On Sunday night, rivals from West London Chelsea and Fulham play each other in a Premier League friendly in Maryland. The game is part of the Summer Series. Mauricio Pochettino’s team was restricted to a 1-1 draw by Newcastle United, while the Cottagers were destroyed 2-0 by Aston Villa.
Fulham vs Chelsea
Due to Chelsea’s desperate play last season and their worst Premier League finish in 25 years, this club naturally anticipates a turbulent offseason. On July 1st, what had been predicted for a while came true. Mauricio Pochettino, a former manager of Tottenham, was named Chelsea’s new manager.
He started removing players who did not fit his playing style and instantly made adjustments to the team to his satisfaction. The club has let go of ten players, including N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Mateo Kovacic, who won the Champions League with Chelsea. This team needs time to recuperate, but there should be no doubt that this season will be better than the last one.
On the other side, there is a time of uncertainty prior to Fulham. Aleksandar Mitrovic, their finest player, and leading scorer, abruptly departed them after receiving an irresistible offer from Saudi Arabia. Raul Jimenez from Wolves was brought in as a straight replacement for him, but the main concern is how healthy is this undeniably talented footballer who had a stroke of bad luck with injuries in past seasons. We’ll see if Fulham can duplicate their highly successful campaign from last year, when they placed a high 10th, without one of their all-time leading goal scorers.
Only six months ago, Fulham defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Craven Cottage as Willian visited his old team. A few weeks later, Silva’s team also came away from Stamford Bridge with a point in a goalless draw. Now, Fulham and Chelsea are once again rivals in West London.
Even though the current Chelsea roster is much more understated than the one before it, this club may find success with it. With a combined four goals scored in the first preseason games, new attacking additions Nicolas Jackson and Christian Nkunku made an impression on their new management. Last season, the Blues had trouble playing their rivals, but things seem different this year. Of course, it’s still early, but Jackson seems to have had an immediate impact.
Mykhailo Mudryk, a highly compensated Ukrainian who had a difficult time adjusting last season, might join them in the onslaught. This current Chelsea club is really talented, and that was evident in this game against an undermanned Fulham.
Although Fulham managed to escape losing in both of their Premier League matches against Chelsea last season, a string of injuries and a glaring lack of depth should prove costly for Silva’s team in Maryland.
Even if Chelsea’s team is not particularly well-equipped in terms of fitness, Pochettino’s attackers have bonded well in the United States and should aid their team to a comfortable victory.
Tip: Chelsea to Win / Over 2.5 Goals
Chelsea to win – ✅
Over 2.5 Goals – ❌
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