May 11, 2021

LIVE: Chelsea vs Fulham

34′ Despite the scoreline, Parker probably be quite pleased by his sides performance so far today, they have played well, but just can’t break through this strong Chelsea side.

32′ Another good move by Mount, popping up in space on the edge of the box and he slides it through the Fulham defence for Havertz. However, he makes his run too early and is caught offside.

30′ Good defending! Adarabioyo does really well to step across Werner to stop him from getting on a through ball and allows Areola to come out and gather.

29′ We’re almost at the half an hour mark now and it remains Chelsea who lead 1-0, at Stamford Bridge thanks to a goal from Havertz after 10 minutes.

27′ There is a coming together between Cavaleiro and Chilwell in the penalty area after a cross is whipped into the box from the right wing and the Fulham man half-heartedly appeals for a penalty. However, there was nothing in that and the referee allows play to continue.

25′ Chelsea are playing a good high press, which is stopping Fulham from creating a move from deep and instead they are having to play long balls in behind.

23′ SAVE! Excellent stop by Mendy to deny Lookman! Chelsea fail to clear the danger following a set piece and it falls to Lookman, who drills a low effort towards the bottom left corner of the net. However, Mendy gets down quickly and tips it around the post.

22′ Blocked! Thiago Silva plays a poor pass into the feet of Gilmour and the midfielder loses possession, with Maja nicking it off his toes and he races forward. It gets played out to Reid, who fires a low strike towards goal, however, Thiago Silva gets across and makes a good block.

21′ Mount has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions than any other Chelsea player under Tuchel (5 goals, 2 assists).

19′ Mount has been excellent early on here, he is everywhere in midfield, helping out at the back and also getting forward and creating opportunities in front of goal.

17′ GOAL RULED OUT! Havertz has the ball in the back once again but it is instantly ruled out for offside. The German international made his run in behind far too early as a pass was played through to him by Mount, but it was another lovely finish.

16′ It only seems like a matter of time before Chelsea get their second of the game, they are dominating and Fulham are struggling to deal with these balls in behind their defence.

14′ Chelsea look very comfortable now, playing the game at their own pace and keeping Fulham at bay. They’ll be hoping to wrap up the win early on and then they can turn their attentions to the Champions League in midweek.

12′ Fulham had started brightly, keeping possession well but they just couldn’t stop Chelsea there and now they have it all to do to get something out of the game.

M. Mount

Assist

Chelsea

10′ Superb touch and pass by Mount to set up Havertz for the opening goal. The midfielder made the run forward for the long ball and controlled it brilliantly, before laying it through to Havertz, who did the rest with a fine finish.

K. Havertz

Goal

Chelsea

10′ GOOOAAALLL! Havertz fires Chelsea ahead after just 10 minutes, it’s 1-0! It comes from a long ball over the top from the back and Mount controls it brilliantly, getting away from his marker and then just sliding it through to Havertz in behind, who coolly slots it into the bottom right corner of the net.

9′ 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.

7′ Not too far away! Chelsea counter quickly and work the ball into the Fulham penalty area, with Chilwell getting forward down the left wing and he drills a low cross into the box for Werner. However, the striker just can’t reach it and Fulham clear the danger.

5′ SAVE! Havertz loses possession close to the halfway line far too easily and Robinson nicks it off his toes and then drives forward towards the Chelsea penalty area. The left-back unleashes a powerful strike towards goal, which Mendy has to tip over the crossbar. Superb strike.

3′ It looks like Havertz might be playing in the central role up top for Chelsea today, with Ziyech out to the right and Werner to the left. A very attacking line-up for the hosts.

1′ We’re under way!

The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!

Meanwhile Scott Parker sticks with the same starting XI that drew with Arsenal last weekend, with Maja and Cavaleiro leading the line up front and Reid and Lookman providing the width.

Thomas Tuchel has made four changes to his side, perhaps resting a few ahead of the Champions League tie in midweek. Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Jorginho and Pulisic drop out of the side and they have been replaced by Zouma, James, Gilmour and Ziyech.

FULHAM SUBS: Marek Radak, Kenny Tete, Michael Hector, Dennis Odoi, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Tim Ream, Joe Bryan, Josh Onomah, Fabio Carvalho.

FULHAM (4-4-2): Alphonse Areola, Ola Aina, Joachim Andersen, Tosin Adarabioyo, Antonee Robinson; Bobby Decordova-Reid, Mario Lemina, Andre-Frank Anguissa, Ademola Lookman; Ivan Cavaleiro, Josh Maja.

CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Faustino Anjorin, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, Tammy Abraham.

CHELSEA (3-4-2-1): Edouard Mendy; Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma; Reece James, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell; Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz; Timo Werner.

Meanwhile Fulham are at the opposite end of the table and are in a huge battle to stay up. They are currently 10 points adrift, following Brighton’s earlier victory over Leeds and there are now only four games left to play, so time is running out for Scott Parker’s side.

Chelsea could tighten their grip on fourth spot with a win today, after beating fifth-placed West Ham last weekend. The Blues are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions, including a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals in midweek.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge.