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    Chelsea v West Ham United FC

    Post  Admin on Sat 19 Mar 2016, 11:04 am


    Chelsea v West Ham preview: Slaven Bilic meets Guus Hiddink in Premier League for first time



    West Ham travel to Stamford Bridge this weekend confident of heaping yet more misery on a Chelsea side which have exited the Champions League and FA Cup.

    Chelsea are 10th with nine games to play after climbing from perilously close to the relegation zone a week before Christmas.

    West Ham are fifth, two points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, and take their quest for the top four and Champions League qualification across London.

    West Ham defender James Tomkins was expected to resume full training this week but will miss Saturday's trip.

    Tomkins is recovering from a calf injury and, like James Collins (hamstring), is anticipated to be available following the international break.

    On-loan Chelsea winger Victor Moses is ineligible to face his parent club, but Sam Byram comes into contention after being cup-tied for last week's draw at Manchester United.

    Opta stats

    Chelsea have won seven and lost none of the last nine Premier League games against West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

    The Blues have kept six clean sheets and conceded just three goals in that nine game run.

    Overall, West Ham have won just two of the last 19 Premier League meetings with Chelsea (W2 D3 L14).

    The Blues are unbeaten in 13 Premier League games since Jose Mourinho left (W6 D7), but have only won two at home (W2 D5).

    The Hammers have lost just two of their last 16 Premier League matches (W7 D7 L2).



    Merson's predictions

    Chelsea will be desperately trying to stop Slaven Bilic's side reaching the Champions League when the two sides meet at Stamford Bridge. West Ham are right in the hunt for European qualification but to get a result at Chelsea they will have to play from the first whistle. In recent weeks they've only come alive when they've been behind. They came back from 2-0 down against Norwich and they did the same at Everton, before going on to seal all three points. They can't afford to give Chelsea a head start. Again, there's not a lot between these two sides and I'm going for another 1-1 draw.



    PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1 [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]



    The Blues were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain and FA Cup by Everton last week, but the ailing champions will be aiming to finish the season on a high.

    Team news

    Guus Hiddink will be without striker Diego Costa, who is suspended for the game following his red card against Everton last weekend, while the Dutchman will also have to do without Eden Hazard, who has ongoing hip and groin problems.

    Alexandre Pato could make his long-awaited debut in Costa's absence, but Radamel Falcao (thigh) is continuing
    to find fitness and defender Kurt Zouma (knee) is out for the season.


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    Re: Chelsea v West Ham United FC

    Post  Campo on Sat 19 Mar 2016, 11:14 am

    I stuck my bet on yesterday
    4-0 to West Ham and Everton to beat l'arsenal @ 501/1
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    Re: Chelsea v West Ham United FC

    Post  Jiggs on Sat 19 Mar 2016, 12:48 pm

    Good luck Campo!


    I fancy us to win this today, but then again I fancy us to win everything at this moment in time.  Obviously the no fear factor that Bilic has installed into our boys has continued into the minds of the claret and blue army of supporters.


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