West ham will be hosting Chelsea football club in a battle of two London based side. West ham under the tutelage of Slaven Bilic have shown great technique and intent against top side like Arsenal, and Manchester city.
However, the east London side can only boast of one (1) home victory out of their last 4 league home games. The hammers will be hosting an improvising Chelsea side who in recent games as shown a better performance compared to how they faired earlier in the season.
West ham as failed to win Chelsea in their last five(5) meetings, with the recent one been the 1-0 defeat they suffered in the same ground tomorrow’s game will be going down. The defending champions did a double against their fellow London team on their way to clinch the tittle last season.
West ham sits 4th on the log, thanks to a beautiful start to the 2015/2016 campaign. The Hammers have 17 points in 9 games, and have suffered two(2) league defeat this season with both happening at Upton Park.
For the Visiting Team ” Chelsea Fc” they sits 12 on the log with 11 points, thanks to a more convincing performance leading to a victory over Aston Villa last weekend.
West Ham – Team News and Predicted Line-up
Slaven Bilic may give Andy Carroll a start, considering Chelsea’s woess at the back. Angelo Ogbonna will be deployed at the center of the defense in the absense of the injured Winston Ried.
West Ham will be without Alex Song, who is suffering from a back injury that forced him off in their 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the start of the month. Center back Winston Reid is another casuality who is out of action since the injury during the same match. Victor Moses is ineligible to play this match against his parent club due to the terms in his loan agreement.
Chelsea – Team News and Predicted Line-up
Eden Hazard is expected to retain his place in the starting eleven afrer missing the last premier league match against Aston Villa. Matic is pushing for a start at the expense of Ramires to partner Fabregas at the center of the midfield and at the defense John Terry will retain his spot with with Kurt Zouma likely to stay at right-back.
Thibaut Courtois and Branislav Ivanovic will miss the trip to West Ham due to injury, while Pedro and Loic Remy are the other absentees from the squad, after failing to prove their fitness.
A victory for Mourinho in this game will reduce the 6 point gap between Chelsea and West ham,and the ten(10) point gap between the defending champions and league leader “Manchester City” before the big one going down in Manchester on Sunday.