There is a west London derby to look forward to on Wednesday night as Fulham entertain Chelsea in the Premier League at Craven Cottage and as ever when these two meet, it should be a cracking 90 minutes of action.
The Cottagers are looking to finish in the top half this season, but other than that, they only really have pride to play for, whereas Chelsea are expecting to land a place in the top four and bring Champions League football to Stamford Bridge once again.
When these two met earlier in the campaign, the game ended 0-0 at the Bridge and in fact, the last five meetings across all competition have ended in a stalemate, so either Fulham raise their game for this one or Chelsea’s performances drop somewhat.
Craven Cottage isn’t exactly known for its electric atmosphere, but Wednesday evening should be an exception as fans are always desperate to see the side beat their closest rivals.
You have to go back to 2006 to find the last time that the Cottagers beat the Blues though and in the 47 times these two have played each other, Fulham have only been on the winning side on three occasions.
With the away team coming here on the back of a demanding couple of weeks though, Martin Jol is sure to be confident his men can take something from this one, especially if his star man Dimitar Berbatov gets himself on the ball.
The European Champions (yes, they are still that) know that a win here will see them in third position come the final whistle and three points is all that Rafael Benitez is going to expect from his team on Wednesday.
The Spaniard has to continue to rotate his squad and we are likely to see a different side from the one that plays in the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
Chelsea are going to bring a lot of fans to the Cottage and as long as they get a good start and silence the home supporters in the early stages, then the Blues’ faithful are going to be in full voice and should be watching their team win this one.
They will be aware of the threat from someone like Berbatov, but if the away side’s big-name players step up to the plate, the Bulgarian shouldn’t get a sniff in this one.
It should be an interesting encounter and even though Chelsea have had to play a lot of matches in April, they should be winning this one. It all gets underway from 7.45pm.