Fulham vs. Chelsea: Preview and TV schedule

Michael Regan

Chelsea will attempt to remain at the top of the table with a win over last placed Fulham at Craven Cottage.

It's a battle of first place versus last place in this latest West London derby between league leaders Chelsea and struggling Fulham.

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea squad is unbeaten in league play in 2014 but a couple of poor draws have kept them from creating a more comfortable gap between themselves and Arsenal in second. After a 1-1 draw against Galatasaray in the Champions League, Mourinho will have to decide who, if anyone, he'll rest. Both central defenders Gary Cahill and John Terry have been carrying injuries, but it's doubtful he'll sit both.

Fulham head coach Felix Magath -- the club's third of the season -- earned a point in his debut match last week against West Ham but this will be his first home match with the club. The Cottagers are slowly running out of time in their race against relegation and points are at a premium. Darren Bent returns from Fulham after missing last week's match for personal reasons.

Fulham injuries and suspensions

Out: None

Chelsea injuries and suspensions

Out: David Luiz (muscle). In Doubt: John Terry (knock), Gary Cahill (knock).

David Luiz remains sidelined with a muscle injury and Mourinho is expected to rest either Terry or Cahill, both of whom are playing with minor injuries.

Projected lineups

Fulham: Maarten Stekelenburg, Sascha Riether, John Heitinga, Brede Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Scott Parker, Steve Sidwell, Ashkan Dejagah, Lewis Holtby, Kieran Richardson, Hugo Rodallega

Chelsea: Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanoić, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Cesar Azpilcueta, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Willian, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Samuel Eto'o

Match Date/Time:4 p.m. local, 10 a.m. ET

Venue: Craven Cottage, London, England

TV: NBC Sports Network (U.S.), Sportsnet (Canada)

Online: NBC Live Extra (U.S.)

More from SBNation.com

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.