West Ham's Kouyate doesn't fear Chelsea, praises former Arsenal man Song

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Kouyate seems determined the side approaches the game at Stamford Bridge with confidence, whilst highlighting the key role former Arsenal man Alex Song has on the side.

West Ham United midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has said the side are in fourth place in the Premier League on merit, and going into their game against Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, he feels the side has nothing to fear.

The midfielder also had kind words to say about his partner in the middle of the park in Alex Song, with the pair becoming a stern force when it comes to controlling games for their opponents recently.

The Hammers continued their good start to the season with a 2-0 win over Leicester City at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday courtesy of goals from Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, consolidating their position in the top four places.

There are two difficult fixtures for the side to see the year out with. After their short trip to Stamford Bridge, they host Arsenal at home - both games are going to be big tests of the side's credentials to finish in the top flight.

Kouyate told West Ham TV: "We've nothing to lose at Chelsea because we're playing the best team in the league, in the country. They're first and it's no fluke. We'll go there with nothing to lose and without fear. If we're fearful, we're better off staying at home! This is football and we shouldn't forget it, we've got to enjoy it and we're going there to do just that."

West Ham have shown they can beat the sides with ambitions of finishing in the higher positions in the Premier League this season having defeated both Liverpool and Manchester City on their own patch, but it will be a different type of challenge going to Stamford Bridge. But those previous wins mentioned will leave them in good stead ahead of their clash with Arsenal.

Kouyate seems happy with the summer signing of Alex Song on loan from Barcelona, singling out the former Arsenal mind for praise for the role he performs at the heart of the Hammers' side.

He added: "Song calms the game down. To have someone with his experience, who knows how to keep the ball and calm the game is a bonus for us, particularly for me as I'm learning plenty by his side. It's good for the team."

Having that experienced player in the middle of the park will prove crucial for West Ham if they are to get the positive results they want in the next two games. It will be interesting to see how their league position looks going into the New Year as everyone will have a clearer picture of just how Allardyce's men are doing. Their start has been impressive, and winning one of the two games would send out a big message to anyone aspiring to finish fourth.

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