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  • September 11, 2010
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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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Available Squads
1Robert GreenGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
26Tal Ben HaimDefender
2Lars JacobsenDefender
23H. IlungaDefender
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
16Mark NobleMidfielder
85Valon BehramiMidfielder
34Boa MorteMidfielder
33Victor Nsofor ObinnaStriker
9Carlton ColeStriker
34Marek StechGoalkeeper
5James TomkinsDefender
18Julien FaubertMidfielder
15Radoslav KovacDefender
8Kieron DyerMidfielder
17Pablo Edson BarreraStriker
39Frédéric PiquionneStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
26John TerryDefender
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
8Salomon KalouStriker
21Nicolas AnelkaStriker
11Didier DrogbaStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
18Yuri ZhirkovMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
44Gäel KakutaMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
33AlexDefender
Players to Watch
Scott Parker
Scott Parker
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 28
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Florent Malouda
Florent Malouda
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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