WHAT ARE THE PUNDITS SAYING AHEAD OF SUNDAY’S WEST LONDON DERBY AGAINST FULHAM?

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Chelsea will be away at neighbours Fulham on Sunday afternoon, as the Cottagers host the Blues at Craven Cottage for a west London derby.

Chelsea are beginning to pick back form and turned a quarter in the race for top four by beating Tottenham 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

With Arsenal playing a 1-1 draw with Spurs on Saturday, Chelsea now need to beat Fulham who just recently let go of Claudio Ranieri. A win for Chelsea with a good scoreline will boost our top four chances.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is expecting Chelsea to win this game 4-0.

He said: “Chelsea. How many? How many do you want?

“Chelsea have turned a corner, raised the bar and set an example. I expect them to go here and win this comfortably. These two are chalk and cheese.

“It looked like Fulham downed tools the other night, they didn’t look interested, and looked like a relegated team. If they play like that against Chelsea, who are far better than Southampton, it’s going to be a comfortable result.”

BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is expecting a 2-0 win for Chelsea against the relegation threatened side.

Lawrenson told the BBC: “Replacing the sacked Ranieri now really is the last throw of the dice, but Fulham must feel that someone with different ideas and a different voice can make a difference.

“But, whoever the new permanent manager is, it is asking an awful lot for him to keep them up.

“After seeing Fulham in the Championship last year, I thought they would give the Premier League a real go, but after spending more than £100m in the summer they have not been good enough defensively. If you cannot defend in this division, then you have got absolutely no chance.

“I don’t think the change of manager will make much difference to the outcome on Sunday, simply because Chelsea are a better team.

“Fulham have been so bad of late, they seem to get into a mess whatever their game plan is. If they attack them, and you have to think they will try, it will just play into Chelsea’s hands.

“Chelsea’s win over Tottenham was a good way for Maurizio Sarri’s side to answer their critics but what people forget is that they actually played well against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final too. I am expecting more of the same from Sarri’s side.”

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