Chelsea vs West Ham - Match preview and team news
West Ham will be looking to complete a likely double over Chelsea with a win at Stamford Bridge following their 3-1 triumph at Upton Park back in December.
Chelsea came from two goals behind last weekend in the FA Cup quarter-final to force a replay against Manchester United, but scraped through their Europa League clash with Steaua Bucharest in midweek.
Rafa Benitez has taken 28 points from 48 possible in the league with Chelsea and will be hoping for a further three to strengthen their push for a Champions League place. Demba Ba could start ahead of Fernando Torres, after the Spaniard scored, missed a penalty and suffered a bloody nose on Thursday.
The Hammers have found it tough away from East London, losing nine times this season. However, Sam Allardyce’s side have won two from their last four, including a win away at Stoke in their last trip, and will be looking to heap more pressure from Chelsea fans on Benitez with a derby day win.
Mark Noble and James Tomkins should be back involved after injury and illness respectively, but Kevin Nolan is a doubt with a foot injury. Joe Cole misses out with a hamstring problem.
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