West Ham United v Chelsea - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

Upton Park

To be played on Saturday 23rd November 2013 at 17:30. Venue: Boleyn Ground, London.

Odds: West Ham United 5/1, Draw 3/1, Chelsea 4/6

Last season: 3-1

Preview & injury news

Chelsea find themselves in a solid position but will be desperate to improve their away form having only won one on the road so far this season – against Norwich City, whilst West Ham have had a pretty poor start to the season. However, they have proved they are capable of springing a surprise result such as their memorable victory at White Hart Lane earlier on in the season.

Chelsea are in fourth place having taken 21 points from 11 games, four points behind top spot and will be looking to get a win having only picked up a point from their past two matches, and that was partly down to a controversial penalty against West Brom at Stamford Bridge. West Ham’s position is a bit more precarious. Their loss to Norwich has confirmed they are in a bit of a battle at the wrong end of the table as they’re only out of the bottom three on goal difference.

In terms of injury news, West Ham have a lengthy list of concerns which includes Matt Taylor and Winston Reid to go alongside the more long-term absence of Ricardo Vaz Te. Andy Carroll is still sidelined but is expected to be back in the squad in a couple of weeks’ time.

Chelsea could welcome back Fernando Torres to their squad after a thigh injury though he may find it difficult to force Samuel Eto’o out of the side as the Cameroon international has started to find his scoring touch for the Blues. There are no fresh injury worries for Chelsea with Marco Van Ginkel their only injury as he is out for the rest of the season.

Key stats

Ravel Morrison is West Ham's top scorer in the Premier League this season with three goals.

Eden Hazard and Oscar are Chelsea's top scorers in the Premier League this season with four goals each.

West Ham United had 53% possession in their last league match, a 3-1 defeat away to Norwich City.

Chelsea had 68% possession in their last league match, a 2-2 draw at home against West Bromwich Albion

5 players to watch

Ravel Morrison - He is one of the most exciting English footballers out there and everyone has seen the goal threat he possesses along with his creativity and confidence. You can't help but feel that West Ham need a good Morrison performance to get a good result against Chelsea. 

Frank Lampard - It may be a long time since he left the Hammers but it's always interesting to watch Lampard's performance against his old club. He is going to have a big say in the middle of the park in this game. West Ham's defence has been solid and Lampard may be the person to unlock it. 

Carlton Cole - When Chelsea visited the Hammers last season, Cole gave his former employers a torrid time and managed to get amongst the goals. His side could do with him doing something similar this weekend. 

Fernando Torres - If he gets the nod ahead of Eto'o, it will be interesting to see if Torres is playing with the same sort of confidence and sharpness which has led to some tipping him to rediscover the form he had during his time at Liverpool.

Eden Hazard - He responded well to Mourinho dropping him so can he pick up where he left off for Chelsea before the international break and put in another good performance against the Hammers?

Last time they met

Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United, Premier League, March 2013

It was a relatively comfortable afternoon for Chelsea as they kept up their pursuit of Champions League qualification as Frank Lampard scored his 200th goal for the club by heading home an Eden Hazard ball. Hazard doubled Chelsea's advantage five minutes after the interval by rifling home a strike after a one-two with Juan Mata. A comfortable Chelsea victory which could have been even more comprehensive. 

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