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League Cup Preview: Chelsea - Fulham

The hosts failed to win their next four games the last time they lost to Manchester United, but Fernando Torres will be out to make up for his astonishing miss at Old Trafford

By Josh Clarke

Chelsea Training Session & Press Conference, Andre Villas-Boas
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PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHELSEA

Cech
Bosingwa, Luiz, Terry, Cole
Mikel, Romeu, Lampard
Malouda, Torres, Lukaku

FULHAM

Schwarzer
Baird, Kelly, Hangeland, JA Riise
Dempsey, Murphy, Sidwell, Duff
Zamora, Ruiz

It’s likely that Andres Villas-Boas will afford Fernando Torres the opportunity to start and get straight back on the goalscoring wagon after the Spaniard’s remarkable miss against Manchester United at the weekend. Elsewhere, Oriel Romeu and Romelu Lukaku could be given starts, with Jon Obi Mikel and David Luiz also in line to figure.

Martin Jol may give new signing Bryan Ruiz another chance to prove himself after a lacklustre start to life in west London. Otherwise, it seems likely that the visitors will stay as faithful as possible to the team that drew at the weekend with Manchester City in the hope of giving as good a showing as possible of themselves in the League Cup derby fixture.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • No Chelsea player other than Juan Mata has scored more than one goal this season.
  • The last time Chelsea lost to Manchester United, they went on a four-match winless streak.
  • Frank Lampard (right) has created more goalscoring chances than anybody else in the Premier League this season, with 14.
  • Fulham have not recorded a win in six outings, drawing their last three.
  • The last time the two met, in the Premier League back in February, the game finished a 0-0 stalemate as Clint Dempsey missed a penalty.
  • Fulham have been particularly vulnerable in the 10 minutes leading up to half-time, with over half of their goals conceded this term being during that window.


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20Paulo FerreiraDefender
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33AlexDefender
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51Josh McEachranMidfielder
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