Neil McDonald hoping Chelsea suffer Capital One Cup final hangover against West Ham

Upton Park

West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald is hoping to capitalise on Chelsea's Capital One Cup final celebrations.

West Ham will look to put an end to a dismal run of form when they take on Premier League leaders Chelsea at Upton Park tonight, and assistant manager Neil McDonald told the club's official website that he hopes Chelsea suffer a post-Capital One Cup final hangover.

The Hammers lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace on Saturday, which now means it's just one win in the last ten Premier League games for manager Sam Allardyce.

A number of recent injuries haven't helped their cause, but Allardyce is out of contract at the end of the season - and is effectively trying to prove that he deserves to stay for next season.

Unfortunately for him, they are tasked with a daunting challenge - facing league leaders Chelsea at Upton Park, just over two months after Jose Mourinho's men walked past the Hammers in a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

They are also coming off a 2-0 win over Tottenham in Sunday's Capital One Cup final, meaning Mourinho has landed his first piece of silverware since returning to West London almost two years ago.

The Blues have to end the celebrations now though, with a crucial game at Upton Park - but Allardyce's assistant manager McDonald told West Ham's official website that he's hoping to capitalise on Chelsea's recent celebrations.

"I think Chelsea are the best team in the country and they’ve just won the first silverware of the season, so hopefully we can catch them when they’re still celebrating winning the Capital One Cup," said McDonald.

"It might be wishful thinking to think they might come here with a bit of a hangover because they are very professional – that’s why they are top of the league and have the chance to make that lead even bigger," he added.

Mourinho will be aware of such hopes in the West Ham camp, and will be urging his players not to slip up in a potential banana skin game against the out-of-form Hammers.

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