BBC Sport pundit reveals his prediction for Fulham v Chelsea FC
Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Chelsea FC's trip to Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday
Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to make it back to back wins in the Premier League on Sunday when they travel to Fulham in the top flight.
The Blues have suffered something of a dip in form in recent weeks and have lost three of their last five Premier League outings to leave them in sixth place in the top flight table.
However, Chelsea FC returned to winning ways on Wednesday night with an impressive 2-0 home win over Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in front of their home fans.
That result was a perfect response to the disappointment of their League Cup final defeat on penalties by Manchester City last weekend.
Fulham, meanwhile, are 19th in the Premier League table and have lost their last four games on the bounce.
And BBC Sport pundit Lawrenson is fully expecting to see the Blues seal a comfortable 2-0 win over the Cottagers this weekend.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Replacing the sacked Ranieri now really is the last throw of the dice, but Fulham must feel that someone with different ideas and a different voice can make a difference.
“But, whoever the new permanent manager is, it is asking an awful lot for him to keep them up.
“After seeing Fulham in the Championship last year, I thought they would give the Premier League a real go, but after spending more than £100m in the summer they have not been good enough defensively. If you cannot defend in this division, then you have got absolutely no chance.
“I don’t think the change of manager will make much difference to the outcome on Sunday, simply because Chelsea are a better team.
“Fulham have been so bad of late, they seem to get into a mess whatever their game plan is. If they attack them, and you have to think they will try, it will just play into Chelsea’s hands.
“Chelsea’s win over Tottenham was a good way for Maurizio Sarri’s side to answer their critics but what people forget is that they actually played well against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final too.
“I am expecting more of the same from Sarri’s side.”
Chelsea FC will return to Europa League action next Thursday night when they take on Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their last 16 tie.
The Blues will be aiming to at least break back into the Premier League’s top four after finishing fifth last term.