Chelsea - Fulham Betting Preview: Blues set to cruise to derby day triumph

Martin Jol's side have had a poor start to the season and our tipster expects Jose Mourinho's men to heap more misery on the Cottagers at Stamford Bridge on Saturday
Chelsea will look to put the disappointment of last weekend’s defeat against Everton and a midweek Champions League loss to Basel behind them on Saturday evening when they entertain Fulham in a west London derby at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho’s men are chalked up as warm favourites for this weekend’s clash, with William Hill making them just 2/7 (1.29) to claim all three points against Martin Jol’s side.

The Cottagers have endured a disappointing start to the campaign, having collected just four points from their opening four games and Martin Jol’s men were left bitterly disappointed last weekend as West Bromwich Albion snatched a point at Craven Cottage by virtue of a stoppage-time strike.

Given their poor start to the campaign, it is unsurprising to see the away side chalked up at a chunky 17/2 (9.50) with William Hill to enjoy victory at Stamford Bridge while the same firm go 9/2 (5.50) that the match ends all square.

Fulham forced a goalless draw on their last visit to Stamford Bridge and, should that result be repeated this weekend, William Hill will refund correct score and scorecast bets placed before kick-off on Saturday evening as a free bet.

However, a repeat of last season’s return fixture between the sides – a 3-0 triumph for the Blues – seems a more likely outcome this weekend as the Cottagers struggle to find their best form.

Fulham have claimed just a solitary clean sheet and managed just three Premier League goals of their own in their opening four league matches so they may find it tough to break down a resilient Chelsea side here.

Despite their recent wobbles against Basel and Everton, Jose Mourinho’s men have conceded just two goals in the Premier League thus far this term and look to represent outstanding value at 4/5 (1.80) with William Hill to keep a clean sheet against Martin Jol’s misfiring side.

However, punters are encouraged to back the Blues to win to nil at William Hill’s generous even money (2.0) quote and it is this price that is the recommended play this weekend.

Chelsea to win to nil at even money (2.0) 2pts stake with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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