Fulham’s Under-21s open the second phase of their Barclays Premier Under-21 League campaign on Thursday night by making the short trip to face SW6 rivals Chelsea at Cobham (7.05pm).
Having missed out on qualification to the Elite Group, Kit Symons’ side will also face Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Everton and Aston Villa.
The Blues were, of course, part of the same qualifying group as Fulham, as were Middlesbrough, meaning the two teams face for a third time on Thursday evening.
Having defeated Chelsea 3-1 at Craven Cottage in early October, the Whites slipped to a 3-0 loss at Cobham in November. With the bragging rights shared, both teams will be looking to get their noses in front.
Fulham warmed up with a 5-2 thumping of Crystal Palace last Friday, with Lasse Vigen Christensen (2), Tom Donegan, Ryan Williams and Richard Peniket scoring the goals.