Chelsea (4-4-1-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Willian, Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, Ba
With Fernando Torres sideline for several weeks, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o will battle it out to lead the line against the Hammers. Mourinho can also welcome back Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic, with the Serbian probably going straight into his right back slot. A win tonight will put the Blues level with Arsenal who drew Southampton last night.
West Ham United (4-3-3): Adrián, Demel, Collins, Johnson, Rat, Collison, Nolan, Noble, Downing, Carroll, Jarvis
Under-fire boss Sam Allardyce has had injury concerns but now has two new options in Marco Boriello and Antonio Nocerino, two Serie A purchases from the current transfer window. They will however probably be on the bench due to their lack of time with the team. Tied on 18 points with Sunderland and Cardiff in the bottom of the table, West Ham will need to keep it tight at the back to avoid defeat.
Love how all Italians just seem to love west ham. Nocerino and Boriello’s interviews have impressed me a lot, seem very passionate #MeLike
— ben watson-murray (@benmurray95) January 29, 2014
Chelsea will stroll past West ham this evening me thinks Tbh & be joint 2nd with The Gunners on 52 pts its now a 3 horse race — Alan Skilling (@templerskilly) January 29, 2014
West Ham thrashed Chelsea 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. Wow when was this?
Jose Mourinho has just recently stated that Eden Hazard “can be a Ballon D’or contender.” A home game against struggling West Ham will surely make the Belgian prove his coach right and put the Irons to the sword.
Chelsea vs. West Ham United: An Alternative Preview
Chelsea have allowed just 68 shots on target against them this season, fewer than any other team in the Barclays Premier League.
West Ham have hit the target with just 35% of their shots this season, the lowest accuracy of any team in the Barclays Premier League.
The Hammers are the only team in the Premier League who have not scored a headed goal this season.
Chelsea have recovered more points from losing positions than any other side in the Premier League this season (14).
West Ham have dropped more points from winning positions than any other side in the Premier League this season (14).
Frank Lampard has scored five goals in his last five Premier League games against West Ham.
Chelsea have won 12 and lost just one of the last 15 Premier League meetings with the Hammers.
Fernando Torres has scored six goals in seven Premier League appearances against West Ham.
The Hammers have made the second most crosses from open play this season (418, behind Man Utd – 423) and have the best completion rate of any side (22.5%).
Chelsea have won six of their last seven Premier League home games against West Ham (D1), with the Hammers’ last victory at Stamford Bridge coming in 2002 thanks to a Paolo Di Canio brace (3-2).