The Nigerian midfielder knows that Chelsea are in for a stern test against the Hammers but believes the support of their home crowd will help them through
In the first clash between Chelsea and West Ham on December 1, 2012, Mikel Obi and his team mates controlled the first half but were bullied into submission by a more physical West Ham in the second half led by Mohammed Diame .
And as they face their neighbours on Saturday, Mikel believes the support at Stamford Bridge will help them overcome.
“They are a very strong and physical team and one we have to watch out for. Diame is a very physical and quick player,” Mikel told the London Standard.
“He has toughness in him, but their team is like that overall. Andy Carroll, if he plays, what a physical presence he is for them.
“We were so in control the last time we played them, but then they started kicking the ball and making it more difficult for us.
“Their players were always jumping in and looking for the second ball.
“The way we play, we like to pass the ball, but Sunday we are at home and the fans will keep supporting the players and make sure we get a win.”