- Pedro scores in 4th minute
- Arrizabalaga makes 3 saves
- Loftus-Cheek puts it to bed
Chelsea outlasted a game Fulham thanks to an early goal from Pedro and late insurance from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, claiming London Derby honors with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Blues go third for the moment, a point better than Chelsea and three ahead of Arsenal before the North London Derby (Watch live at 9:05 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
Fulham sits bottom of the table with eight points, two points back of 17th.
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Calum Chambers hit a 20-yard shot at Arrizabalaga at the quarter-hour mark.
Azpilicueta then cued up Giroud for a chance Rico did well to stop in the 43rd minute.
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2 – N’Golo Kante has provided as many assists in 14 league games for Chelsea this season (2) as he had in his first two seasons with the club combined (69 appearances). Morphed.
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Fulham’s second half challenge started well, with Antonio Rudiger forced to stop a bid to meet Mitrovic followed by an Arrizabalaga save on Chambers off the ensuing corner.
Chelsea sub Alvaro Morata missed an in-tight bid to cut an Eden Hazard rebound on goal in the 73rd.
It was another sub who made it 2-0, as Loftus-Cheek left no doubt when presented with a Hazard square ball in the right of the box.