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    Cheatski v West Ham United FC

    Post  Geezer on Sat 23 Apr 2011, 10:04 am

    Barclays Premier League
    Venue: Stamford Bridge Date: Saturday, 23 April Kick-off: 1730 BST
    Coverage: Watch live on ESPN and highlights on Match of the Day; listen on talkSPORT, BBC Radio 5 live and local radio; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles

    TEAM NEWS

    Chelsea will again be without injured Brazilian pair Alex and Ramires, but Ashley Cole hopes to be fit despite being substituted in midweek.

    Manager Carlo Ancelotti has hinted he will make changes, with Fernando Torres and Nicolas Anelka hoping for recalls.

    West Ham midfielder Gary O'Neil is out for the season with an ankle injury, while Scott Parker remains sidelined by an Achilles problem.

    Jack Collison is fit and could feature for the first time in 13 months.

    Chelsea

    Doubtful: Cole (ankle)

    Injured: Alex & Ramires (both hamstring)

    West Ham

    Doubtful: Da Costa (unspecified)

    Injured: Dyer (hamstring), Kurucz (knee), O'Neil (ankle), Parker (Achilles), Stanislas (hernia)

    MATCH PREVIEW

    West Ham could be bottom of the table by the time they kick off against Chelsea, who have reignited their title hopes thanks to six wins from seven league games.

    If we thought that one month ago we'd have a little chance to come back to fight for the title, I think that everyone could have said we were crazy

    Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti

    Saturday's game at Stamford Bridge, where the Hammers have not won since 2002, is followed by a daunting trip to Manchester City eight days later; hardly ideal fixtures for Avram Grant's side to rediscover their confidence after three straight defeats.

    In contrast, spirits will be high at Chelsea, who moved up to second following Wednesday's win against Birmingham. The Blues are above the Gunners on goal difference only, but the momentum gained during their recent run means they now appear Manchester United's most likely title rivals.

    Fernando Torres has yet to end his goal drought, which now stands at 13 games for Chelsea, but team-mates Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou have rediscovered their scoring touch, netting a total of seven goals in the Blues' last four Premier League matches.

    History suggests all is not lost for the Hammers even if they are beaten on Saturday. On 18 April 2007 they were thrashed 4-1 at Stamford Bridge, a result that left them five points adrift of safety with four games left to play. However, Alan Curbishley's side beat the drop by winning all of their remaining matches.
    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    • West Ham have not beaten Chelsea since May 2003, a run of 12 games (including 11 Premier League matches).

    • Their last win at Stamford Bridge was on 28 September 2002, when Paolo Di Canio scored twice in a 3-2 victory.

    • Chelsea lead the overall head-to-head by 42 wins to 36, with 18 draws.

    Chelsea

    • Carlo Ancelotti's side have picked up 19 points from a possible 21, which is the best run of form in the top flight.

    • The Blues have used 24 players in this season's Premier League - the second lowest figure behind Bolton (23).

    • Chelsea have conceded 27 Premier League goals this season, the lowest tally in the division.

    • David Luiz and John Mikel Obi both celebrated their 24th birthdays on Good Friday.

    West Ham

    • The Hammers have won just two away league games this term - only Fulham (one) have managed fewer.

    • Avram Grant's side are winless in their last four matches. They have lost their last three, conceding a total of nine goals.

    • West Ham have won two of 18 games against sides in the top half of the table, picking up just nine points - the lowest tally in the Premier League.

    LEADING GOALSCORERS

    Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka

    Chelsea

    Anelka: 16 goals (6 league); Malouda: 13 goals (12 league)

    Drogba: 13 goals (11 league);

    Carlton Cole

    West Ham

    Cole: 11 goals (5 league); Piquionne: 9 goals (6 league)

    MATCH OFFICIALS

    Referee: Phil Dowd

    Assistant referees: Ceri Richards & Glenn Turner

    Fourth official: Andre Marriner

    LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS

    Chelsea (W3-1 v Birmingham, h): Cech; Ferreira, Luiz, Terry, Cole (Bertrand 56), Essien, Mikel, Lampard, Kalou (Torres 67), Drogba, Malouda (Anelka 67). Subs not used: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Benayoun, Zhirkov.

    West Ham (L1-2 v Aston Villa, h): Green; Jacobsen, Da Costa (Gabbidon 14), Upson, Bridge, O'Neil (Ba 62), Noble, Hitzlsperger, Keane, Cole, Obinna (Hines 58). Subs not used: Boffin, Boa Morte, Spector, Piquionne.


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    Re: Cheatski v West Ham United FC

    Post  mottinghammer on Sat 23 Apr 2011, 2:03 pm

    Any sort of draw would be a right result at the bridge right now. They have got 19 out the last 21 points we have got none out of nine! We are missing Parker, O'Niell, Tomkins, Reid and DYER! (will make all the difference being without sicknote).

    Can see young Jack getting a game today with Noble and Hitzlsberger in the middle, and i fera that Torres will find his scoring boots again, and that fat cnut Lampard will take pleasure in hurting us 😠

    Never mind its a beautiful day, looks like more pimms o'clock tonight
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    Re: Cheatski v West Ham United FC

    Post  Geezer on Sat 23 Apr 2011, 3:13 pm

    Can't see us getting anything out of this one , not a good time to pay a visit to shitford bridge
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    Re: Cheatski v West Ham United FC

    Post  mottinghammer on Sat 23 Apr 2011, 6:09 pm

    Seemto be holding our own at the moment, and have had a couple of fairly good chances. But overall Cheats have more of the game. Gonna be a long one!
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    Re: Cheatski v West Ham United FC

    Post  mottinghammer on Sat 23 Apr 2011, 6:20 pm

    Cheats go 1-0 up through that cnut fat frank on 44 mins 😠 . thats us ficunked again, another one of Avrams rousing half time talks and we'll go down about 4-0 handgren angry2
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    Re: Cheatski v West Ham United FC

    Post  Geezer on Sat 23 Apr 2011, 6:24 pm

    Would have to be that fat cnut lardarse . First 20 min we were all over the hockey then we started to get in to it and created more chances then bang 1 nil down angry2
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    Re: Cheatski v West Ham United FC

    Post  mottinghammer on Sat 23 Apr 2011, 7:04 pm

    second half is much the saem, they seem to have plenty of the ball and then we break, Noble off injured on a stretcher, hope its not to bad. bad day at black rock looms handgren
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    Re: Cheatski v West Ham United FC

    Post  Geezer on Sat 23 Apr 2011, 7:19 pm

    With results going against us this week end I would say we are dekcuf 😠

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