Chelsea will travel to Upton Park on Saturday in a London derby action. We take a look at the key elements that could play out in this game.
The blues won their last Premier league game against Aston Villa last weekend, the blues will aim to take all three points at West ham as they look for their first back to back win of the season. Jose Mourinho’s side started the season poorly and sits on the bottom half the Premier league table.
The blues are beginning to find their groove back but they still have a long way to go, they were disciplined in defense last week against Aston Villa and were ruthless in attack, they will look to draw confidence from their result last weekend as they face high flying West Ham. Nemanja Matic in particular is one of Jose’s out of form player that is beginning to look like his old sef. The midfielder along with Cesc Fabregas will be key in midfield. The Serbian is expected to Start against West Ham after his display against Dynamo Kiev. Jose Mourinho’s boys must continue to be solid defensively, a solid display will go a lot way as the team looks to build their confidence.
The hammers have been in superb form this season and they sit 4th on the Barclays Premier league table. The East london side are undefeated in their last six matches and possess a good record away from home. Slaven Bilic’s side will draw confidence from the fact that they have beaten Majority of the top sides this season which includes Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. West ham in form winger Victor moses will miss the game as he is ineligible to face his parent club.
Alex song is sidelined with an ankle injury while O’Brien will miss the game due to a calf injury. Reid is expected not to feature as he is still battling with an hip injury.
Pedro and Loic Remy remains doubtful to face West Ham but the duo will face a late fitness test to determine if they will travel with the team across London. Thibaut Courtois remains sidelined until december while Branislav Ivanovic is still recuperating from an harmstring injury.
The blues have won 4 of the last six meetings between the 2 sides with West Ham winning 1 and drawing 1. The two teams have met 103 times since 1903 with the blues winning 47 times, West Ham has been victorious 37 times while both sides have drawn 19 times.