Jose Mourinho finds himself in the unexpected position of attempting to turn around Chelsea’s alarming early dip when Fulham make the short trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Successive defeats by Everton and Basel have prompted some soul-searching at Chelsea with Mourinho saying his squad’s lack of experience has been exposed.
Having started the campaign positively with the hard-earned point at Manchester United following on from victories over Hull and Aston Villa, Chelsea have since lost the European Super Cup on penalties to Bayern Munich before the latest painful defeats.
Without a win in four games and with goals proving hard to come by, the meeting with neighbours Fulham has taken on more significance, particularly given the Cottagers’ record of have drawn on their last three visits to Stamford Bridge.
Wary of title talk
Liverpool: Liverpool will remain top of the Premier League with a win over Southampton at the weekend but manager Brendan Rodgers feels it is still far too soon to discuss a potential title challenge. They have 10 points from their first four matches. Rodgers feels it will only be possible to judge his team’s prospects once they’ve played their 10th game.