West Ham v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Monday 6th March, 2017
Venue: Olympic Stadium
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

After yesterday’s results did us no favours, tonight’s game sees us take on a West Ham side who have already beaten us at the Olympic Stadium once this season. Ok, so it may only have been in the League cup but given we’ve only lost 4 times so far this season in all competitions, all coincidentally in London, it’s still something for us to bear in mind.
Antonio Conte will undoubtedly have thought about the side he put out in that defeat and put a full strength one out for this game as we’d expect, with Fabregas possibly getting a start over Matic. For the Hammers meanwhile, the bad news for us is Andy Carroll’s untimely recovery from injury. Rate him or not, with 2 goals in his last 3 games against us, he’s one for us to look out for.

MANAGER’S ViEWS
Going into tonight’s game, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says “I still think Chelsea can be caught. There are many point to play for and there are no easy games in the Premier League. If they slip up, which you can in every game, others teams need to be ready.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte meanwhile, says “I hope it will be a different game (to the League Cup). The result wasn’t good for us. For sure, we want to try and take three points from this game. It will be a difficult game because we all know the difficulty of this type of match, a derby, and the quality of West Ham. But we are preparing very well for this game, in the right way with great commitment and focus. Also, we will know the other results of the other teams. For sure, it will be a pressure, positive or negative. But we are ready to play this game and to try to do better than in the last game there.”

SQUAD NEWS
For West Ham, Diafra Sakho (back) and Angelo Ogbonna (knee) are injured. Michail Antonio serves a one-game ban but Andy Carroll looks set to make his return after a month out with a groin injury.
For Chelsea, Eden Hazard is expected to be available despite suffering a knock in training and there are no new injuries to report.

TEAMS
WEST HAM (Possible line-up): Randolph; Kouyate, Fonte, Reed, Cresswell; Obiang, Noble; Lanzini, Snodgrass, Feghouli; Carroll
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard

LAST SEASON
West Ham 2-1 Chelsea (24th October 2015)

RECENT FORM (PL)
WEST HAM: DDWLW
CHELSEA: WDWDW

OTHER STUFF
~ West Ham have won their last two league and cup home games against Chelsea
~ West Ham’s win in this fixture last season is their only win in the last eight Premier League meetings ~ West Ham’s 9 Premier League wins this season have all come against clubs who were in the bottom half of the table
~ Chelsea have kept two clean sheets in their last eight league games
~ Antonio Conte has lost two of his three away London derbies in the Premier League

PREDICTION
BBC Sport: West Ham 0-2 Chelsea
Sky Sports: West Ham 1-3 Chelsea
Sportslens: West Ham 1-2 Chelsea

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