PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: WEST HAM UNITED V CHELSEA - PART TWO
As another London derby day dawns, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton complete their preview of the match...
WE HAVE HISTORY
All but two league meetings at Upton Park have been played in the top flight. Last December was our first defeat there against the Hammers in 14 games in all competitions. We had won 11 and drawn two of the previous 13.
It was also our first reverse at Upton Park in 10 years, since a second half Paulo Di Canio goal secured the three points for relegation-bound West Ham in May 2003.
The first 10 trips to the Boleyn were unsuccessful for west London's finest. No win was registered there until the opening match of the 1966/67 season. The Hammers' three World Cup-winning stars were handed a hero's welcome in bright sunshine before the kick-off but it was Tommy Docherty's Chelsea, with Charlie Cooke the greatest creative influence, who took the plaudits afterwards.
Former Stamford Bridge defender Ron Greenwood had no answer to the fluidity of the visitors' play, which led to a well-deserved opening goal 10 minutes before half-time, a reward for the tireless midfielder John Hollins.
Ronnie Boyce beat Bonetti to level the scores just before the hour mark but Cooke capped a brilliant league debut by scoring the winner on 71 minutes. Docherty's men topped the table in the autumn but drifted off the pace to finish the season ninth; West Ham wound up 16th.
Forty seasons later the relegation-threatened Irons were hoping for a midweek miracle against a Jose Mourinho side chasing a third successive Premier League title.
Shaun Wright-Phillips put in one of his best performances for the Blues, opening the scoring by tricking the home defenders, cutting inside and finishing past Robert Green left-footed.
Carlos Tevez opened his career account against Chelsea - eight goals in 12 encounters - to equalise with an unstoppable shot past Petr Cech. That was the first goal the Chelsea goalie had conceded in 13 hours and 49 minutes of league football.
Straight from the kick-off the Blues restored control and soared away from the hosts. Left-back Wayne Bridge surged forward virtually unimpeded and crossed for Wright-Phillips to volley his second of the match and provide a 2-1 half-time lead.
Early in the second half Salomon Kalou extended the margin (pictured below). Hammers fans were as usual fired up at the sight of their successful former player Frank Lampard. Nigel Reo-Coker became the latest to have a hack at the Chelsea midfielder and from the free kick, Kalou headed in his sixth league goal of the season.
Fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba, looking for his 31st goal of 2006/07, put one golden opportunity wide of Green's goal, but with half an hour remaining placed the result beyond doubt. Lampard found the striker with a lofted pass and Drogba brushed off Lucas Neill's challenge before lacing the ball through Green. The game finished 4-1. Chelsea would end the season runners-up and the Hammers eluded the drop by three points.
Our last 10 league meetings at Upton Park
2000/01 - Chelsea won 2-0
2001/02 - West Ham won 2-1
2002/03 - West Ham won 1-0
2005/06 - Chelsea won 3-1
2006/07 - Chelsea won 4-1
2007/08 - Chelsea won 4-0
2008/09 - Chelsea won 1-0
2009/10 - Drew 1-1
2010/11 - Chelsea won 3-1
2012/13 - West Ham won 3-1
Other fixture last season
17 March 2013 Barclays Premier League
Chelsea………..……2 West Ham…..……….…0
Chelsea v West Ham in all competitions
Games played 99
Chelsea wins 44
West Ham wins 37
Head to head in the League at Upton Park
Games played 44
Chelsea wins 13
West Ham wins 23
Biggest league win at Upton Park for each team
14/02/1981 - West Ham 4-0 Chelsea
01/03/2008 - West Ham 0-4 Chelsea
Chelsea failed to score at Upton Park: 3,857
West Ham last won a home London derby: 357
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,108
Liverpool won the league: 8,603
Chelsea have scored twice as many Barclays Premier League goals as hosts West Ham, but only one goal separates the pair's defensive record: the Blues have let in 10 to to the Hammers' 11.
The biggest conundrum to be solved by Jose Mourinho is on the road, as his side has only the 13th best away record in the top-flight this season, with just four goals scored in five matches.
During the Portuguese's first spell at Chelsea Sam Allardyce's Bolton lost all three matches at the Reebok Stadium without managing a goal. This week he has personnel missing through injuries but he and his players have targeted this as a match with points up for grabs.
Their successes this season have often been born of sitting back, aiming to frustrate the opposition and attacking on the counter.
Last season here, under Rafael Benitez and without local favourites John Terry or Frank Lampard, Chelsea took an early lead, failed to capitalise on a number of further chances then faded badly to go down 1-3.
Whether the home fans will allow their players to act like an away team at home against a much disliked London rival is debatable. However the Irons' attacking options are limited. The fact Kevin Nolan (pictured below) is the West Ham player most often caught offside this season says much.
While there remains no return date for Andy Carroll and Ricardo Vaz Te suffering a shoulder injury, Allardyce might use former Blue Carlton Cole, re-signed in the summer and challenged to prove his fitness. Or, as has been the case on several occasions, he may use an attacking midfielder such as Nolan or the impressive former wild child Ravel Morrison as the spearhead.
The manager has experimented with Modibo Maiga and Mladen Petric upfront but evidently felt it would not produce the necessary goals.
That is typical of the intelligent game-plans Allardyce tailors to the opposition. He likes his side to be inventive on set-plays. However a failure to deal the same situations has cost a lot of goals.
As Eden Hazard has set up more attempts on goal from open play than any other Premier League player and Samuel Eto'o has found his scoring touch, West Ham may have more concerns at the other end of their team.
Injury rules out top-performing defender Winston Reid, while fellow centre-back James Collins and left-back Razvan Rat have both been troubled by hamstring problems.
West Ham's 3-1 loss at Norwich reflected most poorly on their back four and goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen but 32-year-old Alou Diaby may be available to bolster defensive midfield.
He returned after a knee ligament injury to play 90 minutes in a friendly against Gillingham last week; Carlton Cole also figured.
Chelsea are yet to concede from outside the box so far this campaign. Ashley Cole's rib discomfort means Cesar Azpilicueta will retain his place at left-back. As with all selections Mourinho will have one eye on Tuesday's Champions League action, which could secure progress to the knockout stages.
Another old boy likely to face the Blues is midfielder Joe Cole. His trickery and technical ability were moulded into consistent effectiveness during Mourinho's first stay.