Chelsea Vs Fulham, Wed 10 Nov 2010

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Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Zhirkov, Kalou, Drogba, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Ramires, Ferreira, Sturridge, Bruma, Kakuta, McEachran.

Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Briggs, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Dempsey, Dembele. Subs: Stockdale, Pantsil, Andrew Johnson, Gera, Eddie Johnson, Dikgacoi, Greening.

Chelsea have fresh injury doubts over defender Alex (knee) and Nicolas Anelka (back) in the run-up to the west London derby against Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

Midfielder Frank Lampard remains sidelined with a tendon problem but Michael Essien has recovered from the toe injury that kept him out of the Liverpool game on Sunday.

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will play despite being diagnosed with a bout of malaria.

The 2-0 defeat at Liverpool has cut their lead at the top of the table to just two points, but boss Carlo Ancelotti is not pressing the panic button just yet.

"We didn't play well in the first half," conceded the Italian. "We did in the second. Now we have to look forward.

"We can improve our position in the next two games and we hope to move on from the defeat against Liverpool.

"We have to be able to play 90 minutes with the same intensity, with the same power and personality. That's our aim in the next games.

"We are still at the top of the table and we know this gap can improve or go down, but it's important to stay at the top of the table.

"Manchester United have a derby. We have one against Fulham and we have to pay attention but, in theory, we have a possibility to win.

"I'm not thinking about losing. I'm thinking about winning. It's important we do to move on from the defeat."

Mexican defender Carlos Salcido will miss out for Fulham.

Salcido sidelined for three weeks with ankle ligament damage suffered in the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa at the weekend.

Fulham will also be missing defender Chris Baird who has suffered a thigh tear and is likely to be out for 10 days.

However, he could return for the match against Manchester City.

But while boss Mark Hughes accepts it will be a tough night he is confident his side can show the same character which saw them rescue a draw against Villa at the weekend with a late, late goal from Brede Hangeland.

Hughes said: "Chelsea have got a spine of players who have been there a long time and know what it takes to win Premier League games. They can bring from the bench similar quality. They have that strength of character you need to regularly win trophies.

"They have the mentality when they are not particularly playing well to still have the individual talent to win games.

"A draw at Stamford Bridge given our record against Chelsea is a good result but we would like to think we are capable of more.

"My side never know when they are beaten. They keep going to the end and that's what you want from your players."

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