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  • December 1, 2012
  • • 07:45
  • • Boleyn Ground, London
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Premier League Preview: West Ham - Chelsea

Premier League Preview: West Ham - Chelsea

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New Blues manager Rafa Benitez has not enjoyed a welcoming start to his tenure at Stamford Bridge and will be looking forward to his first game away from the club’s home.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST HAM

Jaaskelainen
Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien
Jarvis, Diame, Noble, Nolan, Taylor
Carroll

CHELSEA

Cech
Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole
Ramires, Mikel
Mata, Oscar, Hazard
Torres

The Hammers will be missing long-term injury victims Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) and Alou Diarra (thigh), while Welsh midfielder Jack Collison (knee) is building up his fitness, and this game may come to soon for him.

Yossi Benayoun is ineligible against his parent club, but George McCartney (groin) could return after missing the trip to Old Trafford, while Mark Noble is also available after serving a one-match ban on Wednesday night.

Rafa Bnitez will have to do without defender David Luiz, as the Brazilian is suspended for the trip to Upton Park after picking up a fifth yellow card in the goalless draw with Fulham on Wednesday night.

Captain John Terry (knee) is not yet ready to return, while midfielder Frank Lampard (calf) could miss out on a return to his old stomping ground. Daniel Sturridge (hamstring) is touch-and-go for the trip to East London, and he may be saved for the Blues' all-important UEFA Champions League clash with Nordsjaelland on Wednesday.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • West Ham has scored just 16 times in 14 top-flight games this season.
  • Of those 16 goals, Kevin Nolan has bagged five, with Mark Noble next up on two, while Andy Carroll got his first for the Hammers at Tottenham last weekend.
  • West Ham has also conceded 16 goals this season, the fourth lowest tally in the top flight (Chelsea being one of the teams to have conceded less).
  • Fernando Torres (pictured, right) is still Chelsea's joint-leading goalscorer with four (tied with Juan Mata). 
  • The Spaniard has not scored in the Premier League since the Blues' Oct. 6 victory over Norwich, though.
  • The Blues are undefeated at Upton Park since the 2002-03 campaign - the season before Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club.
  • Chelsea has conceded almost 80 percent of goals from inside the penalty area this season.
  • Rafa Benitez's men have gone five games without a win in all competitions, stretching back to their Champions League victory against Shakhtar, while their last win in the Premier League came against Tottenham in October.

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22Jussi JaaskelainenGoalkeeper
2Winston ReidDefender
5James TomkinsDefender
17Joey O'BrienDefender
19James CollinsDefender
20Guy DemelDefender
4Kevin NolanMidfielder
7Matthew JarvisMidfielder
16Mark NobleMidfielder
26Gary O'NeilMidfielder
9Carlton ColeStriker
30Raphael SpiegelGoalkeeper
42Jordan SpenceDefender
7Matthew TaylorMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
-George MoncurMidfielder
11Modibo MaigaStriker
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2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
17Eden HazardMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
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21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
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