Chelsea’s busy January continues this evening as they take on Fulham at Craven Cottage. Graham Potter’s side have struggled for consistency since the resumption of domestic football and find themselves 10 points behind the Premier League top four.
The Blues’ first game back from the World Cup break 16 days ago saw them end a run of four straight defeats with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge. But since then, Potter’s men have failed to defeat Nottingham Forest and Manchester City – twice – to leave them lurking in mid-table. Tonight, Chelsea travel to high-flyers Fulham in the first London derby between the two sides this campaign.
Marco Silva’s group sit three places above their city rivals in seventh after adjusting to life back in the top flight rather well. After Potter offered an insight into the “hardest job in football” prior to the clash, Chelsea’s stars of the pitch will be looking to lift an ounce of pressure off their boss tonight with a first victory away from Stamford Bridge since the 2-1 win at Aston Villa in October.
And ahead of the short trip across Fulham, Chelsea’s social media may have hinted at which players we can expect to see be named in Potter’s starting line-up. Thiago Silva and Denis Zakaria, who have both started the last three league games, featured on the Twitter graphic that was posted just after 2pm.
There was also a feature for January signing Benoit Badiashile , who is yet to make his debut for the club since his move from Monaco. The defender has been training with his new teammates since last Friday and is expected to be involved this evening.
All three have also posted their own matchday graphics on Instagram stories today. The posts could be a hint of a fresh partnership in defence between Badiashile and Silva with Zakaria expected to continue in midfield alongside Mateo Kovacic.