Chelsea is the last place West Ham would want to go
The Hammers travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday desperate for a positive result.
When you are fighting against relegation, the last place you want to go is Stamford Bridge.
They may not be able to catch Manchester United for the title and they may not be as invincible as they were at home, but they have only lost two league games at the Bridge this season and only conceded nine goals!
Three of those nine came in a 3-0 drubbing by Sunderland and 8/1 shots West Ham will need to provide a shock just as big on Saturday if they are to glean any points from this game.
Last season, Florent Malouda treated right back Jonathan Spector as if he had never played football in his life, scoring one and making a couple for Didier Drogba and Alex as Chelsea eased to a 4-1 win.
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It is difficult to know which of Chelsea’s multitude of strikers will play on Saturday, so it is probably safer to say that Malouda is the one to watch.
West Ham fans are notoriously pessimistic, so no doubt they will be thinking that Saturday will be the day that �50million Fernando Torres finally breaks his Chelsea duck.
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He has a good record against the Hammers and he must be itching for the chance to come up against West Ham’s fragile defence.
If he is not selected, there is always Drogba, who has 12 goals to his name this term, or Nicolas Anelka, whose 17 strikes have included eight in Europe.
And remember, Daniel Sturridge, not needed at Chelsea at the moment, tore the Hammers apart playing for Bolton a couple of weeks ago.
So, let’s look for some positives. The Blues do have to play Birmingham City tonight (Wednesday), so they may be more tired than West Ham.
John Terry will have to deal with the prospect of coming face to face with Wayne Bridge so that might put him off, while all Chelsea have to play for really is second place in the Premier League.
That, of course, sounds like clutching at straws, but then when you go to Chelsea, you probably have to.
As well as Bridge, Carlton Cole and Avram Grant will return to their old stamping ground, so maybe that will inspire them.
The last time West Ham won at the Bridge was back in 2003 when Jermain Defoe and a Paolo Di Canio double saw them home 3-2.
Oh for a repeat of that glorious day – the trouble is, that happens only once in a blue moon and this Saturday is unlikely to be any different.
Possible team: Cech, Terry, Cole, Ivanovic, Luiz, Malouda, Lampard, Mikel, Essien, Kalou, Torres.
Chelsea 3 West Ham 0