After a dissapointing FA Cup exit against Manchester City, Chelsea will hope to get back on track with a victory over local rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage tommorow night.
Although Fulham haven’t had an exceptional campaign thus far, they are not in the relegation mix-up, sitting comfortably in 10th place.
Therefore, Martin Jol's squad will relish this latest opportunity to bloody the nose of the lads from the Bridge.
Since the Cottagers’ defeat of stuttering Tottenham they have fallen off pace a bit in the Premier League most recently recording a loss and a draw. However, derby matches always have a way of bringing out the best of both squads and don’t expect this match to be any different.
Chelsea will come into the match off the back of a disappointing exit from the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but will take some positives away from the match as the second-half fight back was valiant in nature.
It will be interesting to see if Benitez’s squad rotation policy continues as Lampard, Terry, and Victor Moses all remained unused by the Spaniard in the recent match against City.
Again the Chelsea defence looked shaky on Sunday without the injured Ashley Cole or John Terry and Benitez will be desperate to plug the holes of the ship.
Demba Ba’s spectacular overhead volley will give the Chelsea boss a tough decision as both his forwards seem to be firing once again over their past five appearances. He is certainly aware he will need firepower and will have to anticipate a strike from the ever-potent Dimitar Berbatov.
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