Fulham test for struggling Chelsea
LONDON, England (AP):
Struggling Chelsea play at Fulham today in the English Premier League and are looking for only their second win in the league this season.
Despite hiring a new manager in Mauricio Pochettino and signing a host of players in the off season, the 2021 Champions League winners continue to struggle on the field. Chelsea endured a miserable campaign last season as they missed out on the Champions League and finished in the bottom half of the table. Their only win in the league this season was against newly promoted Luton but they go into the game against Fulham having beaten Brighton midweek in the English League Cup.
Fulham have won two, drawn two and lost two so far in the league, and are in 12th spot while Chelsea are 15th, just two points above the relegation positions.
In Italy, Fiorentina will be confident of moving level on points with third-place Napoli, with a win over bottom club Cagliari in Serie A. Fiorentina have lost just one match, to league leaders Inter Milan, while Claudio Ranieri’s Cagliari are still looking for their first win back in Serie A and have just two points from six matches.
Sassuolo are two points behind Fiorentina and will be full of confidence after beating Juventus and Inter in their last two matches. They host Monza today. Torino host Hellas Verona with both teams looking to bounce back from defeats.
In Spain’s La Liga, Las Palmas host Celta Vigo with both teams hoping for their second victory in the league this season. Both teams have five points from seven games. Promoted Las Palmas’ only win so far came against Granada two rounds ago. Celta won four rounds back at last-place Almeria. Las Palmas are unbeaten in three games at home this season. Celta have won three in a row against Las Palmas in the league.
Yesterday’s La Liga results: Atlético Madrid 3 Cadiz 2; Real Betis 3 Valencia 0; Alaves 0 Osasuna 2; Almeria 3 Granada 3.