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  • 23 April 2011
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  • • Stamford Bridge, London
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Chelsea - West Ham United Preview: Carlo Ancelotti's side looking to make it seven wins in the last eight league games to keep pressure on Manchester United

Chelsea - West Ham United Preview: Carlo Ancelotti's side looking to make it seven wins in the last eight league games to keep pressure on Manchester United

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The Hammers are fighting for survival and will have to be on form if they are to end their poor record at Stamford Bridge, having not won their in eight years, on Saturday

 


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, David Luiz, Cole; Essien, Ramires, Lampard; Anelka, Drogba, Malouda.


West Ham: Green; Jacobsen, Da Costa, Upson, Bridge; O'Neil, Noble, Parker, Hitzlsperger; Cole, Keane.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • In the 85 league matches between the two sides Chelsea and their rivals on Saturday have 34 wins a piece. The other 17 matches have ended in draws.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 12 matches against the Hammers. The Blues have won 10 of the games and the other two ended in draws.
  • Chelsea are on a nine-game unbeaten run in the league and have won their last three games.
  • The Blues have won 13 matches this season by two goals.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's side are looking for their seventh win in eight Premier League games.
  • Much of the excitement in Chelsea's games seem to come in the last five minutes of matches as they have score 10 times and conceded eight goals in the closing stages.
  • West Ham have not won at Stamford Bridge since a 3-2 win back in the 2002/2003 season.
  • West Ham have lost 25 per cent of their league away games 3-0 this season.
  • Avram Grant's side have conceded 58 goals in the league this season with 31 coming on the road.
  • If Chelsea score the first goal the stats show it wil be an uphill battle for the Hammers. Opposing teams have taken the lead 18 times against Grant's side this season and only once have they managed to turn it around and get a win. They have drawn five times and lost 12 games when the opposing team scores first.

LAST MEETING

September 11, 2010: West Ham 1-3 Chelsea

Chelsea continued their fine start to the season by cruising past West Ham thanks to a Michael Essien brace and Salomon Kalou's strike to stay top of the league and condemn the Hammers to the bottom of the table.

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Players to watch

D. Drogba

Position: Attacker

Games: 5

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The Ivorian is back amongst the goals for Chelsea and is once again the focal point of the attack. With £50 million pound star Fernando Torres struggling to make an impact at Stamford Bridge it will be down to the 33-year-old, who has got 13 goals so far this season, to fire the Blues past the struggling Hammers.

R. Keane

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Irishman got himself on the score sheet against Aston Villa and West Ham will be hoping he can get amongst the goals again at Stamford Bridge. The man on loan from Tottenham has five goals this season and he will looking to prove he still has what it takes to perform against the big clubs.

Editor's Prediction

The form book suggests only one outcome at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have quietly put together a run of form which has seen them re-emerge as outsiders in the title race. They should be far too strong for Avram Grant's side, who are without a win in five games in all competitions.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Chelsea

West Ham United

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
Chelsea FC Chelsea
Draw
West Ham United FC WHU
West Ham United FC West Ham United
91%

Top 3 Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
3 - 0
West Ham United FC WHU
Chelsea FC CHE
4 - 0
West Ham United FC WHU
Chelsea FC CHE
2 - 0
West Ham United FC WHU

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