Fulham host Chelsea amid tough run of fixtures

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2020-21 English Premier League

Matchday 19 of 38

Fulham vs Chelsea 

Craven Cottage 
London, England
Saturday, 16 January 2021
Kick-off is at 19:30 
Fulham will host London rivals Chelsea in a 2020-21 English Premier League match on Saturday amid what could ultimately prove to be a crucial period for the club in their bid for survival. 
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The Cottagers face Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United all within the space of a week after having games postponed and reshuffled due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the club. 
Fulham head into the important week in 18th place on the league standings and three points from safety having won just twice in 15 matches this season. 
Chelsea are winless in their three most recent league games heading into this weekend's round of fixtures and pressure is mounting on manager Frank Lampard. 
The Blues looked genuine title contenders a few weeks back, but a 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester City underlined the ground they still needed to make up. 
“I expected periods of difficulties this year because it doesn’t come that easily,” Lampard, whose team dropped to ninth, said following the defeat to City. 
“Whether that puts pressure on me is regardless because a month ago everyone was asking whether I will be signing a new contract. In quick succession over a tight and busy period we have lost four games of football so the pressure remains constant in this job. My job is to try and lift the players so they can match the levels that Manchester City showed." 
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This will be the first league meeting between the two clubs since the 2018-19 season when Chelsea took six points off Fulham. A 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge was followed by a 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage. 

Fulham vs Chelsea head-to-head statistics:

Matches played: 52
Fulham wins: 3
Chelsea wins: 33
Draws: 16

English Premier League fixtures, matchday 19: 

Saturday, 16 January 
14:30 - Wolves vs West Brom 
17:00 - West Ham United vs Burnley 
17:00 - Leeds United vs Brighton & Hove Albion 
19:30 - Fulham vs Chelsea 
22:00 - Leicester City vs Southampton 
Sunday, 17 January 
14:00 - Aston Villa vs Everton 
16:05 - Sheffield United vs Tottneham Hotspur 
18:30 - Liverpool vs Manchester United 
21:15 - Manchester City vs Crystal Palace 
Monday, 18 January   
22:00 - Arsenal vs Newcastle United 

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Published: 01/13/2021