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
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)
Tottenham to win: 1.96
Arsenal to win: 1.67
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.
TV: Highlights on Match of the Day, BBC1, 10:30pm