Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi still needs to prove Premier League credentials

Callum Hudson-Odoi

The Blues have only lost one of the last 26 derby matches against their west London neighbours, and are overwhelming 1/7 (1.14) favourites to come out on top for the fourth consecutive encounter.

The hosts however must rebound following their first defeat of the season when they got overrun at Tottenham Hotspur.

The La Liga champions and manager Ernesto Valverde have been plunged into a scramble to bring in a defender in January following news that Samuel Umtiti is set for a longer spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery in Qatar.

The 22-year-old has fallen down the pecking order, with David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger being preferred.

Speaking at full-time, Hudson-Odoi described his disbelief when he realised he's opened his account for his boyhood club.

Callum Hudson-Odoi also scored a goal to back up his claim for a place in the manager's first XI against Fulham.

"For us at Leicester N'Golo was a fantastic midfielder with Danny Drinkwater, they understood very, very well what I wanted", said Ranieri, ahead of Fulham's Premier League trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

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"I think that Hudson-Odoi played very well but the type of match suited his characteristics", Sarri was quoted by Metro UK as saying at post-match.

They should be confident of collecting all three points tomorrow as the Cottagers arrive at the Bridge sitting rock bottom of the table having taken just 8 points from their 13 games so far this season. We only needed to play in the offensive phase, he's very able to do this but I want to see him in a match when he has to play in a defensive phase. "I came in England to Chelsea and had four fantastic years".

'And we have to try to make very good balls for him.

Fulham boss Ranieri heaped praise on Chelsea counterpart Sarri, insisting his Italian compatriot merits high regard for his "Sarriball" tactical style.

"I play at Stamford Bridge, I'm happy. Against Southampton we made three crosses and we scored three times".

"It wasn't clearly very easy to find a big motivation".

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