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Chelsea v Fulham: Don’t expect goals in both halves at Bridge

| 20.09.2013

Jose Mourinho is not historically the most attacking of managers and Chelsea against Fulham is rarely a game that screams goals, but given the club’s Champions League disappointment against Basel, there may well be some retaliation in this London derby.

Chelsea are 3/10 to beat Fulham and they are unbeaten in their last 14 meetings with the opposition in all competitions, while Mourinho has still never lost at home in either stint as manager in the Premier League.

However, this is not a fixture that Chelsea can be banked on to win and draws on both of Martin Jol’s top-flight visits since becoming Fulham manager are sure to have upset a few accumulators.

A third successive league draw between the two at Stamford Bridge can be backed at 9/2, with 9/1 on offer that Fulham make the short trip home three points better off.

It is away from the match betting offerings where the best bet lies though, with 27/20 available that goals are not scored in both halves in the clash.

This bet would have been successful in both of Fulham’s Premier League away games this season, alongside three of Chelsea’s four league fixtures to date.

Meanwhile, Fulham have played away in 14 London derbies in all competitions in the last three seasons and on 10 occasions at least one of the halves have ended goalless.

Half of Chelsea’s six London home derbies last season failed to witness goals in both halves too.

The other market with some appeal is the 6/5 that under 2.5 goals are scored at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea’s 3-0 victory at Craven Cottage last season was the only one of the last seven meetings between the pair that has seen more than two goals.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.