After a midweek draw 0-0 with Fulham the run of Premier League games, without a win, has stretched to six, and for many Blues fans these are very uncomfortable times. Can Chelsea end this run at Upton Park ?! The hosts are determined to end their own drought when it comes to Premier League victories in recent weeks,especially after 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford from Man Utd?
West Ham which is currently the 10th placed team welcomes at their Upton Park the current European champion,Chelsea FC.The Blues are currently the third placed team,lagging behind for Manchester´s duo six and seven points.
As for their mutual encounters, the Blues were much more successful, as in their last five games they have celebrated four times, including two matches, two season´s ago, during which the Hammers last time played among the English elite.
Considering this season´s result so far, Hammers do not need to worry to much for survival among the Premier league elite, because they are playing well,and they are big seven points above the relegation zone.
In the seven home matches West Ham have lost only one, from city rivals Arsenal, while three times they have won and drew,along conceding a very small number of goals.
Exactly this solid game in defense should be a recipe for this match with Chelsea, and therefore West Ham United´s coach Allardyce announced that in the last line he will set up three stoppers, while O’Brien will cover the place of the left sideback instead of injured McCartney.
As for the current state of guests, it is definitely the worst since the start of this season. In the last six rounds the Blues did not celebrate , while in the Champions League, they have complicated their situation a lot after a high 3-0 defeat from Juventus.
Rafa Benitez, a former strategist of Liverpool, and now the new coach of Chelsea,in his first two appearances on the bench,has failed to bounce back the team on the winning track,even though in the past seven days Chelsea both times has played at Stamford Bridge.
Against Manchester City and Fulham, not only Chelsea did not get a win, but the Blues have failed to score a single goal, while on the other hand they did not conceded any,so with these two points Blues have only further increased its backlog for the leading duo from Manchester.
And when we add that Chelsea coach ,Rafa Benitez since he came on the bench does not have that much-needed support of fans the question is,how the rest of the season will look like for Chelsea fans .
For this match Benitez can not count on injured defender John Terry,Frank Lampard and striker Daniel Sturridge.
Last six West Ham United games: L/L/D/W/D/L
Last six Chelsea FC games: D/D/L/L/D/W
WEST HAM PROBABLE LINEUP :
Jaaskelainen;Demel, Reid, Collins, O’Brien;Jarvis, Diame, Noble, Nolan, Taylor;Carroll
CHELSEA PROBABLE LINEUP :
Cech;Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole;Ramires, Mikel;Mata, Oscar, Hazard;Torres