After a two-week break, the Premier League returns this weekend with Chelsea taking on Fulham on Friday. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and bonuses in the English top-flight league.
Chelsea: Busy Transfer Window
Enzo Fernandez is set to become Chelsea’s 18th signing of the season and bring its spending to a total of $600M across the last two windows following Todd Boehly’s consortium’s takeover. Is that good? Probably yes, but not for the remainder of the season. We can’t trust Chelsea enough to include it in our soccer picks and parlays.
But while the stunning spending spree has captured supporters’ attention and generated countless headlines, it has also left Graham Potter to solve the issue of what his best starting lineup looks like. Potter’s Chelsea project is yet to hit the runway, but it could take off soon owing to the upgrade in personnel they’ve undergone over the past few weeks.
If players like Joao Felix, Mykhailo Mudryk, Enzo Fernandez, Malo Gusto, Noni Madueke, and Benoit Badiashile, among others, hit the ground running, there might yet be a joy to be found this season for the Blues. But for now, they are sitting 10th in the Premier League standings. The Blues are still without Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante, Armando Broja, Edouard Mendy, and Denis Zakaria, all injured, while Joao Felix is still suspended.
Fulham: Exceeding Expectations
Fulham has exceeded expectations under Marco Silva this season, throwing its name into the ring for the European places in the Premier League. The team sent out a statement with a 2-1 win over Chelsea earlier this month, thanks to goals from Willian and Carlos Vinicius.
The Cottagers have been a force to be reckoned with aerially, a notion that almost clashes with the fluidity of their football under Silva. They are one of only two clubs in the Premier League this season to amass a double-digit tally for headed goals.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has been one of the biggest beneficiaries with four headed-goals. The Serb has been the recipient of more open-play crosses than any other player in the Premier League, while Fulham has also registered the most goals from crosses.
Midfielder Neeskens Kebano should be the only absentee in the away team. If you’re betting online, you should expect at least one goal from the visitors. Silva’s side has recorded back-to-back 1-0 defeats in the Premier League against Newcastle and Tottenham and was frustrated in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, drawing 1-1 with Championship outfit Sunderland, meaning they must now play a replay next Tuesday.
Chelsea vs Fulham Head-to-Head
Chelsea’s Premier League home games have averaged only 2.22 goals per game this term, with five of its eight EPL wins coming at home. Kai Havertz is Chelsea’s top scorer with five goals.
Fulham has lost its last two matches in the Premier League without scoring, while Chelsea has allowed seven goals in nine home league games.
The visitors scored 14 and conceded 14 in 10 away games, winning four in the process.
Chelsea vs Fulham Match Information
- Match: Chelsea (8-5-7) vs Fulham (9-4-8)
- Location: Stamford Bridge, London
- Day/Time: Friday, Feb. 3, 3:00 p.m. ET
- Chelsea vs Fulham Live stream: fubo.tv
Chelsea vs Fulham Betting Lines
Chelsea vs Fulham Picks and Prediction
The Blues enter this clash as heavy favorites, priced at -170 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds, while the goal line is set at 2½.
If Chelsea is to keep a clean sheet against Fulham, then Potter will need to have his side ready for an aerial bombardment, something it failed to deal with last time.
We will avoid the moneyline because we can’t trust Chelsea’s transfer spree. With so many new players, Chelsea will struggle to bring its A-game here. We’re not saying Fulham will win, but we expect it to find the back of the net on Friday.
Chelsea are listed at -170 in our Vegas Premier League lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Chelsea, you have a chance to win $59. The Fulham are +450, offering a chance to win $450 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Chelsea a 62.96% chance to win, with Fulham at 18.18%.