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West Ham vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on November 30, 2012

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Chelsea play London rivals West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday looking to close the gap on the league leaders.

Interim boss Rafa Benitez is still searching for his first win since taking over from Roberto Di Matteo, with the Spaniard over-seeing 0-0 draws against Man City and Fulham during his first two games in charge.

The former Liverpool manager has endured a difficult welcome from the Stamford Bridge faithful and will be hoping to build relations with disgruntled fans with a win this weekend.

No win in six has seen the Blues drop off the pace in the title-race and the former league leaders now sit third and trail Manchester United by seven points.

Goals have been hard to come by in recent games with striker Fernando Torres continuing to struggle in front of goal, but the Hammers are his favourite opposition having scored six goals in six games against them in the past.

West Ham have enjoyed a steady start to life back in the Premier League having sealed promotion from the Championship last season, and they currently sit tenth in the table after a narrow 1-0 defeat to Man Utd at Old Trafford in midweek.

Team News

Sam Allardyce will have midfielder Mark Noble back after he served a 1-match ban at Old Trafford having picked up five bookings this season.

Andy Carroll is a slight doubt with a knee problem but is expected to be fit to face the Blues.

Benitez will be without defender David Luiz after the Brazilian collected his fifth booking of the season against Fulham and is therefore suspended for the game. Gary Cahill is likely to step in alongside Branislav Ivanovic at centre-back.

John Terry remains on the sidelines with a knee complaint and Frank Lampard will also miss his return to Upton Park as he continues to recover from a calf injury.

Juan Mata is expected to be restored to the startling line-up after being rested in midweek. Striker Daniel Sturridge will face a late fitness test on a hamstring problem.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Following two goalless draws, Benitez is under pressure to get his Chelsea side playing more attractive football, but we can see another relatively low-scoring affair at Upton Park this weekend. West Ham have only conceded 16 goals so far this season – the fifth lowest tally in the league – while the Blues have conceded 13 which is the third lowest tally, but we’re backing Chelsea to edge it. West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

What would your team be and what’s your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section.

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16 Comments

  1. ishaq

    November 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    P̶̲̥̅̊ι̥ε̲̣̣̣̥α̍̍̊Ƨ̷̜̩̌̋ε̲̣̣̣̥ rafa start marin against west ham he can change the team

  2. Onos kelly frm oginibo

    November 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Chelsea may not have porto to win this game because Torres wil stil start which is a setback to chelsea. This match may also draw again

    • jazuliibrahim

      November 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      torres torres torres 2 b honest we hate 2 c him in our squad.

  3. da blues

    November 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    once mikel will be benched and torres starts a draw or W.HAM2 CHELSEA1

  4. John

    November 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Pls, Rafa we fan we to see German Meci (Mako Marin)being play against West Harm United.

  5. Mankind

    November 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Coach Rafa we want to see Marin on the Pitch against west Harm united so we will be able to beat them.

  6. Austin

    November 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Since rafa has come to bridge bcos of John Obi Mikel he wil nt b succeessful in chelseafc i can c him goin out

  7. Obeleze

    November 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I knw moses will deliver us here cos tores has fallen den marco marin in de lineup pls

  8. George Okeke

    November 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I do not know why Mikel and Mata did not start against Fulham. If they do against W. Ham, there is hope for 3 point that is if Torres will alow another person to score.

  9. Iyamu kingsley

    November 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I c this match endin in a score draw1-1 or a narrow 1-0 win 4 chelsea. God help my beloved chelsea

  10. chimez

    November 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Rest oscar let marin start, let moses start instead of hazard. Our team is now predictable dats why diaz nid for change.

  11. Yusuf Tunde

    November 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Mikel, ramirez and osca, mata and mako marin dat is tree machine at d mid field den moses upfront. Let Torres and Romeu should be on d bench.

  12. Godwin

    November 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I will advice we rest oscar for marko marin and also torres for victor Moses, then play mikel and ramires in d mildfiled. My lineup against west ham,cole, cahill, caser, ivernovih,mikel, ramires,Mata, marin, hazard, moses

  13. Phidias Cahill

    December 1, 2012 at 3:47 am

    marin shld b in the starting line up

  14. tijani damilare

    December 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Pls rafa we need win? Try and gear our player up and they should forget what happen to di matteo. Start macko marin , mata hazard osca? Desperate fantastic player. Lord of soccer we shall win up blues.

  15. Michael

    December 1, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Rafa please start marin.

    The team should be:
    Cech
    Azpilicueta Cahill Ivanovic Cole
    Mikel Ramires
    Hazard Mata Marin
    Moses/Sturridge

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