Chelsea F.C. out to pile pressure on neighbours Fulham

Feb 27 2014, 18:07 IST
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SummaryChelsea F.C. top the table with 60 points from 27 games...

Top meets bottom in the Premier League on Saturday when leaders Chelsea F.C. make the short trip across west London to Fulham looking to consolidate their title bid and increase the relegation worries of their neighbours.

With third-placed Manchester City playing Sunderland in the Capital One (League) Cup final at Wembley on Sunday, Chelsea F.C. can increase their advantage over Manuel Pellegrini's side to six points.

Chelsea F.C. top the table with 60 points from 27 games, one more than Arsenal F.C. (59), who are away at Stoke on Saturday, and three clear of City, who have 57 from 26 games. Liverpool F.C. are fourth on 56.

Jose Mourinho's side last lost to Fulham in 2006, the year they won their second successive league title, and they drew 1-1 at Galatasaray in the Champions league on Wednesday.

"We just want to try to keep our position and not give it up for free to our opponents," said the Portuguese, whose side went top three weeks ago.

"We have to fight, we have to play. Every victory keeps us there, every defeat or draw we lose our position."

Fulham, without a win in seven, will be hoping to give new German coach Felix Magath a victory in his second game in charge after drawing against West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

Second-placed Arsenal, who beat Sunderland 4-1 in their last outing, travel to Stoke having found wins hard to come by at the Britannia Stadium.

Arsene Wenger has not seen his side beat Stoke in their last three trips to the Potteries and the Frenchman will be without left back Kieran Gibbs who has a hamstring injury.

"We are still there in the table," Wenger said after the victory over Sunderland. "It is down to consistency and our performances."

Stoke, who have won once in their last six league matches, are three points above the relegation zone but will be boosted by the return of German defender Robert Huth.

LETHAL STURRIDGE

Liverpool F.C. continue to breathe down the necks of the top three and travel to the south coast to play Southampton on Saturday (1730), with in-form Daniel Sturridge bidding to find the net in his ninth consecutive Premier League match.

"He looks like he can score in every single game," manager Brendan Rodgers said of Sturridge after he scored twice against Swansea on Sunday.

"He's got that ability, he's got the quality and thankfully he plays for us here, and has still got a lot

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