Premier League: Chelsea v West Ham match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have found themselves on a rollercoaster ride this season and will have to
fight if they are to retain a Champions League spot come May. The Hammers may
travel to Stamford Bridge with a nine point gap from the drop zone, but with
only three wins in 2013 they will need to start improving if this is to remain.

The home side will be feeling confident after recently clawing back a 2-2 draw against Manchester United in the FA Cup and progressing through to the quarter finals of the Europa League on Thursday, however The Hammers will definitely be the fresher of the two sides.

The visitors came out on top in the pair’s last meeting seeing off Chelsea 3-1. Joe Cole scored against his old club in the 63 minute and he may be in contention for another starting place on Sunday. West Ham will be in high spirits after ending their nine game wait for an away win against Stoke last Sunday.

 

KICK-OFF: Sunday, 4pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

West Ham 3 (Cole, Diame, Maiga) Chelsea 1 (Mata), Premier League, December 2012

Chelsea 3 (Lampard, Torres, Malouda) West Ham 0, Premier League, April 2011

West Ham 1 (Parker) Chelsea 3 (Essien 2, Kalou), Premier League, September 2010

 

STATS…

West Ham have won 43 of the meetings in comparison to Chelsea’s 37

Both teams have scored a total of 145 goals against each other

Andy Carroll has scored just 3 goal in 15 PL appearances for West Ham

West Ham have only managed 32 goals this season (15 in the Premier League)

 

ODDS…

Tottenham to win: 1.96

Arsenal to win: 1.67

Draw: 1.56

 

CLASSIC MOMENT/MATCH

When West Ham travelled to Stamford Bridge on 17 December 1966, even the most optimistic of punters would not have predicted a five-all draw. The home side found themselves 5-3 down, but penalties in the 80 and 90 minute from Tambling drew them level. Chelsea went on to finish 9 in the 66/67 campaign, whilst The Hammers were a more lowly 16.

 

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