Fulham-Chelsea Betting Preview: Magath's men to keep things tight at Craven Cottage

The ex-Wolfsburg boss' first home game in charge is a west London derby against the league leaders - expect his team to make life difficult for the Blues
After picking up a draw away to West Brom in his first game in charge, new Fulham boss Felix Magath begins life at Craven Cottage with a west London derby against Chelsea on Saturday.

The former Wolfsburg boss told reporters after the draw at the Hawthorns he was sure his side would avoid relegation this season, and Paddy Power are offering odds of 6/1 (7.00) on him backing up that promise with a high profile win here.

With 14 wins and just one defeat to their name in the last 25 Premier League meetings with their local rivals, the visitors are favourites at 4/9 (1.44) to come out on top once again.

However, five of the last seven encounters in all competitions have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on the sides sharing the spoils this time out.

Magath arrived in England with a fearsome reputation as a disciplinarian and his methods seemed already to have taken hold last weekend, as his new team were minutes away from a first win in eight after a backs-to-the-wall performance.

Those battling qualities will be even more important when they come up against the league leaders this weekend, with the Cottagers likely to spend the majority of the match on the back foot.

However, with Jose Mourinho’s men returning home from a tough Champions League trip to Istanbul on Wednesday, the home fans could be forgiven for optimistically anticipating another tight match against their affluent neighbours.

Seven of the last eight encounters between the teams have featured under 2.5 goals and, with the Blues having seen no more than two go in at either end in 11 of their last 15 fixtures, odds of 11/10 (2.10) offer excellent value on this clash remaining equally low-scoring.

That bet would have paid out in each of Chelsea’s last six on the road, as well as five of Fulham’s last eight in all competitions.

Under 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power

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