gone to plan.

The Blues have won just two of four matches and are looking to rebound from a midweek Champions League upset against Basel, while Fulham has just one point in three home matches and four points overall.

Last season, the teams drew at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea won the second meeting at Craven Cottage 3-0, so this contest could go any which way. Let's break it down.  

When: Saturday, September 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. BST)

Where: Stamford Bridge, London, England

Watch: NBC Sports Network; NBC Sports Live Extra; Sky Sports 1 (UK); Sky Go (UK)

Odds: Chelsea (67.1 percent), Fulham (14 percent) and draw (18.9 percent), according to Bloomberg Sports


Key Storylines

Chelsea is winless in their last four matches in all competitions, including Wednesday's shock 2-1 loss at home to Basel. Not exactly the start "The Special One," Jose Mourinho, would have wanted.

What happened to all of those "beautiful young eggs?"

But Fulham could end up being on the wrong end of Chelsea's ire. The Cottagers haven't exactly lit up the Premier League so far this season, with just three goals in their first four games.

Fulham actually has three losses on the year—two on the pitch and one outside Craven Cottage, where the Michael Jackson statue will be removed by former owner Mohamed Al Fayed, via ESPN. Can the players overcome the mental hurdle of such a loss, especially during a tough road fixture?

Jokes aside, Fulham has a tough task facing an irked Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Things could get ugly fast for the Cottagers. 



Chelsea alone has more quality attacking midfielders than some European leagues, but it seems Mourinho hasn't quite figured out how to pair them just yet. Add in the fact that Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba haven't offered a cutting edge at forward, and the Blues are obviously still evolving into their new identity under their new (and old) manager. 

While the loss to Basel was a shocker, Chelsea didn't exactly face easy competition before that match, drawing with Manchester United and losing to Bayern Munich (on penalties) and Everton. They may be frustrated at the moment, but they still have more than enough talent to get by Fulham. 

Chelsea wins, 2-1. 


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