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P.J. Murray 8th Apr 2012 - 23:29

Will Fulham be the best in the West?

West London rivals meet at Craven Cottage with the race for fourth on the mind of the visiting side.

They saw Tottehnam slip up with a draw against Sunderland and Arsenal secure a five point lead with a 1-0 win at home to City.

With only seven games remaining Chelsea need every single point if they are going to beat Tottenham into a Top Four spot and have a chance at next season's Champions League.

Fulham have their eye on a Top Ten finish, Martin Jol's side currently reside in tenth, but could move up. Having beaten QPR twice in the league, a win against Chelsea would also make them the best of the three West London sides, albeit not reflected in the table.

Fulham have made a habit of spoiling parties, they have managed to take points off Chelsea already along with Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City.

Chelsea made hard work of a dogged Wigan side and were lucky with two very contentious decisions as the poor performance of Premier League officials continues.

Chelsea (Evs) have dominated the West London rivalry with Fulham, winning 38 of the 65 league meetings between the sides. We have an enhanced Match Winner on the game for The Blues to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 at 3/1 enhanced from 2/1.

The hosts are 11/5 and have won their last two on the bounce, wins over Norwich, followed by Bolton came after losses to Swansea and Man Utd.  Their form is encouraging and should make for a competitive match.

The attack for the hosts could well be blunted without Bryan Ruiz and Pavel Pogrebnyak who are both injured. Chelsea  are 5/2 to win to nil. However, the recent intense run of fixtures could really take its toll on Chelsea who now have a Champions League semi-final to contend with.

Roberto Di Matteo has his own injury worries to deal with, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole are all set to face late fitness tests.

Didier Drogba has taken on the scoring role as Fernando Torres has evolved into a more playmaking role. Drogba has been able to sit back and take goals as they come, the Ivorian is 9/2 to open the scoring and 6/5 to hit the net anytime.

Clint Dempsey scored a brace against Bolton, a cracking freekick the best of his two goals. The American is 7/1 to open the scoring and 2/1 for an anytime scorer. He will be the focal point for Jol's team.

This will be a tight affair with over 2.5 goals at 4/5 looking like a good bet. I like the 9/2 about the double result of Draw/Chelsea and I expect Di Matteo to take all three points.

 
 
 

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