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Fulham v Chelsea: Low-score stalemate the call in London derby

| 17.04.2013

Fulham welcome Chelsea to Craven Cottage in possession of an impressive recent record opposing their more illustrious London neighbours.

And considering that, backing Martin Jol’s men to gain a sixth consecutive draw against the Blues seems a tempting proposition at 12/5.

The Cottagers have drawn almost a third of their 32 league games this term, with 17 total stalemates emanating from matches involving this pair this season.

With 10 of those draws finishing with two or less goals featuring in the match too, total result markets certainly appear attention-worthy.

It is 10/3 that nothing separates the sides in a game involving less than 2.5 strikes, and such a bet would have brought returns in each of the past five meetings between these two.

Three of those five games finished goalless meanwhile, so some could be tempted by the 9/1 odds regarding a 0-0 draw, whilst the 1-1 scoreline, occurring in both Premier League encounters between the pair last term, is a 13/2 shot.

Also, punters could be interested to learn that during four of the past five meetings of these two, the sides have gone into the break on level terms.

5/1 is available regarding a repetition of those circumstances, whilst it is 21/10 that less than 0.5 first-half strikes are registered.

Meanwhile, there are some punters who will fancy the 5/6 away side in light of their efforts to consolidate their bid for a top-four finish.

Whilst Chelsea haven’t won any of their past five clashes with the Cottagers, they did triumph in the four meetings previous to those, and haven’t lost to Fulham since 2006.

That should be enough to deter punters from the 10/3 hosts, and player markets could be the most sensible to focus on when investing in the home side.

Dimitar Berbatov has five goals in his past six games, and with four of those strikes the deadlock-breakers, 6/1 looks a very fair price that the Bulgarian opens the scoring again here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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John Klee