The Blues must win if they want to be in The Top 6
Last updated: March 15, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Chelsea have had a nightmare week. The Blues were eliminated from The Champions League after two defeats against Paris Saint-Germain and then Chelsea lost 0-2 to Everton at Goodison Park and couldn’t proceed to the semi-finals of The FA Cup. Now, the only aim left for Chelsea until the end of the season is finishing in The Top 6, but Guus Hiddink’s players are still 7 points behind Manchester United.
The Hammers are on a very good run. They haven’t recorded a defeat in 7 consecutive games from all tournaments. In addition, West Ham United won 5 of these matches. Slaven Bilic’s players are lying in 5th position in the standings of The Premier League and are just 2 points below fourth-place Manchester City.
The last time West Ham United won at Stamford Bridge was on 28th September 2002. The final score was 2-3 in the Hammers’ favour. Since then West Ham have lost on 8 visits to Chelsea. There has also been 2 draws. However, The Hammers have won 11 of 45 visits to Stamford Bridge in total.
John Terry can be included in the starting eleven. The defender had a hamstring problem, but he is now 100% fit and can help his teammates.
Radamel Falcao and Kurt Zouma are sidelined for The Blues. There is no information as to when the Colombian striker will resume full training.
Victor Moses is injured for The Hammers. Valencia (ankle injury), Reid (hamstring) and O’Brien (hamstring) are also sidelined for West Ham United.
Chelsea’s top goal-scorer Diego Costa was sent off against Everton in The FA Cup and is going to be sidelined through suspension.
Quotes of the week
Guus Hiddink (Chelsea) : “It is easy to attack someone you don’t know, although he has committed errors.”
Slaven Bilic (West Ham) : “Our dressing room was, and still is, very silent. I’m not over the moon but it means we are moving in a good direction.”
|Chelsea (4-2-3-1):||Courtois, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Obi Mikel, Pedro, Hazard, Willian, Traore.|
|Subs||Begovic, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Matic, Kenedy, Remy, Baba.|
|Not available:||Diego Costa|
|West Ham (4-3-3):||Adrian, Byram, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Obiang, Song, Noble, Payet, Emenike, Antonio.|
|Subs||Carroll, Cullen, Lanzini, Tomkins, Randolph, Kouyate, Oxford.|
|Injured:||O’Brien, Reid, Moses, Valencia.|
So far this season
|Chelsea this season||West Ham this season|
|5 (5)||(at home) Wins (away)||7 (6)|
|5-1 vs. Newcastle||Biggest win||3-0 vs. Liverpool|
|6 (4)||(at home) Draws (away)||5 (5)|
|4 (5)||(at home) Losses (away)||2 (4)|
|0-3 to Man City||Biggest Defeat||1-4 to Tottenham|
|Diego Costa (11)||Top scorer||Payet (8)|
|Diego Costa, Willian (5)||Assist Leader||Payet (7)|
|Y43, R3||Discipline||Y41, R4|
|5||Failures to score||5|
|17||Both Teams to Score Games||17|
|17||Over 2.5 Games||15|
|11||Under 2.5 Games||14|
- The Blues have finished with a draw in 5 of their last 6 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge. They are on a run of 13 league matches without a defeat.
- West Ham United have won by a 1 goal margin in their last 3 matches of The Premiership. The Hammers turned things around against Everton in the last round after being 0-2 down.
- The Hammers won 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground in the first match of the season between these two teams. Andy Carroll scored a late goal to secure the three points for his team.
- Thibaut Courtois should be aware of Dimitri Payet’s free-kicks. When the ball is close to the box it’s like a penalty for The Frenchman.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|24/10/15||The Premier League||West Ham 2-1 Chelsea||M. Zárate 17′|
|04/03/15||The Premier League||West Ham 0-1 Chelsea||E. Hazard 22′|
|26/12/14||The Premier League||Chelsea 2-0 West Ham||J. Terry 31′|
|29/01/14||The Premier League||Chelsea 0-0 West Ham||—|
|23/11/13||The Premier League||West Ham 0-3 Chelsea||F. Lampard (PG) 21′|