Fulham v Chelsea Preview: Torres Looking for Lift Off

Torres looking for first Chelsea goal

Torres looking for first Chelsea goal

Chelsea travel to Loftus Road tonight to take on West London Rivals Fulham.

Fulham have enjoyed a revival under manger Mark Hughes, and with just one defeat in their last six games, they have climbed away from the relegation zone to occupy 12th position.

Chelsea on the other hand go into the game with mixed emotions, having seen their title chances all but end following their defeat to Liverpool last week at Stamford Bridge.

Manager Ancelotti will be hoping that new £50 million striker Fernando Torres can get off the mark tonight, and inject some positivity into his side, as they now look to cement a Champions League spot for next season.

Chelsea have not found goals hard to come by in recent weeks, having scored eight in their last two away games.

However, the Premiership Champions have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine away games, with Ancelotti hoping the presence of David Luiz tonight will help tighten up the defence.

Eidur Gudjohnsen is set to make his first Fulham start against his former club.

Philippe Senderos and Dickson Etuhu are both expected to miss out again for the Cottagers, while Bobby Zamora is also a few weeks away from making his comeback to the side.

David Luiz is set to make his first start for Chelsea tonight in the heart of defence, beginning his new partnership with John Terry.

Ancelotti is expected to start with three in attack again, with Torres, Drogba, and Anelka, being given another chance to produce a potentially lethal strike force.

Kick-off at Loftus Road is at 20:00.

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