West London rivals Chelsea and Fulham clash in a big game at both ends of Premier League table this weekend.
Chelsea beat West Ham to boost their top-four hopes but must follow that up with a win over near-neighbours Fulham.
The Blues would go six points clear of the Hammers with a win.
Fulham also need a win as they look to beat the drop.
The Cottagers go into this match seven points off Brighton in 17th and are in desperate need of points.
Chelsea beat Fulham 1-0 earlier this season and have not lost to their London rivals since March 2006.
Chelsea v Fulham: How to listen
This match will get under way at 5:30pm on Saturday, May 1.
Full coverage from Stamford Bridge will be exclusively live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 5pm.
Faye Carruthers will be your host and commentary will come from Alex Crook and David Connolly.
To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.
Here are the other ways to listen…
App iPhone – Download from the Apple store
Android – Download from Google Play
Radio – talkSPORT is available across the United Kingdom via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
TV – Listen to talkSPORT through your TV on the following channels: Sky: Channel 0108 Virgin Media: Channel 927 Freeview: Channel 723 Freesat: Channel 731
Chelsea v Fulham: Team news
Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic is not fit to return from a hamstring injury yet.
Antonio Rudiger has joined the Croatian on the sidelined with a minor knock.
The Blues will likely rotate their ranks ahead of Wednesday’s crucial Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
Fulham will have Kenny Tete available again following on from his positive Covid-19 test.
Loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek is ineligible to face his parent club.
Chelsea v Fulham: Match stats and facts
- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 18 home games against Fulham in all competitions (W10 D8) since a 0-2 second tier defeat in October 1979.
- Fulham have won just one of their 29 Premier League matches against Chelsea (D10 L18), winning 1-0 in March 2006 at Craven Cottage.
- Of the 374 top-flight fixtures to have been played at least 50 times, Fulham have the lowest win rate against an opponent, managing just three wins in their 51 such meetings with Chelsea (6%).
- Fulham are winless in their last 23 Premier League London derby matches (D5 L18) since beating West Ham 2-1 in January 2014. However, the Cottagers have avoided defeat in their last three such fixtures on the road, drawing at Tottenham, Crystal Palace and Arsenal this term.
- In Premier League London derbies this season, Chelsea have won the most games (6), the most points (19), scored the most goals (15), and conceded the fewest (4). 75% of their four goals conceded were against Arsenal, with the Gunners the only side to beat them in a derby match this term.
- Chelsea have lost just one of their 14 Premier League games under Thomas Tuchel (W8 D5), having lost five of their last eight under Frank Lampard this season (W2 D1). However, the Blues have won just 43% of their seven home league games under the German so far (W3 D3 L1).
- Away from home, Fulham have dropped more points from winning positions than any other side in the Premier League this season (13). The Cottagers have opened the scoring in six of their last seven away league games (the other finishing 0-0), but have gone on to win just two of those six matches (D3 L1).
- 64% of Fulham’s Premier League goals this season have come away from home (16/25). Only Manchester City in 2006-07 (65.5%) have scored a higher share of their goals on the road in a single Premier League campaign (19/29).
- No player has scored more Premier League goals for Chelsea this season than Timo Werner (6). His winning goal against West Ham last time out was his first in eight league games, while he’s only scored in consecutive league games for the Blues once (in November).
- Chelsea keeper Édouard Mendy has kept 15 clean sheets in his 27 Premier League games this season, with only Ederson keeping more (17). Of all keepers to have started at least 25 games in Premier League history, Mendy is the only one to keep a clean sheet in more than half of them (56%).