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It’s suddenly become an even more important game for Fulham. This lunchtime, West Bromwich Albion closed the gap from behind with a 3-2 win at Wolves. And now, Brighton have won 1-0 at Leeds thanks to Neal Maupay’s fine first-half goal. That’s a first win in ten for the Seagulls, who leapfrog Burnley – 1-0 losers at West Ham – into 16th spot. It all means Fulham are now now four points from safety: they’ve got 12 compared to Burnley’s 16. It’s getting interesting at the bottom.
Just the one change for Fulham from the draw at Spurs, and it’s a swap that’s out of Scott Parker’s hands. The on-loan Ruben Loftus-Cheek is ineligible against his parent club, so he’s replaced by Ademola Lookman. Aleksandar Mitrovic hasn’t recovered from injury, and isn’t even on the bench.
Chelsea make seven changes from the team that saw off Morecambe in the FA Cup, but never mind that. More significantly, it’s just three changes to the team named for their last Premier League match against Manchester City. Olivier Giroud, Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho take the places of Kurt Zouma, N’Golo Kante and Timo Werner.