West Ham vs Chelsea match preview: Jose Mourinho hoping to maintain mini-revival at Upton Park

A look ahead to the Premier League fixture at Upton Park

Alex Keble
Friday 23 October 2015 14:15
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It’s a big game for…

Nemanja Matic: Chelsea’s Serbian midfielder was restored to the starting line-up for the midweek game against Dynamo Kyiv after being dropped in the previous two matches for poor performance.

Matic will be keen to get back into his manager’s good books, but will face a difficult challenge against the pace of Dimitri Payet and Diafra Sakho.

Best stat…

4

Number of points West Ham have earned at home this season. They have amassed 13 out of a possible 15 on the road.

Remember when…

West Ham beat Chelsea 3-2 in a thrilling encounter at Stamford Bridge in 2003, in which club legends Paulo Di Canio and Gianfranco Zola both scored stunning goals. West Ham have not won at Chelsea since that day, when a young Jermaine Defoe netted for West Ham before Di Canio bagged a brace.

Player to watch…

Dimitri Payet: West Ham’s new explosive playmaker continues to excel. Payet has scored four goals and assisted two in his last five league games, and is most effective when counter-attacking against opponents who, like Chelsea, play high up the pitch.

West Ham v Chelsea- Premier League preview

Past three-meetings…

West Ham 0 Chelsea 1 (Hazard)
Premier League, March 2015

Chelsea 2 (Terry, Costa) West Ham 0
Premier League, December 2014

Chelsea 0 West Ham 0
Premier League, January 2014

Form guide…

West Ham: WWLDDW

Chelsea: WDLLWD

Vital information…

Kick-off: 3:00pm, Saturday 24 October

TV: Highlights on Match of the Day, BBC1

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