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Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Premier League match against Fulham at Craven Cottage before, during and after the game.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 20:00 hours on Monday, 2nd October 2023 (Local UK time/date) (Live on Sky Sports)

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Haven't seen much of them this season. Based on last season, Fulham are good at sitting deep and defending in numbers so I can't see how we're going to break them down. Most likely result is 0-0 or predictably we'll get hit on the counter and lose 1-0.

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I know we've got injuries but so many players are already playing out of position. Fernandez, Chilwell, Colwill. Now Jackson and Gusto will be missing too. Word is that Caicedo will probably slot in at RB but god knows what bastardised Frankenstein's monster of a starting XI we are going to see here. If you line the squad up like something out of The Usual Suspects I doubt if I would be able to identify more than half the players. I want my Chelsea back.

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1 minute ago, Holymoly said:

I know we've got injuries but so many players are already playing out of position. Fernandez, Chilwell, Colwill. Now Jackson and Gusto will be missing too. Word is that Caicedo will probably slot in at RB but god knows what bastardised Frankenstein's monster of a starting XI we are going to see here. If you line the squad up like something out of The Usual Suspects I doubt if I would be able to identify more than half the players. I want my Chelsea back.

I thought Disasi was excellent at RB for the last 30 minutes on Sunday. Caused a lot more problems than Gusto.  

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You would expect Mudryk, Broja and Sterling to start,  Palmer perhaps as the attacking M/F with Caicedo and Enzo behind him.

Defence will just wait and see given the other injuries and suspensions.

Now we have scored and won it will be interesting to see how that impacts the teams belief.

 

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4 hours ago, My Blood Is Blue said:

I would like to see:

Sanchez

Disasi - Silva - Colwill - Maatsen

Enzo - Caicedo

Sterling - Palmer - Mudryk

Broja

 

I think we will see:

Sanchez

Cucurella - Disasi - Silva - Colwill

Gallagher - Caicedo

Sterling - Enzo - Mudryk

Broja

I have a feeling he will play Sterling as the 9

Sanchez

Disasi - Silva - Colwill - Cucu

Enzo - Caicedo

Gallagher - Palmer - Mudryk

Sterling

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2 hours ago, paulw66 said:

I have a feeling he will play Sterling as the 9

Sanchez

Disasi - Silva - Colwill - Cucu

Enzo - Caicedo

Gallagher - Palmer - Mudryk

Sterling

Almost certainly this.

When asked if Broja was fit enough to start against Brighton a few days ago, Pochettino defiantly said no - 15-20 minutes max. 

I don’t work with professional athletes but I just can’t see how a 5 minute cameo and 6 days later you are then ready.  I suspect they are looking to slowly build up his minutes. 

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I'm expecting Poch to play;

 

                                   Sanchez

      Disasi - Silva - Colwill - Cucurella

                     Gallagher - Caicedo

                                      Enzo

              Palmer - Sterling - Mudryk

 

I would play;                     

                               Sanchez

      Disasi - Silva - Colwill - Maatsen

                             Ugochukwu

                         Caicedo - Enzo

              Palmer - Sterling - Mudryk

 

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11 hours ago, Sleeping Dave said:

I'm expecting Poch to play;

 

                                   Sanchez

      Disasi - Silva - Colwill - Cucurella

                     Gallagher - Caicedo

                                      Enzo

              Palmer - Sterling - Mudryk

 

I would play;                     

                               Sanchez

      Disasi - Silva - Colwill - Maatsen

                             Ugochukwu

                         Caicedo - Enzo

              Palmer - Sterling - Mudryk

 

This part definitely needs to happen, I thought that was the point of having both of them:

                        Caicedo - Enzo

 

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Some good news RE Chukwuemeka

 

Carney Chukwuemeka – returned to full team training.

Benoit Badiashile – in partial team training.

Ben Chilwell – undergoing assessment following Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Marcus Bettinelli - continuing to undergo his rehabilitation programme.

Trevoh Chalobah - continuing to undergo his rehabilitation programme.

Wesley Fofana - continuing to undergo his rehabilitation programme.

Reece James - continuing to undergo his rehabilitation programme.

Christopher Nkunku - continuing to undergo his rehabilitation programme.

Romeo Lavia – continuing to undergo his rehabilitation programme.

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@Bones He is right about not taking chances. I would argue that this is in part due to the lack of experience of the players. I am more concerned with ensuring that we deal with problems at the back, which, despite our good record, is a bit iffy. We are about to enter a period when we will see teams pressing high. We do not currently deal with it very well.

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So we have available:

GK: Sanchez, Petrovic, Bergström

DF: Silva, Disasi, Cucurella, Maatsen, Colwill

CM: Gallagher, Fernandez, Caicedo, Ugochukwa

AM: Sterling, Mudryk, Madueke (bench), Palmer, Chukwuemeka (bench)

ST: Broja (bench)

12 senior outfield players fit to start, plus another three on the bench. We can look forward to another week of 2 GKs on the bench, plus at least a couple of development squad players missing their match against Tottenham to sit on the first team bench.

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2 minutes ago, chiswickblue said:

So we have available:

GK: Sanchez, Petrovic, Bergström

DF: Silva, Disasi, Cucurella, Maatsen, Colwill

CM: Gallagher, Fernandez, Caicedo, Ugochukwa

AM: Sterling, Mudryk, Madueke (bench), Palmer, Chukwuemeka (bench)

ST: Broja (bench)

12 senior outfield players fit to start, plus another three on the bench. We can look forward to another week of 2 GKs on the bench, plus at least a couple of development squad players missing their match against Tottenham to sit on the first team bench.

when you spell it out like that, Jesus..........2 senior outfielders on the bench, plus 3 half fit. 

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7 minutes ago, chiswickblue said:

So we have available:

GK: Sanchez, Petrovic, Bergström

DF: Silva, Disasi, Cucurella, Maatsen, Colwill

CM: Gallagher, Fernandez, Caicedo, Ugochukwa

AM: Sterling, Mudryk, Madueke (bench), Palmer, Chukwuemeka (bench)

ST: Broja (bench)

12 senior outfield players fit to start, plus another three on the bench. We can look forward to another week of 2 GKs on the bench, plus at least a couple of development squad players missing their match against Tottenham to sit on the first team bench.

And two of them are left backs!

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