FT: Fulham 0 Chelsea 3

Full Time. That's it. Chelsea complete a comfortable 3-0 win at Fulham. David Luiz with a great strike before a John Terry brace. Thanks for joining me. The report will be up shortly.

90+2
Moses pushing for a fourth but scoops the cross over the bar.

90
We are into added time.

87
Moses spins away from Hangeland but gets too much on the cross.

86
Long spell of possession ends with Cech claiming a cross from the right.

85
Fulham in possession but with little urgency to do much with it.

82
Frei on for Petric.

81
Ba on for Mata.

80
Seems unlikely this game will finish with a bang even though Fulham have plenty of forwards on the field now. Rodallega wins a corner.

77
Frimpong on for Karagounis.

76
Mikel on for Ramires.

73
Ruiz with a free-kick but there is too much loft on it and Cech claims well.

Corner comes in from the right and Torres gets a great near-post header in. Riether looks set to clear off the line at the far post but there is Terry bursting in to head home. Game over.

72
Goal! John Terry again!

71
Hangeland loses possession and Mata lays the ball square to Moses. The Chelsea man looks for the corner but Schwarzer saves.

70
Chance! Karagounis with a corner and Senderos heads the ball towards the far post. It looks to be going in but Petric scoops the ball over the bar from an offside position. It's not been his night.

69
Karagounis sees a shot deflected for a corner.

69
Oscar on for Hazard.

67
Emanuelson wastes a corner. Doesn't look like there will be a comeback here.

67
Rodallega on for Riise.

65
Three shots in one move. Lampard sees a shot blocked, then Torres has a go, before Lampard mishits a left-footed effort.

64
Lovely build-up by Fulham as Petric plays a one-two with Berbatov but he then seems to lack confidence with the shot and skews it well wide of the far post.

62
Chance! Hangeland spreads the play to Riether who has got in behind down the right and he puts the ball in to find Petric at the near post but the striker gets it all wrong.

61
Mata with an ambitious ball to find Moses but Schwarzer is off his line to claim.

59
Lampard does well to find Torres on the edge of the box. The Spaniard looks to find his team-mates with a cross but it is just ahead of them and out for a goal-kick.

56
They are back on the field. And now there is a good spin by Torres and Hangeland with the foul. Lucky not to be booked.

53
Hazard and Emanuelson down after a clash of heads.

53
The corner comes to nothing as Chelsea clear.

52
Karagounis and Riise combine to get the ball to Petric and a wonderful turn opens things up. There is nobody to reach his cross but Riether wins a corner.

51
Fulham enjoying possession but you are almost expecting Chelsea to pick them off on the break.

50
Ruiz with an inventive ball towards Berbatov and behind the Chelsea defence but the Bulgarian cannot quite reach it.

Guy: "If it stays like this and results go our way on Sunday it could be looking very good for next season's Champions League qualification. The Spurs fixture could be massive!"

49
Luiz tries to find Torres and then the ball ricochets off Hazard for a goal-kick.

47
Senderos booked for a cynical foul on Moses.

47
Torres robs Berbatov and sparks a Chelsea break.

James: "Now I hope Frank can score and bring him closer to that record!"

46
Fulham kick-off and we are underway in the second half.

Peter: "Petric has been crying out for a chance like this - surely he'll pull something out of the bag?!"

Dan: "Chelsea have got it in the bag now, here we come Champions League!"

Alan: "Great strikes, looking good tonight, need this as Liverpool Swansea, Man Utd and Spurs are our next games."

Half Time. Leisurely-paced game but David Luiz has provided a moment of real quality. John Terry doubled the lead with a powerful header and Chelsea look on course for an impressive win here.

45
Ruiz booked for simulation inside the area. Looked a little harsh as he appeared to be trying to stay on his feet as he stumbled towards the ball with Terry beaten. The referee was unimpressed.

Mata swings in a looping cross from the right to the far post. Schwarzer might have come off his line, Senderos might have won the header... Instead Terry has pulled onto the right-sided centre-back and heads past the goalkeeper at his near post.

43
Goal! John Terry doubles the lead!

42
Chance! Lampard with a swerving free-kick that Schwarzer makes a real mess of.

41
Chance! Ruiz and Emanuelson create space for Berbatov and he strikes a shot with the outside of his right foot that flies just wide of the post.

40
Dangerous cross from Bertrand but it is too close to Schwarzer and the keeper catches well.

Jake: "Great to see David Luiz scoring a goal like that, hopefully it might lift the rest of the players and we can go and get a few more, and see the game out!"

39
Fulham in possession but Chelsea have a good shape and there is no way through.

37
The corner comes to nothing and Chelsea can break. Luiz comes up with a fantastic pass to get Torres away but he blasts the ball into the crowd.

36
Chance! Emanuelson cuts across goal from the left. He is on his weaker foot and the shot gets a deflection. It is heading for the bottom corner but Cech does well to get down to push it wide.

35
Enoh does well to win possession but Karagounis attempts an ambitious ball to find Riether and puts the ball out of play.

Larry: "Landed just in time to get the goal update from David luiz! What a star!!! (Larry still on the orange plane!!)."

33
Berbatov almost latches onto a clever through-ball from Emanuelson but he is stretching and Cech claims.

Hazard squares the ball to Luiz forcing the defender to step out from the back. He doesn't need much persuading. Fulham have everyone back and there looks no danger. But he blasts the ball goalwards and Schwarzer is beaten by the swerve and pace. A stunning strike.

30
Goal! Brilliant strike by David Luiz!

29
Chance! Riise finds space inside the are on the left edge of the box after Moses 'cheats' by staying on the halfway line as the left-back advances. But the Norwegian tries to measure the shot rather than unleashing a trademark thunderbolt and Cech saves.

28
Berbatov with an ambitious through-ball towards Riether who has made a great run but Cech is off his line to claim.

27
Lampard and Ramires combine to get Moses away down the right but Hangeland reads it well and cuts out the near-post pass to Mata.

26
Senderos gives the ball away in a dangerous position but Chelsea surrender possession immediately. Sums this up so far. A little bit sloppy.

24
Chance! Karagounis blasts in the shot cutting in from the left but he fizzes it just over the bar.

24
Karagounis swings the cross in but Cech punches away.

23
Berbatov's shot is deflected for a corner.

23
Ivanovic crosses for Torres but there is too much loop on the ball and Schwarzer claims.

21
Torres with a foul on Karagounis after miscontrolling a pass from Luiz.

20
Doesn't seem to be much urgency about Chelsea so far but we are still in the early stages.

19
Karagounis whips in the cross-shot dangerously and with real pace but Cech handles well.

18
Ivanovic booked for a foul on Petric. He got the ball near the corner flag but went in two-footed.

17
Mata with the corner. Terry heads over under pressure.

17
Ivanovic with the cross from near the byline but Hangeland clears at the near post. Corner.

16
Lovely bit of skill from Berbatov but it is from deep. Fulham need him further forward.

15
Ramires looks to have robbed Enoh but he has fouled the midfielder.

14
The Chelsea right-back is fine and we are up and running again. Slow pace to the game so far.

13
Ivanovic down injured and Fulham reluctantly put the ball out of play.

12
Torres and then Hazard each give the ball away sloppily and allow Fulham to break.

10
Chelsea seeing more of the ball now with Mata finding nice little incisive passes around the edge of the Fulham area.

9
Chance! Torres with a clever back-header into the danger area and Lampard hooks the ball towards goal from close range but Schwarzer claims at the second attempt.

8
Quite a patient approach from both sides at the moment.

7
Luiz loses possession and Ruiz breaks but Ramires tracks back well to tackle.

6
Enoh fouls Torres. Chance for Chelsea to build an attack.

5
Aerial challenge with Lampard that caused it. Karagounis is fine and is back up now.

5
Delay as Karagounis is down injured.

4
Chelsea with their first spell of possession now.

3
Chance! Riether with a brilliant cross from the right but Ruiz only sticks out a tentative leg just six yards out and the ball balloons over the bar.

2
Back with Schwarzer now. Fulham retaining the ball through Karagounis.

1
It's Fulham with the early possession. Ruiz and Berbatov on the ball but Riether sees his cross cut out.

1
Chelsea kick-off and we are underway.

Walid: "Probably looking at a solid 2-0 win today for Chelsea, but don't rule out Fulham who have some match winners in there squad!"

Minutes away from kick-off at Craven Cottage. The players are out the tunnel and making their way onto the field. Thanks for your feedback. I'll publish what I can during the game so let me know how you think it is shaping up.

Fulham without several key players in midfield but they've gone quite attacking. Looks like this could be quite open. For Chelsea, there are obviously changes from the FA Cup semi-final team that lost to Man City at Wembley. Terry, Lampard and Torres all come back so there's a very different spine to this side tonight.

Simon: "Hi Adam,proper banana skin for Chelsea tonight. We have a rubbish record at Fulham. Can see us getting turned over, hope not but got to be realistic, the amount of games we are playing is catching up on us now. Real dogfight till the end!! Fancy the Masked Crusader Torres to score again though, 20+ goals for an out-of-form striker Is not a bad return."

Alan: "Win is so important tonight and this isn't our luckiest ground, three wins since 2006 and Fulham seem to raise their game against us,Torres to be lucky tonight!"

History says he will need to find form early though. Ten of Berbatov's 13 Premier League goals for Fulham have come before half-time.

Dimitar Berbatov is in form. He has scored four goals in his last three appearances for Fulham in the Premier League at Craven Cottage.

Ali: "I expect a big score for Chelsea. I expect Torres to score considering his recent form and Mata to assist most of Chelsea's goals."

Guy: "Chelsea need a win tonight to start breaking away from the chasing pack in regards to qualifying for next seasons Champions League."

Larry: "Thanks to being on a bright orange plane travelling from Gatwick to Glasgow I will miss a lot of the game but COME ON CHELSEA!! Give me some good news on landing!!!!"

CM Rayhan says: "Massive games coming up. Doesn't matter how we do it but need to pick up three points and leave the FA Cup disappointment behind."

Martin Jol will not be too confident either. He has only won one of his eight Premier League games as a coach against Chelsea (W1 D3 L4) and has never been triumphant against Rafa Benitez in seven head to head league games (W0 D4 L3).

Not that the Cottagers are used to doing well against their local rivals. They have won just one of their 23 Premier League meetings with the Blues (W1 D10 L12) and none of the last 13 (W0 D7 L6).

In contrast, Fulham have won three of their last four Premier League home games, losing the other to Manchester United (0-1).

Chelsea might well take a point. They have won none of their last four Premier League away games and lost the last three in a row.

The smart money might be on the draw. The last four London derbies between Fulham and Chelsea have ended as draws, with only four goals being scored in total overall.

Julian: "That's a much better team selection tonight by Rafa (the one we should have had at the weekend!). It's a team than can hopefully get the win we need to keep on course for a CL place. Beware our neighbours and Berbatov in particular though. It will be tough but if we want it enough we can do it. Come on Chelsea!"

Chris: "Good evening Adam. It is vital that Chelsea get a win here this evening because if they don't, their chances of getting into the top four will decrease. Coming to Craven Cottage can be difficult for any team If Fulham perform good on the day, but I don't think Chelsea will have any problem here if their top players perform good. My prediction: Fulham 1-3 Chelsea."

Willie: "I really hope Chelsea win tonight as the Arsenal draw last night was a fantastic result for us. It's going to be a really tough test though with Fulham playing well lately. I think it will be a draw, 1-1 with Lampard on the score-sheet. I hope I'm wrong though as a win would be vital in the race for fourth!"

Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise; Ruiz, Enoh, Karagounis, Emanuelson; Berbatov, Petric. Subs: Etheridge, Richardson, Hughes, Manolev, Frimpong, Frei, Rodallega.

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Bertrand; Ramires, Lampard; Moses, Mata, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Oscar, Mikel, Azpilicueta, Benayoun, Ake, Ba.

Any thoughts or predictions? Let me know by email at adam.bate@bskyb.com or on Twitter @GhostGoal.

Our friends at Sky Bet make Chelsea 8/11 favourites for this one with Fulham as the 18/5 outsiders. The draw is available at 14/5.

Three points at Fulham would lift them into third spot above the Gunners but defeat would mean staying level on points with fifth-placed Spurs.

The Blues are battling with Arsenal and Tottenham to join the Manchester clubs in the Champions League qualification positions.

Fulham are safely in mid-table but would love nothing more than putting a dent in Chelsea's hopes of a top-four finish this season.

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Saturday, 30 August 2014
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Sunday, 31 August 2014
13:30
A Villa v Hull City
Tottenham v Liverpool
16:00
Leicester v Arsenal
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12:45
Arsenal v Man City  
15:00
Chelsea v Swansea  
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17:30
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Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Swansea 3 5 9
2 Tottenham 2 5 6
3 Chelsea 2 4 6
4 Man City 3 3 6
5 Arsenal 2 1 4
6 Southampton 3 1 4
7 Hull City 2 1 4
8 A Villa 2 1 4
9 Stoke 3 0 4
10 West Ham 3 -1 3
11 Liverpool 2 -1 3
12 QPR 3 -4 3
13 Everton 2 0 2
14 Sunderland 3 -1 2
15 Man Utd 3 -1 2
16 Newcastle 3 -2 2
17 West Brom 3 -3 2
18 Leicester 2 -2 1
19 C Palace 3 -3 1
20 Burnley 3 -3 1

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