Chelsea make the short trip to Craven Cottage for a west London derby with Fulham on Monday evening.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have failed to score in each of their last three matches and have not gone four in a row without netting since September 2007.
When the two sides met in this fixture last season, Fulham earned a 2-1 success. However, they have failed to win their following nine London derbies since that victory.
Nicolas Jackson is also suspended after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season in the same match.
Last five meetings
Four of Willian’s five Premier League goals for Fulham have come at Craven Cottage, including one against his former side Chelsea in this exact fixture last season. The Brazilian made 234 league appearances for the Blues between 2013 and 2020, scoring 37 goals and providing 33 assists.
Fulham are winless in their last nine Premier League London derbies (D4 L5), since beating Chelsea 2-1 back in January. This will be their fourth derby already in 2023/24, losing their first at home to Brentford (0- 3) before drawing at both Arsenal (2-2) and Crystal Palace (0-0).
Chelsea have failed to score in each of their last three Premier League matches, despite attempting 45 shots (15 per match) with a total expected goals tally of 5.5 in this run. The Blues last went four league matches without scoring in September 2007.
Chelsea lost this exact fixture 2-1 last season – only once before have they ever lost consecutive away league matches against Fulham, doing so in April 1977 while in the second tier.
What the managers said
Marco Silva: “Of course, they [Chelsea] haven't started the way they would like. Since Mauricio [Pochettino] came in, he is trying to get the things in the right direction for them to fight for titles, like they want to be, but really that’s not the most important thing for us. We will look for ourselves.”
Mauricio Pochettino: "It's really important the victory [1-0 EFL Cup third round win against Brighton] because it gets us to the next round, but also for the trust and to build our confidence. It was another very solid performance which we translated into a victory, which the players needed, the team needed and the fans also.
"I am happy, the effort was fantastic from the team and now this situation can make us stronger and give us confidence for Monday."