West Ham vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on November 22, 2013

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Chelsea travel across London to take on West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday evening looking to close the gap at the top of the league.

The Blues head into the weekend action sitting fourth in the Premier League following a 2-2 draw with West Brom at Stamford Bridge before the international break.

The home side needed a controversial injury-time penalty to salvage a point and the draw came off the back of a 2-0 league defeat to Newcastle, so Jose Mourinho will be looking to get his side back to winning ways this weekend.

However, he will be hoping his side can do better than they fared last season at Upton Park, where the Hammers came from a goal down to earn a 2-1 victory thanks to second half goals from Carlton Cole and Mahamed Diame.

The west Londoners will be confident of getting a more positive result this time around as Sam Allardyce’s men are struggling at the wrong end of the table and head into the game sitting 16th, level on points with 18th-placed Fulham, following last weeks 3-1 loss to Norwich.

Team News

West Ham are sweating on the fitness of defender Razvan Rat after he picked up a hamstring injury while away with Romania this week. George McCartney is back in training after recovering from a knee injury and could come straight back in if Rat is ruled out.

Joey O’Brien and James Collins are likely to be fit despite carrying slight hamstring injuries, but Andy Carroll, Mladen Petric, Matthew Taylor and Alou Diarra are all out.

Defender Winston Reid is expected to be sidelined for at least three months after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury.

Chelsea will once again have to make-do without the services of Fernando Torres. The striker is back in training following an adductor injury that’s kept him out of recent games, but Mourinho has confirmed the West Ham clash will come too soon for the Spaniard.

With Torres out, Samuel Eto’o is expected to be given the nod up front while Juan Mata may once again have to make do with a place on the bench, with Mourinho likely to stick with the likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle in attack.

There is better news on the fitness of Ashley Cole with the defender being passed fit to play despite being forced off against Germany on Tuesday night while representing England. Cesar Azpilicueta is likely to drop out.


Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Oscar: The Brazilian is going to play an important role in this game as he, along with Eden Hazard, are going to be relied upon as Chelsea’s main creators. West Ham are a hard working outfit and the likes of Noble will not be giving the Blues attacker much room to work with, so it’s important Oscar uses the ball wisely when he finds time to play.

Predicted Score

West Ham 0-2 Chelsea: The Hammers have little goal threat and Chelsea should have too much for them to handle at the back.

What team would you like to see start and what’s your score prediction? Share your suggestions below.


  1. @michael

    November 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    cezar need 2 be playin in is role let ivanovic play in his central defender or he make d bench sit y mikel n ramires shud stand at dat midfid

  2. samson

    November 22, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    i wl like 2 c mata, mikel 2play 4good shake, these player r good so mr jose pls kindly play these gentle men

  3. Ab

    November 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Mou; is time you sack Lampard from the pitch or you will be sacked for using him to earn Chelsea poor results.

  4. fm

    November 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Jose I will lik 2 c mata nd mikel on d field nd lampard cn control d mid field again bench him.

  5. tom

    November 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Lampard should not play in away matches. Likely prediction 2.0….the same was said against newcastle and west brom. I can’t trust chelsea to win any match now.

  6. B-n nwanekwu nnanwa

    November 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Lampard not good away,

  7. topepraise

    November 23, 2013 at 1:27 am

    I will love to see mata and mikel on the field bcos they can control the field and close the gap when needed. ILUPEJU TOPEPRAISE OMO MUMMY. 230270f2 my bb pin

  8. Erick John

    November 23, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Pliz Jose play Mata

  9. Ejisco

    November 23, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Mou pls play mikel istead of lampard in the midfield. Up chelsea

  10. pires

    November 23, 2013 at 6:04 am

    I see no reason why mata shd not play. That’s cfc only play maker. Jose do me a favour. Remove lampard in that line up pls,moreover he’s Too old for some games.

  11. Mr chelsea u.k

    November 23, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Mourinho pls don’t fail to let mata make a move to a club that will give him regular football playng time on the pitch than keeping him on the bench

  12. Elijah chukwu obasi

    November 23, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Pls master i wil mike. mata, willan 2 paly today match

  13. Ibro

    November 23, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Pls Mou play Mata and Mikel in d heart of midfield bcos they are d only better playmaker n defensive midfielder we have respectively dis season,so Jose pls play them.up bluez up El Nino

  14. Francis

    November 23, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I would want hazard, mata, mikel and luiz to start d game

  15. Etim Elijah

    November 23, 2013 at 7:25 am

    jose,pls lampard should be on de breach,I want to see mata,mikel nd william on dis game.chelsea4-0west ham.

  16. udeme aduak

    November 23, 2013 at 8:12 am

    first i love 2 see 4 3 3 formation -ivan , cahil, terry azpi
    ramires luiz mikel
    eto’o oscar/mata hazard / schurrle

  17. Ezeworld2

    November 23, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Lambard is old for some game that need physican strengt that is why we loose against newcastl

  18. udeme aduak

    November 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

    or 3 6 1 formation ivan. Cahil apiz
    ramires mikel willian
    mata oscar hazard
    ‘ eto’o

  19. udeme aduak

    November 23, 2013 at 8:28 am

    or 3 6 1 formation ivan. Cahil apiz
    ramires mikel
    willian oscar hazard

  20. Harvey

    November 23, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Lamps is solid up Chelsea

  21. Nyiter

    November 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I like Chelsea, I like Jose

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