Fulham – Chelsea: Premier League – Live | Premier League

57 min Oh my days. Felix goes in late and high on Tete, and after much consideration – and encouragement from the Fulham players – David Coote shows a straight red!

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Chelsea are level!

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It is happening. Again. Chelsea started brightly, the new signing Joao Felix in particular, but Fulham grew impressively into the game and took the lead through Willian’s deflected shot. Chelsea haven’t been bad – they’ve had 14 attempts at goal for a start – but they could be heading for a seventh defeat in 10 games.

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The dream start for Fulham! ⚫️⚪️

Willian strikes back against his former club… pic.twitter.com/WQYerW8NP3

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 12, 2023

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Willian scores against his old club!

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Marco Silva makes one enforced change to the Fulham team that won their last Premier League game at Leicester. Carlos Vinicius replaces the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic up front.

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Chelsea’s big loan signing Joao Felix goes straight into the starting line-up, and, with Graham Potter switching to a back three, the impressive teenager Lewis Hall is preferred to Marc Cucurella at left wing-back.

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Overall there are four changes from Chelsea’s previous league game, the defeat at home to Manchester City a week ago. Hall, Joao Felix, Trevoh Chalobah and Mason Mount replace Cucurella Hakim Ziyech and the injured pair of Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic.

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Fulham (4-2-3-1) Leno; Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson; Reed, Palhinha; Decordova-Reid, Pereira, Willian; Vinicius.
Substitutes: Rodak, Kurzawa, Diop, Chalboah, Harris, Cairney, Wilson, James, Solomon.

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Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Kepa; Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly; Azpilicueta, Zakaria, Kovacic, Hall; Mount, Joao Felix; Havertz.
Substitutes: Bettinelli, Cucurella, Badiashile, Chukwuemeka, Jorginho, Gallagher, Ziyech, Aubameyang, Fofana.

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Referee David Coote.

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What do we have here then? A west London derby in which Fulham are the pre-eminent team in SW6, that’s what. They begin tonight’s game in seventh, three places and three points ahead of Chelsea, who are in danger of winning the transfer window and losing everything else. The last time Fulham started a league game against Chelsea in a higher position was 2 April 1983*, a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage in the old Division Two.

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All the pre-match talk has been, a little tediously, about whether Graham Potter should be sacked for his inability to build Rome in half an hour. Marco Silva knows all about P45s, having been sacked by Sporting Lisbon, Watford and Everton, but there was always a lot to like about his management and he has quietly done a spectacular job at Craven Cottage.

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Fulham won the Championship in his first season, scoring 106 goals in the process, and have held their own against allcomers in the Premier League. Their late defeats at Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United were all unfortunate, and the only time they took a pasting was when they had 10 men for most of a 4-1 defeat at home to Newcastle. They have won all four games since Qatar, whereas Chelsea have lost seven of the last nine and are without almost an entire team of senior players.

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I was going to say that, even without the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham will be provide a stiff test for Chelsea. But given the league positions and recent form, we should probably be assessing that the other way round.

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Kick off 8pm.

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* I think. Look, I checked it once and I might have made a mistake but I don’t have time to go back over 40 years of league tables again, okay. This is a blog, your honour, not a judicial review!

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Joao Felix has been sent!

57 minutes Oh my days. Felix goes late and high on Tete, and after much thought – and encouragement from… Fulham 2 players – David Coote appears in straight red!

56 minutes: Chelsea substitution Jorginho replaces Zakaria, and Chelsea are once again in the centre-back position after reaching their full squad of injured senior players.

soggy. James, Fofana, injured full-back, Chilwell; Loftus Chick, Kanty, Zakia; Sterling, Bruja, Polisik.

55 minutes It’s a problem with his left leg, his knee I think, which seemed to turn as he kicked the ball away. He has his shirt over his face, and Jorginho receives very detailed tactical instructions from Graham Potter.

55 minutes Zakaria is frustrated and in a fair amount of pain. Physicists point out that it needs to come down.

52 minutes: Pereira’s chance Robinson hooked the ball down the left wing to find Pereira, who escaped from Chalupa and shot wide of the near post from a tight angle. It must have deviated because Fulham corner.

50 minutes Mount and Havertz reunite to find Joao Felix, who whistles for the first time from about 25 yards. It’s directly on Leno, who kicks the ball and catches the ball on the second try.

It didn’t always work out, but sometimes the front three Joao Felix, Havertz and Mount linked up really well.

49 minutes I didn’t realize that Hall was partly at fault for the Fulham goal – he tried to run the ball to safety and lost it to Djordova Red, whose cross eventually fell to Willian – but he made up for it with a run that led to a free-kick for Mt. He will make mistakes, like all young players do, but to my untrained eye he looks serious.

Mount surprised everyone, not least Leno, by hitting the free kick towards the goal from a very narrow angle. It hit the post and rebounded to Coulibaly, who forced it over the line from close range. Leno saved the ball, but it was too late for the goal line. That was a great free kick from Mount, and we mustn’t forget Hall’s point on goal either.

Kalidou Coulibaly runs off to celebrate.
Kalidou Coulibaly runs off to celebrate. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

Goal! Fulham 1-1 Chelsea (Koulibaly 47)

Chelsea on top!

Coulibaly shoots at Lino, but the ball crosses the line.
Coulibaly shoots at Lino, but the ball crosses the line. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

47 minutes Hall zig-zags nicely between Decordova-Reid and Tete before being dropped out of the area on the left.

47 minutes “Hmm… the sad thing is that it was better than the last two efforts Chelsea But way less than we expected,” Madden tells me. “I really want to give Potter time but at what point do we say he’s out of his depth? Am I too cruel? I’ve seen many different versions of Chelsea over the years but Potter’s Chelsea lacks drive, authority, attacking creativity and toughness. I began to wonder if, in fact, he couldn’t cut it at that level, which is crazy given the short time he’s been in power.”

That may very well be the case, but I think it’s too early to draw such conclusions, especially since he’s not his team and half of his best players are injured. Except in really exceptional circumstances, and I don’t think she’s qualified at all, I really can’t get around a manager being fired in a year, let alone six months.

46 minutes Peep peep! Chelsea The second half begins.

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Now it comes to tonight’s game, but that’s really, really good.

Newcastle’s promotion to the First Division“And, together with Tottenham looking like a permanent member and Arsenal back in the title race, it looks like a tipping point where big spending teams (outside City) can’t count on the Champions League anymore,” says Zack Neely. “I wonder if half of the Newcastle/Tottenham/Arsenal/Chelsea/Liverpool/Manchester United team that make the top flight every year will panic with faster shots or even more spending, or if these teams can just be happy with what Enough to do it half the time and get enough money just to participate in Premier League Along with financing through no-money operations.”

That’s a very good point, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out, at least until the 2027-28 season, when UEFA has awarded 12 places in the new and improved Premier League, 975 games.

First half: Fulham 1-0 Chelsea

It’s happening. repeatedly. Chelsea He started brightly, new signing Joao Felix in particular, but Fulham grew impressively in the game and took the lead through Willian’s deflected shot. Chelsea weren’t bad – they made 14 goal attempts to kick off – but they could be heading for a seventh defeat in 10 matches.

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45 + 1 min Three minutes of extra time.

45 + 1 min “For anyone hoping to bring Jose Morebo back to the PL, be careful what you wish for,” says Mary Waltz. “I recently watched Roma vs Bologna. An early goal for Roma was followed by the most amazingly boring game with Roma killing the game for 75 minutes, classic Jose, classic boredom.”

So you say it was another professional lesson for Mourinho?

45 minutes Vinicius did very well against Mitrovic. He’s up against three centre-backs, but his physicality has gotten them all into trouble, Chalobah in particular.

44 minutes Tite’s deep cross was headed across by Vinicius. Kepa almost makes Horlicks for what appears to be a routine save, holding the ball in front of goal, but Thiago saves him by firing clear.

42 minutes This is not news however Fulham Really cool aspect. On paper, their team doesn’t look that great, but they play with great confidence and purpose in attack.

41 minutes “To my eyes Trevoh Chalupa was horrendously bad today,” Glenn Cooley writes, but I remember how Antonio Rudiger (and for that matter Andreas Christensen) used to look before they got some big playing time alongside Thiago Silva. The hope of some serenity of the latter under pressure similarly affects the youngster (which cannot happen too soon for the Blues).”

I was thinking the same thing. He looked really good last season, certainly in the games I watched, but he was a bag of nerves tonight.

40 minutes: Good save by Leno! A long ball bounced awkwardly forward for Adarabioyo, allowing Havertz to cut the ball inside the area. He turns and passes it to João Félix, who takes a touch and blasts a low shot across goal that is well saved by Leno, dropping back to his right. This is his best save so far.

38 minutes Havertz elegantly moves away from Robinson on the right. His cross at the near post is blocked by Ream, who then runs towards the loose ball to deflect Azpilicueta’s next shot over the bar.

36 minutes A shawlaba is reserved for a hook on her balloon. the Fulham The players wanted a red card, but I think a yellow card is just right. His studs were showing but he was low enough that he was considered reckless and not dangerous.

34 min: Good save by Leno! Azpilicueta’s cross is lifted into the air and falls towards Hall, arriving late in the penalty area. He hit a running shot that deflected off Adarabioyo and was cleverly saved by Leno to his right.

33 minutes Kovacic’s cross bounced over jumper Joao Felix, without any signals from eight yards out, but he was offside again so it could not have been counted.

Joao Felix jumps for the ball
João Felix shows off his jumping skills. Photo: Darren Walsh/Chelsea/Getty Images

32 minutes A vicious free kick from Pereira wreaked havoc Chelsea We are. In the end, Thiago stabbed the ball in the back, took it from the toe of a Fulham player (I think Vinicius), then raised the flag for offside anyway.

31 minutes If you stay like this Fulham It will be four points clear of a place in the Champions League. Yes, they’ve played more games than the teams above them, but it’s still quite an achievement.

30 minutes “if Chelsea Pull the trigger on Potter, they should be forced to re-hire Mourinho,” says Matt Doney. “a) as punishment for ignoring all the ‘long-term plan’ talk, and b) to entertain the rest of the league. (I wouldn’t want him anywhere near a club I’m interested in, but the league is by nature a better place when Jose is around.)

28 min: A chance for Joao Felix! Mount wins the ball up the court, and Kovacic passes it to Joao Felix. He pulls away from Adarabioyo, on his left foot, but shoots straight at Leno from 15 yards.

27 minutes

Willian is not celebrating, but everyone else at Craven Cottage is going crazy. The Decordova-Reid Cross is routed through the area by the Chalobah and collected by Willian. He cut inside, stuck Azpilicueta several times and hit a low engine going straight at Kepa – until he swerved off Chalobah and flew into the corner.

Willian does not celebrate his goal.
Willian doesn’t celebrate, but everyone else does. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

Goal! Fulham 1-0 Chelsea (Willian 25)

Willian scores against his old club!

Willian's shot is deflected into the bottom corner.
Willian’s shot is deflected into the bottom corner. Photo: Simon Dale/REX/Shutterstock

23 minutes: Djordova Reid hits the crossbar! Chalobah misjudged Leno’s long goalkick, which steered the ball straight at Fincos. He played Decordova-Reid on his right, driving in for a first time from 15 yards that hit the crossbar. Kiba didn’t move.

21 minutes Fulham takes a short corner on the right. Willian kicks the ball to Reid, who sends in a nice first-time shot from 25 yards that is blocked by one of many Chelsea Corpses near the penalty spot.

21 minutes “Forgive my ignorance, but is Thursday night now a permanent date for Premier League matches?” says Paolo Periani. “If so, have you always been an MBMer?”

No, hopefully, therefore, no. This game was rearranged after the death of the Queen in September. Having said that, I see Manchester City play Tottenham every week tonight. And you won’t believe who’s on the rota.

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