Chelsea vs Fulham football match of English Premier League December 26, 2011
Fulham is gonna facing Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge, London in the Boxing Day 2011. We are covering the match with match preview, live online telecast and predictions.
Kick-Off : GMT 13:00 / EST 08:00 December 26, 2011.
- (1888PressRelease) December 26, 2011 - Chelsea could not have picked a better time to face the Cottagers, who are spinning after suffering their heaviest ever home overthrow last week, a 5-0 thrashing by Manchester United.
However Cech has urged his team-mates to contempt Fulham's recent problems as Andre Villas-Boas's men look to pick up three points in order to stay in touch with the league bests.
"We can't look too much at the table, we need to keep going step by step, try to win our games and try to catch up as many points as we can," Cech said.
"We depend on everybody else, so it's up to them how they are going to do but we just need to keep winning our games. Fulham will be a difficult game because they lost 5-0 at home in their last game.
"It's a big London derby and they will want to bounce back, so Chelsea is a great motivation to say sorry to their supporters after Man United but we are in a situation where we need to keep winning."
Villas-Boas heads into the game trying to manipulate a growing central distrustful crisis that has seen him open talks with Bolton about a change for Gary Cahill.
The injury to Branislav Ivanovic in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotpsur last week revenues John Terry is the Blues' only fully fit center back ahead of the seminar with Fulham at Stamford Bridge.
That will only fortify Villas-Boas's resolve to complete a deal for England defender Cahill - out of contract at the end of the period - as early as possible following month.
Until the window opens, though, Villas-Boas will be forced to create unless David Luiz recovers from a knee injury in time to face Fulham in a game Chelsea must win to uphold their title faiths.
The point increased at White Hart Lane left Villas-Boas's side 11 points drifting of Premier League leaders Manchester City. And while Chelsea will think to beat a Fulham side in the doldrums next the united drubbing, a makeshift backline will do slight to enhance their chances of conquest.
Villas-Boas maintains there is no mode back for the transfer-listed Alex and is likely to use Paulo Ferreira or Oriol Romeu alongside Terry.
Frank Lampard could arrival to the initial line-up in place of Ramires after the Brazil midfielder composed his fifth booking of the season.
Fulham sit just four points beyond the bottom three and, having also exited the Europa League, are in anxious want of a lift.
The act against United drew widespread criticism but manager Martin Jol insists his side can turn things round rapidly.
"I don't think we are lacking confidence, it's about teamwork. If you work as a team, we are good and our goal difference has shown that -- that's probably been a big plus for us this season.
"But that is something we destroyed on Wednesday with the five goals. If you play as a team, you don't concede goals and you always get your chances."
Jol has no new hurt qualms and he may well opt to restore Bobby Zamora to the starting line-up after starting the England forward on the bench alongside United.
Left back John Arne Riise said: "We have Chelsea on Sunday then Norwich and Arsenal, so we just have to look at what we did wrong, pick ourselves up fast and improve."
"We will lift our heads up, focus on the things we've done right in the last few weeks, work hard and stick together."
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