Chelsea vs Fulham LIVE! Friendly match stream, latest score and goal updates today
Chelsea vs Fulham LIVE!
The Premier League Summer Series tonight concludes in the United States with an intriguing London derby. A win tonight for the Blues could see them claim the pre-season friendly tournament Stateside in a welcome boost with less than two weeks until the new campaign kicks off.
Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with how his squad have performed over the pond, especially new forwards Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson, as he enjoys an unbeaten start to life as manager. Fulham, meanwhile, are yet to win in America having lost to both Brentford and Aston Villa, while also navigating speculation over the futures of manager Marco Silva – who is staying put – and star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic – who is back with the squad but unsure for how long.
Will Chelsea secure silverware before the real work starts in a fortnight, or can Fulham replicate their win over the Blues from just six months ago? Follow the game LIVE below with our dedicated match blog, featuring expert insight and analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at the FedEx Field in Maryland.
Chelsea vs Fulham updates
GOAL! Nkunku taps home a second
GOAL! Thiago Silva heads home the opener
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST, FedEx Field
Score prediction: Blues earn bragging rights
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59min: Chalobah is down receiving treatment. James, who is captain, is having a word with Pochettino.
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56min: Almost a third for Chelsea as Maatsen runs through on goal, but he has timed his run slightly early and is flagged offside.
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50min: Jackson really has got something, y’know. Full of confidence and almost scores within four minutes of coming on after skipping into the area from out wide but is shot is blocked.
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47min: And now Angelo Gabriel is on.
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46min: Another four subs as Casadei, Gallagher, Jackson and Maatsen come on.
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46min: …and we are back underway!
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Jimenez and Bassey are both coming on for Fulham.
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James, Cucurella, Chalobah and Colwill all coming on as Chelsea change their entire defence.
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The second half is coming up. Surely some changes in store.
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Chelsea have barely had to get out of second gear and find themselves 2-0 up, which is a worry for Fulham who have not created a chance of note.
Chilwell is enjoying himself on the left, getting an assist and denied a goal by a fine Leno save. Chukwuemeka is lively.
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47min: That’s your lot. A cruise for Chelsea.
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45min: One minute added on.
Nizaar Kinsella at FedEx Field
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“Can see why Marco Silva is calling for more talent at Fulham. They look quite short especially after Joao Palhinha’s injury.”
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44min: A pause in play as now Tete is down injured.
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42min: Chelsea have one hand on the cup.
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41min: There’s the second! Nkunku taps into an empty net after some lovely footwork from Chukwuemeka to steal the ball off Fulham and then carve open space for a shot, which was parried.
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38min: Enzo had to score!
A brilliant break sees Chelsea flood forward and work the ball inside to Nkunku, who opts to lay in Enzo rather than shoot but the effort is straight at Leno.
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35min: Another half chance as Willian’s corner meets De Fougerolles’s head, but he timed the jump poorly and gets underneath it.
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32min: First real opportunity for Fulham as Willian finds Wilson inside the area, but a poor first touch allows Chelsea to clear.
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30min: A thunderous effort from Chilwell is well saved by Leno, and Sterling’s follow-up is diverted behind for a corner.
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26min: Back under way with a Mexican wave. Chelsea still bossing possession.
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24min: A drinks break, which allows Pochettino to delivery some insight. He wants more short passes into midfield and Enzo to play more on the front foot.
Nizaar Kinsella at FedEx Field
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“Chelsea have been awful at set pieces for a while so promising to see Thiago Silva pop up and head in Ben Chilwell’s corner. They are on course to win the Premier League Summer Series.”
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20min: First real chance, first goal! Thiago Silva heads home the opener from Chilwell’s corner delivery.
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18min: Cairney has gone down again and will not be forced off. Decordova-Reid replaces him.
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15min: It’s not quite clicking for either team at the moment with quarter of an hour in. Not a lot of movement.
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11min: A pause in play as Cairney has gone down clutching his hamstring. That’s a bit of a worry.
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7min: A slow start to this game, with Fulham seemingly happy for Chelsea to pass the ball around defence and midfield.
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3min: Half a chance for Chelsea in the opening minutes as Chukwuemeka tries to feed Burstow into the area but the pass is slightly overhit.
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1min: Here we go!
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Kevin Durant does the traditional pre-match coin flop, and fumbles it – which is a tad surprising.
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Here come the teams! It’s almost time.
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So, whoever wins tonight will win the inaugural Premier League Summer Series. But, if it’s a draw, Aston Villa will claim the trophy on goal difference.
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It appears to be a very Chelsea-heavy crowd in Maryland. So much so, I’m yet to see a Fulham shirt on the TV coverage.
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The players are back in their dressing rooms ahead of kick-off. Not long now.
Durant is a Blue!
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Another new signing for Chelsea ahead of kick-off. They just cannot stop spending.
Nizaar Kinsella at the FedEx Field
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“There is still no Madueke for Chelsea today. Hopefully he makes the Dortmund game in three days’ time.”
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It’s pretty miserable weather back in London but not so in Maryland where it’s a balmy 28C.
Nizaar Kinsella checks in
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Here’s our man in Maryland.
Fulham go strong
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It’s a strong line-up from Fulham, who are captained by Tom Cairney.
Willian starts against his former club, with summer signings Raul Jimenez and Calvin Bassey on the bench.
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So, a few surprises from Mauricio Pochettino.
Gabriel Slonina gets the nod in goal, behind a defence including Malo Gusto and Bashir Humphreys.
Enzo Fernandes and Andrey Santos are paired in midfield for the first time, while Mason Burstow starts in attack alongside Raheem Sterling and Christopher Nkunku.
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And here’s Fulham.
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Here’s how the Blues look.
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Marco Silva has also given an update on his midfielder Joao Palhinha, who suffered a shoulder injury in the recent friendly against Brentford.
He said: “It will be difficult for him to be available for the first Premier League match.
“We have to see week by week how he is going. He is getting better every day. He is not working on the pitch. He is doing some gym and we will see if we can get him on the pitch next week.”
Silva dismisses Mitrovic concerns
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Marco Silva has vented his frustration at Fulham’s transfer activity but has no concerns over reintegrating Aleksandar Mitrovic after his return.
The 28-year-old is back training with Fulham in the United States after seeing two bids from Al-Hilal rejected.
Mitrovic wants a move to Saudi Arabia which would see him triple his wages but Al-Hilal are reluctant to pay over £50m.
Silva is happy to have Mitrovic back with the group and dismissed concerns about his mindset.
He told reporters: “Yes, Mitrovic is back. It is a process and it is not an easy situation. I am not here to talk about the negotiations and clubs that are linked with him. He is with the group since two days ago. Let’s hope we get him as fit as we can in the next few days.
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Pochettino: We need a smaller squad
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Mauricio Pochettino has spoken about the dynamics in his squad ahead of the end of their pre-season tour.
“At the moment the dynamic is very good, really good guys and they are sharing the time together,” he said. “What we cannot have is a massive squad, players not be involved and then it’s going to create a mess in the squad.
“It is difficult because sometimes in every game three, four, five players cannot play and that is difficult because the mood is difficult. It is about creating a squad with good balance and people who have the opportunity to play and can compete for their place.
“Maybe less is more and more is less, it is not mathematic. That is why I need to make clear we don’t need a big squad.”
Anyway, Chelsea are set to sign two more players.
Chelsea to sign Disasi
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As the current crop of players prepare for tonight’s game, Chelsea have been busy securing another new face.
Nizaar reports that a £38.6million deal to sign defender Axel Disasi has been agreed with AS Monaco.
The 25-year-old has been signed following a serious injury to Wesley Fofana, who has been sidelined for the foreseeable.
The Blues have acted decisively as both Manchester United and Arsenal were tracking the four-time France international.
Disasi will complete a medical and sign a long-term deal at Stamford Bridge in the coming days.
Read more here!
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While Chelsea struggled against their rivals last season, things look different now.
These are early days of course but Jackson appears to have made an instant impact and can continue his form tonight.
Chelsea to win 2-1.
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Fulham have welcome Aleksandr Mitrovic back into the squad, but he will not be involved tonight due to the ongoing transfer speculation.
The striker has reportedly said he would never play for Fulham again after they rejected multiple bids from Saudi Arabia for his services.
Joao Palhinha is missing with a shoulder injury, and will not return before the first game of the season.
Chelsea team news
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Noni Madueke could return for Chelsea today as he looks for his first minutes under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The 21-year-old could be included in a front line with Raheem Sterling, Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson.
Reece James played 65 minutes in Chelsea’s previous friendly in the Premier League Summer Series, a 1-1 draw against Newcastle in Atlanta but may not start tonight.
Malo Gusto, Thiago Silva, Levi Colwill and Ben Chilwell could all come into the backline in place of James, Trevoh Chalobah, Bashir Humphreys and Marc Cucurella.
Enzo Fernandez may be partnered with Andrey Santos for the first time, with Conor Gallagher also possibly recalled.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Fulham
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TV channel: The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HDR, with coverage starting at 7pm.
Live stream: Subscribers will be able to watch on the Sky Go website or app.
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Good evening and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Premier League Summer Series pre-season friendly between Chelsea and Fulham.
It’s the final match of the Stateside tournament, and the Blues are in contention for a welcome bit of pre-season silverware.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm UK time and we have Nizaar Kinsella in Maryland for us.
Stick with us.