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  • 11 September 2010
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  • • Boleyn Ground, London
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Premier League Preview: West Ham United - Chelsea

Premier League Preview: West Ham United - Chelsea

Grant hopes for success against former club

If the formbook is anything to go by, West Ham United will be quaking in their boots at the prospect of entertaining Chelsea.

The defending champions are flying with 14 league goals without reply this season, while the Hammers on the other hand have scored two and conceded nine in their three league games.

While Chelsea are flying at the top of the league, West Ham are floundering at the bottom. The two teams are exact opposites. The first three games of the season have been agony for West Ham, and they will not be feeling too confident that their season can get underway against the Double winners.

Chelsea have been scoring goals for fun this season, but Julien Faubert is confident he can smother the Blues' joint top scorer, Florent Malouda.

"I know Malouda is on fire," Faubert told WHUTV. "He was a big player before and is a big player now, but I think we have to play as a team.

"If we play as a team and we are really compact, we won't let him play and will restrict his chances I think. I am not scared of anybody so I don't care who I am up against."

Hammer time

For Chelsea fans they will be hoping for more of the same. 19 places above West Ham going into this match and they will be looking to make it four wins out of four this term. Despite this, Carlo Ancelotti thinks his team can improve.

He said to reporters after the Stoke game: “We didn't play our best football but we were focused and concentrated - it's important to win.

"It's impossible to win 6-0 every week, today we played very well defensively."

The Blues were expected to be a weakened team this season following the summer departures of Joe Cole, Michael Ballack, Deco and Juliano Belletti. However, that has been the case so far and Ancelotti's men are vying to continue their best start ever to a Premier League campaign.

TEAM NEWS

West Ham United

West Ham will have been boosted by the fact that midfield general Scott Parker signed a new four-year contract this week, after speculation Tottenham wanted to sign him during the transfer window. Thomas Hitzlsperger is out and Jack Collison and Zavon Hines have long term injuries.

New Hammers signing Lars Jacobsen may well start at right-back in a defensive set-up, with normal right full-back Julien Faubert moving to right wing. Young Mexican winger Pablo Barrera could play on the left wing with Kieron Dyer, Mark Noble and Parker in central midfield with Carlton Cole up front as a lone striker.

Possible starting XI: Green; Jacobsen, Gabbidon, Upson, Ilunga; Faubert, Parker, Noble, Barrera; Dyer, Cole.

Chelsea

For Chelsea it will be more of the same, although there are concerns over the fitness of England duo Frank Lampard and John Terry. Both missed the matches against Bulgaria Switzerland, although Carlo Ancelotti is confident Terry will start. Lampard faces a late fitness test, but Ancelotti is hopeful he will be able to play.

Brazilian Ramires gives the defending champions more options in midfield, while Branislav Ivanovic is still sidelined with a back injury.

Possible starting XI: Cech; Ferreira, Terry, Alex, Cole; Essien, Mikel, Lampard; Anelka, Drogba, Malouda.

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Players to watch

S. Parker

Position: Midfielder

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Coveted by Spurs over the summer, player of the year last season Scott Parker is one of the few players who has been worth watching for West Ham this campaign. He is skilful, determined and resolute, and will want to show his former club what they missed out on.

F. Malouda

Position: Midfielder

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Take your pick really. Ashley Cole has been in sensational form, Drogba has scored four goals and the rest of the team has been playing like defending champions. The form of Florent Malouda however, has been the real revelation this season. Much maligned in his early years at Chelsea, the French winger has had a new lease of life under Ancelotti and has four goals from midfield already.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

West Ham United

Chelsea

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

West Ham United FC WHU
West Ham United FC West Ham United
Draw
Chelsea FC CHE
Chelsea FC Chelsea
83%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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