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Fulham vs Chelsea: Scott Parker's Best Available Cottagers Line Up

Fulham welcome Chelsea in the Sunday afternoon kick off as Scott Parker prepares for his first game in charge of the Cottagers. 


After losing to fellow relegation strugglers Southampton last time out, Claudio Ranieri payed the price by becoming the second Fulham boss dismissed this season. 


Parker, who worked under both Ranieri and Slavisa Jokanovic this season, is hoping to get better out of the team for what remains of the campaign. With Fulham now 10 points from safety they look certain to go down but a big win against a top six side could give the Cottagers a glimmer of hope. 


Chelsea have lost four out of four domestic away games in 2019 and Parker will be hoping to pile more misery on that record. If the new boss wants to make an impact on this squad he's likely to ring in some key changes for this line up. 

1. Goalkeepers & Defenders

Sergio Rico (GK) - Goals have been a big problem for Fulham conceding a league high 63 this season. They have a talented shot stopper between the sticks in Rico though, the Spaniard just needs a little more help from his defence.


Cyrus Christie (RWB) - There will be many players feeling they can break into Parker's starting line-up, but one man who could retain his place is Christie. Calm, composed and good in defence as well as going forward, he should keep his place.


Havard Nordtveit (RCB) - The Norwegian is yet to make a real impact on the side since arriving in January. He made his second appearance against Southampton midweek, albeit in a slightly unfavoured position.


Tim Ream (CB) - Ream's place in the team is questionable, but Parker may keep faith with a player that helped the side gain promotion last year.


Denis Odoi (LCB) - Fulham may be unable to keep clean sheets, but it's likely that Parker will stick with Odoi at full-back - for now at least.


Joe Bryan (LWB) - It's been a difficult debut season for Bryan since his arrival from Bristol City, but he has kept Ryan Sessegnon out of the team. 50/50 call for Parker here.

2. Midfielders

Calum Chambers (CDM) - A loanee, Arsenal's Chambers has been reinvented as a defensive midfielder at Fulham this season. He's looked out of place at times but good in patches - may be allowed to continue honing his craft in the role.


Jean Michael Seri (CM) - One of Fulham's best performers this season, he's been quietly ticking away in midfield. Rarely effecting the scoreline but a stable, composed midfield built around players like Seri will be a significant asset in the relegation scrap.


Tom Cairney (CM) - Another fan favourite who was snubbed under Ranieri, Cairney has been quick to praise the appointment of new boss Parker. The 28-year-old is often the lynchpin to Fulham's attack and will have an important role to play in the remainder of the season. 

3. Forward

Ryan Babel (CF) - One of the success stories of the January transfer window, and indeed the season. Fulham have splashed money left, right and centre but in Babel, they look to have found a player keen to re-invent himself in the Premier League.


Aleksandar Mitrovic (ST) - Has been the standout performer of the season, notching ten goals for Fulham despite their struggles this season. Will give it his all while leading the line and is guaranteed to fight for every ball up front.