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  • April 17, 2013
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: M. Dean
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Premier League Preview: Fulham - Chelsea

Premier League Preview: Fulham - Chelsea

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Rafael Benitez's men have lost six and won just three on their travels since the start of the year and visit Craven Cottage to face their 10th-placed west London rivals

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

FULHAM

Schwarzer
Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise
Karagounis, Enoh, Richardson, Emanuelson
Berbatov, Ruiz
CHELSEA

Cech
Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Bertrand
Ramires, Mikel
Mata, Oscar, Hazard
Ba

Fulham midfielder Damien Duff (groin) sustained an injury last time out against Aston Villa and may not be fit enough to start on Wednesday night.

Steve Sidwell serves the last match of his three-game suspension, so Kieran Richardson may well keep his place in the midfield. Otherwise, Martin Jol has no new injury concerns ahead of this game.

Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Ashley Cole (hamstring) is near a recovery although this game may come slightly too soon for the left back, leaving Ryan Bertrand - who recently recovered from a virus - to deputize again.

Gary Cahill is also returning to full fitness and could make the bench for this game. Otherwise, Rafael Benitez is likely to field a strong side as the Blues look to open up a gap over fellow Champions League qualification rival Tottenham.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Fulham has seen five own goals scored for the club this season, the joint-most in the Premier League alongside Manchester United.
  • The Cottagers have recovered just five points from losing positions in the league this term.
  • Fulham has seen its woodwork hit 18 times this season, more than any other team in the top flight.
  • Martin Jol's men have drawn their last five matches against Wednesday's opponents in all competitions.
  • The hosts' last league victory over Chelsea was a 1-0 win in 2005-06 thanks to a goal from Luis Boa Morte (pictured right).
  • Chelsea is undefeated in its last 14 matches against Fulham in all competitions.
  • The Blues' loss to Manchester City in the FA Cup on Sunday was their first defeat in the competition in 30 matches, excluding penalty shootouts.
  • Chelsea has not won a game away from home in the Premier League since it beat Stoke City 4-0 on Jan. 12 - and only twice in all competitions in 12 outings.

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23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
3John Arne RiiseDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
5Brede HangelandDefender
20Sascha RietherMidfielder
14Georgios KaragounisMidfielder
8Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
6Eyong EnohMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
10Mladen PetricStriker
11Bryan RuizStriker
38Neil EtheridgeGoalkeeper
18Aaron HughesDefender
25Stanislav ManolevDefender
35Emmanuel FrimpongMidfielder
15Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
21Kerim FreiMidfielder
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
23David LuizDefender
26John TerryDefender
23Ryan BertrandDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
8Frank LampardMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
17Eden HazardMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Juan MataStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
27Nathan AkeDefender
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