Chelsea vs Fulham 09/21/2013 Free Soccer Pick and Preview
Chelsea (2-1-1) Fulham (1-1-2)
Saturday 21st September 2013 17:30 (GMT)
The Line: Chelsea 1/3 Draw 4/1 Fulham 9/1 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports; NBC Sports
The return of Jose Mourhino has been stuttering of late with Chelsea losing two games on the trot after starting the season with two wins in a row. Mourhino has struggled to get the right balance on the field and Juan Mata seems to be surplus to requirements at the moment, a strange thing given that the Spanish star was Chelsea's best player last season. Mourhino has struggled to get the best from his strikeforce, something that previous managers have also struggled with. Fernando Torres patience must be wearing thin as he see's the club spend yet again on bringing in Samuel Eto and Paulhino. Overall Chelsea have such a strong midfield though that they have been able to see off the weaker sides.
Fulham have some quality players and will look to take afdvantage of Chelsea's struggles in this derby game. Dimiatr Berbatov is one of the best finishers in the game but the Bulgarian often finds himself marginalised in a Fulham side that struggles to hold onto the ball at times. Martin Jol's side will pack the midfield and try to frustrate Chelsea today but I'm not sure Fulham will have the players to compete with this star studded Chelsea line up.
Eventually Jose will get things right in terms of the team he puts on the pitch but also Chelsea willeventually take all the chances they are creating, I have a feeling the evening kickoff and derby atmospheremight just be the right occasion to spark chelsea. I'm going to take Chelsea to win this one minus the handicap. I will take Chelsea -1 and have a small bet on Chelsea 2-0 as I think that seems to be Mourhino's favourite scoreline. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo