Chelsea hopes for goals at Fulham
London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Chelsea will travel to Craven Cottage for a meeting with Fulham on Saturday with the hopes of a bit more cutting edge in the final third of the pitch.
The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw at Galatasaray in Champions League play on Monday and Jose Mourinho bemoaned his side's lack of efficiency in front of goal.
"That's our team," Mourinho said after the match. "Some other teams have three chances and score three goals. We have five and score one.
"This is not a criticism of the strikers, like sometimes people think. It's just in this moment the profile of the team we have."
Chelsea has faced similar problems in the Premier League this season as its 49 goals scored - the fewest total of any team in the top-four - have kept the Blues from extending their lead atop the table.
"We create but we arrive in the last third of the pitch and the last decision, the last choice, the correct pass, the right movement is something that is not right at the moment," Mourinho continued. "We are not a team who kills opponents.
"We are paying for that in the Premier League, losing points, and in the Champions League we might have got a different result. But they all give everything."
Chelsea could pay the price for futility in front of goal on Saturday as Fulham has no choice but to push forward. The Cottagers sit bottom of the table on 21 points and must pick up some wins over their last 11 league matches if they hope to remain in the top flight for another season.
Arsenal, one of Chelsea's main title threats, will hope to keep pace with the Blues when it heads to the Britannia to face Stoke City on Saturday. The Gunners enter the weekend one point back of Chelsea, meaning that Arsene Wenger's men could find themselves in first place if the results fall their way.
Liverpool also enters the weekend in title contention, albeit with an outside chance. The Reds will hope to strengthen their bid for silverware on Saturday with maximum points at Southampton.
Also in the English top flight on Saturday, Everton will host West Ham United at Goodison Park and Newcastle will head to the KC Stadium to face Hull City.
Sunday's action will see Tottenham attempt to keep the momentum from its Europa League comeback alive with a victory over Cardiff City at White Hart Lane while Norwich City, fresh off its Premier League defeat of Spurs last time out, will go for a second consecutive win when it faces Aston Villa at Villa Park. Swansea City also returns to action as it will host Crystal Palace at the Liberty Stadium.