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

By on January 29, 2014

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Chelsea play host to West Ham at Stamford Bridge this evening aiming to go top of the Premier League.

The Blues head into the game sitting third in the table – three points off leaders Arsenal – so a win by two or more goals tonight would see them go top on goal difference as long as Manchester City fail to beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Jose Mourinho’s side are on an excellent recent run that’s seen them win seven games on the bounce in all competitions. The latest victory was a 1-0 win over Stoke City in the FA Cup on Sunday which booked them a mouth-watering clash at the Etihad against City in the fifth round.

But it’s Premier League action that’s on the agenda this evening and they’ll be facing London rivals West Ham, who are desperate for points at the opposite end of the table.

A run of five losses in six games has seen Sam Allardyce’s side drop down the table and they currently sit 18th, level on points with bottom side Cardiff, so will be keen to secure a morale-boosting result tonight to aid their relegation fight.

Team News

Chelsea will no longer be able to call upon the services of Juan Mata after selling him to Manchester United and his replacement Mohamed Salah is not yet available as he’s still not back in the country after completing his move from FC Basel.

Fernando Torres remains out with a knee injury so Samuel Eto’o is expected to start but otherwise Mourinho has no other injury concerns. Marco van Ginkel remains a long-term casualty.

The Hammers will have new signings Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello in the squad although it remains to be seen whether Allardyce will throw them straight into action or start them from the bench.

Kevin Nolan is set to return after completing a four-match suspension but Joe Cole misses out with a groin injury.

Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Oscar: The Brazilian has been in excellent form of late and along with Eden Hazard, is going to be the Blues major attacking threat once again. Keeping him quiet is going to be vital if West Ham want to take anything from the game.

Predicted Score

Chelsea 2-0 West Ham: Chelsea are pretty formidable at home and we can’t see past a comfortable win again here.

What team would you start and what’s your score prediction? Share your views below.

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20 Comments

  1. Kingsley

    January 29, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Chelsea should avoid overconfidence, complacency n never look at d table cos of ds match.cool head guys.

  2. Hashim

    January 29, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Cech ivanovic cahill tery azpilicuta willian ramires matic hazard and ba

  3. Akomire Frankie

    January 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Chelsea 3 v westham 0

  4. befo adeolu

    January 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Blues should aviod over convindence nd play 2 win i believe chelsea will win

  5. Umar Mubarak Umar

    January 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Go for it guys, you deserver to top the table….. Hazard and Oscar, you guys are superb..

  6. Olawale

    January 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Chelsea will beet westham 3 – 1

  7. Enowest

    January 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Chelsea 3 west ham 0

  8. osagie festus osayande

    January 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Chelsea is the lion n tortoise of England now

  9. Adolf Ransom Pepple

    January 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I agree with the line-up. Chelsea to win 4-0

  10. Abelgold

    January 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Am a fan of d … Chelsea wil lost @home.

  11. philip iwraqy

    January 29, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    chelsea 3-0 westham,matic a spider web.

  12. oluyemi bamidele

    January 29, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    D line up is ok Chelsea 3 Westham 0

  13. kayz munukayumbwa

    January 29, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Chelsea 3 west ham 1

  14. Daniel luiz

    January 29, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Chelsea r gonna win all d need 2 do is 2 play well.. CHELSEA 5-WESTHAM 1

  15. Onyeaghala Andrew

    January 29, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Chelsea 3 westham 0. Up up blues.

  16. Adekanyeolajide

    January 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Chelsea 2 westham 0

  17. afam chineke

    January 29, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    up blues. i wil like to see mikel matic in midfild. cfc4 wshm 0

  18. ubong ndom

    January 29, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    The line up is good. The boys r gud n in form bt shuld avoid complasancy. Go for d kill at once. Up blues. Chelsea 4 westham 0

  19. olu

    January 29, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    we need to win this match. . .so as for to settle for d match against man.city

  20. olu

    January 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    chelsea 3 vs 0 west ham united

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