Fulham Under-21s take on rivals Chelsea at Craven Cottage on Friday evening in the hope of securing the SW6 bragging rights.
Kit Symons’ side slipped to a 3-0 defeat at Liverpool on Monday, so naturally, they will be looking to bounce back in what is always a competitive encounter for young hopefuls. Going out with the same commitment as their more senior peers, Friday’s clash should be no different.
Chelsea visit the Cottage having taken five points so far following one win and two draws from their five fixtures. Last Friday, the Blues slipped to a 3-1 home defeat against Middlesbrough.
Their Under-19s were in action against CSKA Moscow in the NextGen Series this week, so manager Dermot Drummy is expected to make changes ahead of this Barclays Under-21 Premier League match.
Symons’ charges have looked impressive in training this week, and three points on Friday night will certainly give their season a boost.
“We’re looking forward to the game, the matches against Chelsea are always that bit more special because it’s a derby fixture,” Symons told fulhamfc.com. “We could have a few First Team players involved; ones that the Manager believes need a bit of a run out.
“So it will be a bit of a mix in terms of personnel, but that’s what development football is all about. Obviously only three outfield players over the age of 21 are allowed to play, so it’s still very much our younger boys.
“As we know, Chelsea are a good side, and they may well have a mix of players as well. Their various teams all tend to play the same way, so they will get the ball down and play bright, forward-thinking football.
“I’ve watched them a bit this season, and they look good. They have some very good players and ones that on their day, could ask a lot of questions. But at the same time, we have players that can cause them problems too, so it should be an entertaining game.
“We lost against Liverpool on Monday, and as I've said before, there's always a chance to put things right and after what was a largely disappointing performance, we have that opportunity on Friday.
“We’ve gone through what went wrong, and we’ve had a positive week out on the training field in terms of moving forward from that. I’m pleased with what I've seen and hopefully we can go out and get the result we need.”
Fulham Under-21s v Chelsea Under-21s takes place at Craven Cottage, kick-off 7pm.
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