Our Under-21s face Chelsea at Motspur Park on Friday night (7.05pm) in what promises to be an exciting SW6 derby.
Kit Symons’ side continue to set the pace in the Barclays U21 Premier League following their 1-0 defeat of West Ham United last time out. The victory stretched the Whites’ unbeaten run to 12 league fixtures.
Opponents Chelsea are also enjoying a fine run of form, with the Blues undefeated in their last seven matches. Like Fulham, their only recent loss came against Arsenal in the U21 Premier League Cup.
To date, Dermot Drummy’s side have lost just twice in the league, slipping to a 4-2 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur in their opening game and then to a 3-2 loss at Everton in mid-September. Taking 22 points from their 12 games, the Blues sit in fourth place and six points behind the Whites.
Last season Fulham and Chelsea met on four occasions at Under-21 level, with both winning two games each. The Whites claimed 3-1 and 1-0 victories at home.
As a result of the U21s’ impressive campaign to date, a number of Symons’ charges have been rewarded with First Team football this term, with Chris David, Moussa Dembélé, Buomesca Tué Na Bangna, Josh Passley, Ange-Freddy Plumain, Muamer Tanković and Lasse Vigen Christensen (pictured) all involved at various points.
Chelsea, too, boast a talented group, particularly in the form of England youth internationals Lewis Baker, Isaiah Brown, Fankaty Dabo, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and John Swift. Frenchman Jeremie Boga and Scotland Under-21 international Islam Feruz are also key players for the Blues.