Sat 01 Dec 2012 12:45 (Attendance: 35,005)
The first away game under new management requires only a 13-mile trip across London. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton prepare for the District Line derby…
The good news is despite only equalling last season's draw with our near neighbours, Fulham, the Blues rose to third in the table (thanks to West Brom's loss) and remain eight points better off than in the corresponding Barclays Premier League matches last season. Another positive: we don't have to play again in November for almost a whole year.
That said, Chelsea have now failed to score in two successive league games for the first time since stalemates against Aston Villa and Spurs in September 2004. When the same pattern happened in November 2001 it was followed by a 2-0 win at Leeds United in the League Cup.
West Ham have not prevented Chelsea from scoring in our last 13 meetings.
It is often the draws that hamper a title challenge. Manchester United have tasted defeat more times than Chelsea this season but are yet to share points with any opponent. Unbeaten Man City are second because they have drawn five times, the same as the European champions.
With David Luiz suspended after receiving his fifth yellow card Chelsea will have to rearrange a back four that has managed consecutive shutouts. The silver lining to the absence of John Terry and illness to Gary Cahill moving Branislav Ivanovic infield is that César Azpilicueta now looks assured at right back, adding to the interim manager's reliable options.
The Blues will need to draw on all squad resources as we embark on a spell of nine matches in two continents and four competitions throughout December.
West Ham rank third on the list of teams against whom Chelsea have registered the most Premier League wins with 18. Only Tottenham (23) and Manchester City (20) games have yielded more victories.
No side can boast more successes against their current manager, Sam Allardyce, than Chelsea's 11. Irons goalie Jüssi Jääskeläinen (pictured below) has managed only one win in 19 meetings with the Blues compared with 14 defeats.
The Hammers' recent form has been fitful. Although Andy Carroll opened his account at White Hart Lane they were soundly beaten 1-3. The Hammers needed to respond to arguably their worst performance this season in that derby match.
In midweek, although they went behind after half a minute at Old Trafford to a fortuitously deflected Robin van Persie shot, they battled well, had chances of their own and stopped Man United from adding to their total.
The Irons are unbeaten in three games at the Boleyn, two of them draws against Man City and Stoke. Following Fulham's blanket defence at the Bridge, interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has welcomed playing away since home sides are generally more inclined to attack Chelsea and perhaps leave gaps to exploit.
Chelsea have already enjoyed capital gains at the Emirates and White Hart Lane this season. Victory at the Boleyn Ground would complete the set on the home turfs of our most enduring London rivals.
Lunchtime live TV kick-offs seem to have a reputation for being somnambulant affairs, yet the away victories at Arsenal (2-1) and Spurs (4-2) were both 12.45pm starts and obviously highly enjoyable from the west London perspective.
|Premier London League|
Barclays Premier League fixtures
West Ham v Chelsea 12.45pm - Sky Sports
Arsenal v Swansea 3pm
Fulham v Tottenham 3pm
Liverpool v Southampton 3pm
Manchester City v Everton 3pm
QPR v Aston Villa 3pm
West Brom v Stoke 3pm
Reading v Manchester United 5.30pm - ESPN
Norwich v Sunderland 4pm - Sky Sports
Newcastle v Wigan 8pm - Sky Sports
|Barclays Premier League table half|
The FA Cup third round draw is live on ITV1 on Sunday 2 December at approximately 2.40pm.
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Chelsea aim for make it six wins in seven visits to the Boleyn Ground. Clive Walker weighs up how that might be achieved.
'Obviously both sides want to see an improvement on their midweek games. West Ham played quite well at Old Trafford but still lost and Chelsea's performance was flat by usual standards.
'The Hammers' mindset will most likely be that they're glad they're playing at home after two tough away trips. They'll have seen that following the change of management at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are no longer giving goals away but are not firing upfront at the moment. But Sam Allardyce will be reminding them the attacking potential is still very much there in the visiting team, and his lads will have to make sure they're right on their game if they hope to get a result. He won't want them to suffer the backlash after Chelsea have been widely criticised.
'There are some positives about the way the team are playing under Benitez. The clean sheets, for example, and pressing higher up the pitch on Wednesday night, although we can put quite a lot of that down to Fulham. Dimitar Berbatov, impressive as he was, doesn't run the channels, so we could push up against their defenders and win the ball a lot earlier.
'The negative way Fulham played was all about securing a point, with it being down to us to take the game to them. I can't see West Ham approaching the game the same way, which should work in our favour.
'The quality of ball into Fernando Torres and others in the final third has to improve if we are to gain anything from this derby. We've not given a goal away and some people are saying that's boring but there has to be a balance found - we were conceding too many goals before.
'Those clean sheets are important - mentally as much as anything. We're not perfect and Rafa needs to make things happen upfront, but he's started with the basics - i.e. defending - and from the managerial perspective that is going about things the right way.
'We know we can keep it tight at the back, and that West Ham will come on to us more. They still play quite direct up to Andy Carroll and he has given us lots of problems - he scored in the FA Cup final, remember. If we can stop the supply to him at source we can start our attacks further up the pitch and have a go at their backline.
'Our back four has to be changed for the first time under Benitez because David Luiz is suspended. I don't see a problem as Gary Cahill was on the bench on Wednesday. We've kept two clean sheets without John Terry, and don't need to rush him back - we need JT for the rest of the season.
'So you can imagine Cahill can step in, keeping the other three the same. Cesar Azpilicueta has done pretty well coming in: he's doing a job. He can't cross a ball like Jose Bosingwa but he defends much times better. He'll only get better for the run of games.
'The final ball and movement are the problems Rafa will be trying to solve upfront. We have been delightful going forward earlier in the season and as supporters we've liked it. Now we need wins, and the manager must be working his socks off to get things right in attack.
'They have a very good midfield but you definitely have to ask questions about the Hammers defensively. Jussi Jaaskelainen, Winston Reid… if we're more elusive in our attacking flow I cannot see them living with us.
'I'm certain Rafa will stick with Fernando Torres but I bet he's working intensively with him on the training ground. He won a lot of balls in the air against Man City and Fulham, but he's not latching onto the chances at present.
'A lot of our goalscoring problems are about players' decision-making, and that's what makes someone world-class. We should not be at the level where a player shoots because the crowd tells him to or because no one's had a pop for while.
'Juan Mata came on and looked a really bright spark. With a heavy workload ahead the manager probably thought there was enough in the team he picked to beat Fulham and he could rest him. I think Mata will start on Saturday.'
For West Ham, Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder), Alou Diarra (thigh) and Jack Collison (knee) are out injured.
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WE HAVE HISTORY
Chelsea are looking to extend our unbeaten run against West Ham to 14 games in all competitions. We have won 11 and drawn two of the last 13.
One of the most memorable was the opening day of the 1966/67 season against former Blue Ron Greenwood's Irons. The Chelsea dressing room had been in a state of flux as Tommy Docherty responded to challenges to his authority. Absent, sold in the summer, were Terry Venables, Bert Murray and Barry Bridges.
Wantaway goalie Peter Bonetti seemed already to have one foot in the West Ham camp - he was unhappy Chelsea had rejected a £65,000 transfer bid from the Upton Park side. The Doc had also signed Millwall's Alec Stepney from under the Hammers' noses and pledged to alternate the two keepers on a weekly basis while deciding who to keep.
As a fellow 1966 World Cup-winner, Bonetti might even have lined up with their three heroes Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst when they walked out to the centre circle before kick off and accepted the adulation from all ends of the sun-bathed ground. Chelsea's players joined the applause.
Disgruntled he may have been, but The Cat was never unprofessional, and turned in one his best performances against the east enders. The hosts were fluid and dangerous, and he made several fine saves, especially from Hurst and Peters, and was beaten only once, by a Ronnie Boyce header from close range.
('If Peter keeps playing like this,' said Docherty afterwards, 'it will be like understudying Stanley Matthews in his prime.' Stepney was soon sold to Manchester United.)
The travelling fans chanted 'Attack, attack!' but this Chelsea side, in white shirts, blue shorts and red socks, still boasted skill and spirit, not least in the form of young Peter Osgood, Bobby Tambling, Johnny Hollins and late 1965/66 signing Charlie Cooke, making his league debut as Venables' replacement.
Like all classic Docherty sides they attacked with verve and running in a 4-3-3 formation, although Cooke and Osgood distinguished themselves with more play-opening dribbles than was typical of previous Chelsea sides.
Young midfielder Hollins was also coming into his own as a schemer. He opened the scoring before half time with a cunningly worked free kick from 25 yards awarded for a foul on Cooke. Left-back Eddie McCreadie, playing in midfield (as was Osgood), stood over the ball, seemingly about to pass to Cooke.
Tambling strolled over as if to discuss something but when McCreadie placed the ball on the turf Tambling passed the ball through his legs to Hollins, who thumped it into the top left corner past stunned Hammers' keeper Jim Standen, silencing the majority of a crowd of almost 36,000.
Boyce's equaliser came in the 57th minute and the Hammers were on top when, with just under 20 minutes remaining, Cooke surged down the centre of the field 80 yards, beat a defender and struck a low left-foot shot towards the right-hand post. Standen half-dived then appeared to think the shot was going wide and left it, only to see the side-netting billow, to the delight of the visiting players and supporters.
'We shall be all right,' said Greenwood afterwards. 'We shall not be meeting Bonetti every week.'
Final score: Club That Won The World Cup 1 Chelsea 2.
Back to the present and West Ham's last victory against Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground was in May 2003 when a Paulo Di Canio goal secured the points. The Hammers became the first team to achieve the double against us and suffer relegation in the same season since Oldham managed it in 1993/94.
Our last 10 league meetings at Upton Park
1999/00 - Drew 0-0
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
Other match that season
23 April 2011 Stamford Bridge
Chelsea ……………3 West Ham……………0
Chelsea v West Ham in all competitions
Games played 97
Chelsea wins 43
West Ham wins 36
Head to head in the League at Upton Park
Games played 43
Chelsea wins 13
West Ham wins 22
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
Visit again tomorrow for part two of the Briefing.
We have two wins in the last 10 games in all competitions including four defeats.
The Blues are eight points better off after 14 games compared with the corresponding games last season.
Chelsea have not lost when we have opened the scoring (six wins, two draws)
We have won just four points from the last 18 available.
Chelsea with six, along with Manchester City and Stoke, have kept the most clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League.
Over five and a half hours have passed since Chelsea last scored a goal.
|Last six results|
|Nov 7||Shakhtar Donetsk (Champions League h)||W 3-2|
|Nov 11||Liverpool (h)||D 1-1|
|Nov 17||West Brom (a)||L 1-2|
|Nov 20||Juventus (Champions League a)||L 0-3|
|Nov 25||Manchester City (a)||D 0-0|
|Nov 28||Fulham (h)||D 0-0|
Premier League scorers
Mata 4, Torres 4, Hazard 3 (1 pen), Ivanovic 3, Lampard 3 (2 pens), Cahill 2, Cole 1, Moses 1, Ramires 1, Sturridge 1, Terry 1. Total 24
League games since
An away win: 2
An away draw: 1
An away defeat: 0
|Chelsea's next three games|
|Wed 5 Dec||Nordsjaelland (Champions League) home||7.45pm|
|Sat 8 Dec||Sunderland away||3pm|
|Thu 13 Dec||Ulsan Hyundai or Monterrey Yokohama (FIFA Club World Cup semi-final)||10.30am UK time|
Ashley Cole is set to make his 350th Premier League appearance.
We need two more goals for the half century for the season. Today is our 24th match.
WEST HAM STATS
3 FA Cups, last in 1980
1 European Cup Winners' Cup in 1965
1 FA Charity Shield in 1964 (shared with Liverpool)
West Ham have won 12 points from a possible 21 at Upton Park this term.
They have won three - against Aston Villa, Fulham and Southampton, drew three to Sunderland, Manchester City and Stoke and lost one to Arsenal.
The Hammers are unbeaten in their last three at Upton Park. Overall they have won one and lost three of their last six home and away.
The Irons have not won any of the six games in which their opposition scored first.
West Ham have conceded the most fouls and have received more yellow cards than any other team in the Barclays Premier League.
The Hammers have only conceded six goals in their seven home Premier League games.
Manager Sam Allardyce
Days in charge: 549
|West Ham's last 10 year league history|
|2003/04||74||4th||League Division One||2|
|Last six results|
|Oct 27||Wigan (a)||L 1-2|
|Nov 3||Manchester City (h)||D 0-0|
|Nov 11||Newcastle (a)||W 1-0|
|Nov 19||Stoke (h)||D 1-1|
|Nov 25||Tottenham (a)||L 1-3|
|Nov 28||Manchester United (a)||L 0-1|
2012/13 Premier League scorers
Nolan 5, Noble 2 (1 pen), Carroll 1, Diame 1, Jarvis 1, Maiga 1, O'Brien 1, Reid 1, Taylor 1, Tomkins 1, Vaz Te 1. Total 16.
League games since
A home win: 2
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 3
WEST HAM MAJOR SUMMER MOVES
Ins Matt Jarvis (Wolves, £10.75m), Modibo Maíga (Sochaux, £4.7m), Alou Diarra (Marseille, £2m), James Collins (Aston Villa, £2.5m), Mohamed Diame (Wigan, free), Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton, free), George McCartney (Sunderland, free), Raphael Spiegel (Grasshopper Zurich, undisclosed), Andy Carroll (Liverpool, loan), Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea, loan), Stephen Henderson (Portsmouth, undisclosed).
Outs Sam Baldock (Bristol City, £1.1m), Nicky Maynard (Cardiff, £2.5m), Pablo Barrera (Cruz Azul, undisclosed), Robert Green (QPR, free), Ravel Morrison (Birmingham, loan), Frank Nouble (Wolves, free), Freddie Sears (Colchester, free), Abdoulaye Faye (Hull, free), Julien Faubert (Elazigspor, free), John Carew (released), Pape Bouba Dio (released)
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Martin Atkinson is refereeing his second Chelsea game of the season; he was the official at the Emirates for our 2-1 win at Arsenal in September. Chelsea have lost just one of the 23 matches Atkinson has officiated since 2006.
David Luiz (one match) is suspended for reaching five yellow cards.
Ramires is one yellow card away from a one match domestic suspension. He is currently on four bookings.
Yossi Benayoun is unable to play as a result of the terms of his loan.
The Blues slipped to defeat at Upton Park, throwing away a 1-0 half-time lead with a poor second-half display.
The home side were grateful to only be trailing by one goal at the break after we dominated the opening 45 minutes, but had only Juan Mata's 12th-minute goal to show for our efforts, his eighth of the season.
The introduction of Mohamed Diame at the break saw West Ham improve dramatically, and they equalised through Carlton Cole just after the hour mark.
With four minutes left to play, Diame drove West Ham in front from close-range, and our misery was compounded in added time when the substitute Modibo Maiga made it 3-1, pouncing on a loose ball after Cech had denied Matt Taylor.
Wednesday's Champions League clash with FC Nordsjaelland will hopefully bring about a reversal in fortunes, and it must, if we are to stand any chance of preserving our place in the Champions League.
Benitez, who took charge of the Blues for the first time on the road, made four changes from the side which drew 0-0 against Fulham on Wednesday night.
With Andy Carroll unavailable for the home side after sustaining a knee injury, West Ham United's attack was spearheaded by former Chelsea man Cole.
The opening stages of this London derby were dominated by simple passes going astray, with players from both sides culpable.
Fernando Torres was showing early signs of promise, looking comfortable in possession and running confidently at the West Ham defence, but with both teams having struggled to produce anything in the way of goalmouth action, Chelsea took the lead after 12 minutes.
Moses picked the ball up wide on the right before delivering a lovely pass into the path of the advancing Torres, and the Spaniard displayed great vision to pick out his fellow countryman Mata, who had ghosted into the penalty area unmarked and calmly stroked his effort into the bottom corner beyond Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The Hammers were looking vulnerable at the back, and shortly after we should have doubled our advantage when Ramires broke down the left and picked out Moses who was free inside the box, but the winger failed to find a proper connection and the hosts were able to clear.
It was a lacklustre start by Sam Allardyce's men, and the home supporters were beginning to vent their frustration.
As a West Ham corner came to nothing, the Blues again broke at speed; Mata fed Ramires, but the Brazilian, rather than seeking out Branislav Ivanovic, opted for Torres, who was crowded out and fired high over the bar.
In truth, we could been out of sight by the half-hour mark, and probably would have been but for too many poor decisions in the final third.
Hazard was unlucky with a rasping effort on the turn following decent work on the right of the penalty area by Cahill, while Mata was almost put clean through by the Belgian, only for his first touch to take it away from him.
West Ham were huffing and puffing without causing us too many serious problems, and while Kevin Nolan did have a goal ruled out following a foul by James Collins, it had been their only real attempt on goal.
It took a stunning save by Jaaskelainen to prevent Mata from doubling his tally for the afternoon five minutes before the break after Moses had beaten two defenders with a lovely piece of skill, and the home side appeared to be praying for the half-time whistle.
West Ham threatened to level in the closing minutes of the first half, and it came amid controversial circumstances.
After a hopeful punt was lumped forward, Petr Cech came to clear the danger, but as his punch appeared to come outside the box, the home fans appealed for a dismissal.
Martin Atkinson, to our relief, produced just a yellow card, and after the subsequent free-kick by Collins was blocked, Cech produced a stunning save to push Nolan's header over the bar.
Allardyce, clearly frustrated at his side's display in the opening 45 minutes, made a double substitution at the break, replacing James Tomkins and Gary O'Neill with Diame and Taylor.
Buoyed by the change, it was the Hammers who started the second half the stronger, with both Cahill and Azpilicueta forced into important blocks to deny Cole and Nolan respectively.
Cahill then required treatment having been kicked in the face by Cole as, once again, the defender put his body on the line in a bid to maintain our advantage.
Next it was Ivanovic's turn to keep us in front, clearing from a miss-hit Nolan effort as Cole looked set to pounce with the goal at his mercy.
The introduction of Diame, in particular, appeared to spark the home side into life, and the Senegalese midfielder was making his presence felt in the middle of the park.
West Ham's pressure eventually told just after the hour when Cole headed them level, and it was a goal, from a defensive point of view, which appeared to be preventable.
Jarvis twisted and turned out wide on the left before delivering a cross which deflected off Cahill, and as the ball dropped down, Cole, who looked to be climbing on Ivanovic, reacted quickest to head past Cech at the near-post.
Our advantage was almost restored instantly, however, when we went straight up the other end and were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box.
Mata stepped up and curled a delightful effort beyond Jaaskelainen, but with the goalkeeper well beaten, the ball cannoned of his left-hand upright and away to safety.
Benitez opted to make our first substitution of the afternoon midway through the half, replacing Hazard with Oscar as the game began to open up.
Oscar looked to find Torres with a clipped ball over the top, but there was too much weight on it, while Mata had an effort blocked as he cut in from wide on the right.
Marko Marin was then introduced to the action, replacing Moses wide on the left in a straight swap as time began to ebb away.
It was the home side, though, who came closest to taking the lead, twice in quick succession.
Jarvis had the first chance, racing on to Noble's through-ball, but the winger dithered, and when he did eventually get his shot away, Cech was equal to it, palming his strike behind for a corner.
As the resulting delivery was swung into the box, Winston Reid rose highest, and as his header flew past a stranded Cech, Ashley Cole produced a marvellous clearance to keep the scores level.
With four minutes left to play, however, West Ham did make the breakthrough, leaving us with a mountain to climb.
The ball was worked into Cole inside the box, and as the striker used his power to hold off the challenge of Cahill, he rolled his pass into the path of the unmarked Diame, who in turn smashed his strike past Cech, sending the home fans wild.
The game, which we'd controlled throughout the opening half, had got away from us, and in stoppage time matters took a turn for the worse.
Modibo Maiga intercepted a clearance from Cole, before releasing Taylor. His shot was well saved by Cech, but the rebound fell invitingly into the path of Maiga who made no mistake from close-range, leaving us searching for a first league win since October.
West Ham United (4-1-4-1): Jaaskelainen; Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien; Tomkins (Diame h/t); O'Neil (Taylor h/t), Noble, Nolan (c), Jarvis; Cole (Maiga 87).
Unused substitutes: Spiegel, Spence, Fanimo, Moncur.
Scorers Cole 63, Diame 85, Maiga 90+1
Booked Noble 65
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech (c); Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole; Mikel, Ramires; Moses (Marin 78), Mata, Hazard (Oscar 72); Torres.
Unused substitutes: Turnbull, Ferreira, Romeu, Bertrand, Piazon.
Scorer Mata 12
Booked Cech 44, Mikel 64
Referee Martin Atkinson