Paul Merson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Fulham

The Arsenal legend is tipping Chelsea FC to ease to a comfortable victory over Fulham in Sunday's derby clash at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Merson is tipping Chelsea FC to ease to victory over Fulham in Sunday’s west London derby.

The Blues will welcome Claudio Ranieri and his Fulham side to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea FC look to make an immediate return to winning ways.

Maurizio Sarri tasted his first Premier League defeat as Chelsea FC manager following a 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley last weekend.

Chelsea FC managed to go unbeaten in their opening 12 games in the Premier League to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool FC for the title.

The Blues are in fourth place in the Premier League table and seven points behind Manchester City following their humiliation at Tottenham.

However, Chelsea FC will have the chance to make up some ground on Liverpool FC and Tottenham in Sunday’s early game before the north London and Merseyside derbies.

Fulham have the worst away record in the Premier League after collecting a point from their six top-flight games on the road this season.

Former Arsenal star Merson is backing Chelsea FC to ease to a 2-0 victory over Fulham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

“Chelsea got well beat last weekend,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“Tottenham caught them by surprise with the way they pressed and it made Jorginho look like Alberto Aquilani. He didn’t get any time on the ball to pass, and he was lost. If he’s not getting on it, who’s going to give it to Willian or Eden Hazard? You’re also not going to win anything with David Luiz in a back four, or Marcos Alonso at left-back. He plays as a 10!

“Fulham will go there and stick 10 behind the ball, and you’ve got 95 minutes to score if you’re Chelsea. I expect them to win.

“I think this is where we’ll see if Claudio Ranieri has a chance of keeping Fulham up. Last week they had to attack anyway, they had to win. This will show if he’s been able to do anything with their defence.”

Chelsea FC managed to win eight of their opening 12 games, drawing four games to make a positive start to life under Sarri.

However, the Blues have a lot of work to do to overhaul Manchester City in the title race.

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