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A quick glance at the performances of these two on Saturday would suggest that Fulham could be set for only their second victory against Chelsea in 32 league and cup meetings spanning 32 years. The Cottagers looked very impressive at Bolton in their joint best ever Premier League away victory, while Chelsea were labouring to their win against Wigan courtesy of two poor calls from the assistant referee. The Blues are into the semi-finals of the Champions League, but unless they win the tournament realise they need to finish in the top four to get back into Europe's most prestigious club competition. Fulham, though, are themselves pushing at the right end of the table and victory for them on Monday night could see them move seventh.
• Dempsey's total of 15 goals this season is already the highest ever recorded by a Fulham player in a single Premier League season.
• Six of Chelsea's last 12 league goals have come from defenders.
Fulham miss Bryan Ruiz with a suspected broken foot, but Pavel Pogrebnyak and Danny Murphy could return from injury and illness respectively.
With two fixtures in quick succession and injuries mounting, Roberto Di Matteo will look to rotate again but may have his options limited by injuries and illness. John Terry and Ashley Cole could make returns from the injuries that saw them miss the win over Wigan, as could Frank Lampard in midfield. Ramires is also a slight concern having missed Saturday's win through illness but he will be expected to return here.
Possible starting XIs:
M Schwarzer • S Kelly, A Hughes, B Hangeland, JA Riise • D Duff, M Dembélé, D Murphy, F Frei • C Dempsey • P Pogrebnyak
P Cech • B Ivanovic, D Luiz, J Terry, A Cole • J Obi Mikel, F Lampard • Ramires, J Mata, S Kalou • F Torres