Chelsea vs West Ham United: Match Preview

Table toppers Chelsea take on fourth placed West Ham United in an exciting London derby on Boxing Day at Stamford Bridge. Sam Allardyce’s men have done unexpectedly well to get themselves in the top 4 at Christmas and will be looking to cause an upset.

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Chelsea may have to play without Eden Hazard, who is doubtful after he limped off with a hurt ankle against Stoke City with just minutes remaining, courtesy a nasty tackle from Jonathan Walters. Oscar, who spent the whole 90 minutes on the bench against Stoke City, is set to be recalled into the starting line-up, which means Mikel might have to sit the match out. Andre Schurrle, in all probability, will play on the left wing, given Hazard is unavailable, as he regularly plays in that position for Germany. Fabregas will return to his usual position beside Matic, instead of the number 10 role he donned at Stoke. Chelsea may even opt to start with Drogba and Luis, resting Costa and Azpilicueta, considering the Blues play away at St. Mary’s only 48 hours later.

West Ham United

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has returned to training ahead of the festive season and may return to the starting line-up on Friday, after missing the last four fixtures with an Achilles problem. James Tomkins is a doubt for the match with a hamstring injury, which means that James Collins might partner Winston Reid in central defense. Andy Carroll and Sakho are expected to lead the line while Stewart Downing plays in the hole behind the strikers. Nolan, Song and Kouyate are expected to play in midfield.



The defeat at Newcastle United has done nothing to deflate the spirits of Chelsea, with the Blues winning four matches straight in all competitions thereafter. With a 2-0 win at Stoke City on Monday, a fixture that is regarded as very tough, Chelsea reminded others that they are still the clear favourites to land the title come May next year. With a clinical display, Chelsea grinded out a tough victory at the Britannia Stadium, with goals from Terry and Fabregas providing the thrust needed. Courtois remained largely untroubled in goal. Costa missed two relatively easy chances and will be looking to increase his league goal tally against West Ham United if he starts. Chelsea have taken just 10 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 league matches, and Jose Mourinho will be looking to improve Chelsea’s league points return.

West Ham United

West Ham United have been in tremendous form this season, which has seen them climb to the 4th spot in recent times. Big Sam Allardyce will be telling his men to hold on to that form if they are to be considered the real deal. Any complacency might see them slip out of the top 4 if they are unable to get positive results against the bigger teams, hurting their credibility big time. West Ham are unbeaten in their last 5 matches, but they have won just three away games this season, and this will be their toughest test yet at Stamford Bridge. The Hammers will be taking inspiration from their win against champions Manchester City this season, and will also remind themselves of the goal-less draw at Stamford Bridge last season, when Chelsea failed to score even after registering 39 shots, a game that reminded Mourinho of football from a couple of centuries ago.


Sam Allardyce has managed just 2 wins in 21 matches against Chelsea and has never won against Jose Mourinho. However, he has managed 3 away draws against Mourinho. Chelsea have scored only 6 goals in their last 5 Boxing Day matches. West Ham on their part have won 3 of their last 4 Boxing Day matches.


Chelsea 0-0 West Ham United 29/01/2014
West Ham United 0-3 Chelsea 23/11/2013


Chelsea 0-0 West Ham United 29/01/2014
West Ham United 0-3 Chelsea 23/11/2013
Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United 17/03/2013
West Ham United 3-1 Chelsea 01/12/2012
Chelsea 3-0 West Ham United 23/04/2011


Chelsea: Courtois (GK), Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (C), Luis, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Schurrle, Drogba.

West Ham United: Adrian (GK), Jenkinson, Reid, Tomkins, Cresswell, Nolan, Song (C), Kouyate, Downing, Carroll, Sakho.


Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United


DATE: 26/12/2014
TIME: 1245 GMT / 1815 IST
VENUE: Stamford Bridge
REFEREE: Michael Oliver

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