Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points in Matchweek 19.
Comfortable counter-attacking in their new 3-5-2 shape, they will not be intimidated when their west London neighbours visit Craven Cottage.
Here is a closer look at three of the club’s summer signings, who should provide Scott Parker’s side with optimism ahead of this match.
On-loan goalkeeper Alphonse Areola is playing superbly.
The 27-year-old Paris Saint-Germain 'keeper has a naturally dominant presence and his outstanding shot-stopping skills have earned his side extra points this term.
Across Fulham’s last seven matches, Areola has conceded just six goals from 33 shots on target faced.
Making 3.7 saves per 90 minutes in that spell, his save ratio has been a highly impressive 80.95 per cent.
Areola has been very consistent during his first season in English football.
Capable of producing match-defining saves with his hands or feet, the Frenchman boasts one of the best shot-to-save ratios in the Premier League.
If Fulham are to claim their first win against Chelsea since 2006, Areola is almost certain to be a key figure.
Former Man City youngster Adarabioyo produced an immense individual performance in the midweek draw with Spurs.
The 23-year-old, who plays on the left of central defence, made nine clearances, 10 ball recoveries, three tackles and a vital block.
Adarabioyo came into the side after Fulham had leaked 11 goals in their opening four fixtures.
Since then, they have only conceded a further 13 times in 12 top-flight matches.
At 6ft 5in, Adarabioyo uses his height to good advantage and has made highest number of clearances per 90 minutes of any Premier League defender.
Team-mate Andersen is also ranked third for clearances, showing how comfortable Fulham now are at defending inside their own box.
Fulham’s main man in attack is 23-year-old Ademola Lookman.
Since joining on loan from RB Leipzig, the forward has proved he can be a game-changer, delivering two goals and three assists.
|2020/21||Per 90||Fulham rank|
|Big chances created||0.35||1st|
|Chances created in open play||1.75||1st|
|Touches in opp box||4.28||2nd|
His speed and dribbling ability are a major asset, so he will be expected to take Chelsea defenders on at Craven Cottage.
He scored a stunning solo goal in a 1-1 draw with Sheffield United, and finished off a counter-attack with aplomb in the win at Leicester, having sprinted 60 yards to score.
Lookman’s individual magic also inspired goals against Everton and Spurs, when he beat his man before supplying quality crosses from the byline.
Steady at the back and competent going forward, Fulham's side looks more than capable of making it a difficult evening for Chelsea.