Danny Murphy is braced for a fierce battle against wounded Chelsea in the SW6 derby tonight.
The Fulham skipper knows the odds are against his side at Stamford Bridge – and admitted that he would be very happy with a point.
“Well if I’m honest, if you offer me a draw I’ll take it now,” Murphy said.
“It’s a tough game, Chelsea, and just to rub salt on the wounds they’ve gone up to Liverpool and got beaten at the weekend so they’re going to be a bit wounded.”
The midfielder is expecting a physical game and is hoping his side can match the athleticism of Chelsea’s superstars.
“We’ve got a few injury problems at the moment but we will see if we can prepare ourselves for a battle at the Bridge,” he noted.
Fulham currently sit mid-table in the Premier League, but Murphy is confident the Cottagers’ underdog status will give them freedom to play without any pressure.
“It’s a big game for us because obviously they’re our local rivals and whenever you play Chelsea it’s tough, but we’ll go there and give it a go,” he said.
“You’ve got nothing to lose, no one expects you to get anything when you go to Chelsea, so we can play with a nice freedom.”
With nothing to lose from the game, Fulham will be hoping to put a dent in their London rivals’ title bid but will face a Blues side who are fighting for their place at the top of the table.