Saturday will see a London derby as West Ham look to discover some steady form this season and take the scalp of visiting Chelsea.
The Hammers currently find themselves on their worst run of results since ‘Big Sam’ took over at Upton Park. Two losses and three draws have seen them slump to 16th in the league, outside the relegation zone only on goal difference. While the rise of Ravel Morrison has been well documented it has distracted some from their problems in front of goal. They have scored in just five of their 11 league games so far this season and boast the worst current home form in the league. Picking up just six points from nine games is worrying form and will need to be turned around very quickly.
Jose Mourinho still has an unbeaten home record at Stamford Bridge in the league, all be it possible a little fortuitously. What is interesting is the club has picked up the same amount of points from 11 games as Rafa Benitez did during his stint at the helm. However the Special One can still do no wrong and they are in a good position to mount a title challenge come the turn of the year. This game represents a run which supporters will expect five wins out of a possible five, and if any squad has the quality to pull it off it is Chelsea. What will be cause for slight concern is Chelsea’s record against top half clubs to date this season – only six points from six games.
Razvan Rat was injured on international duty and will be a doubt for Saturday’s game. Winston Reid has undergone ankle surgery and will be a long term absentee, but Joey O’Brien and James Collins should be fit.
Fernando Torres will not be ready to face West Ham as he continues to recover from a adductor muscle injury.
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