Sat 23 Nov 2013 17:30 (Attendance: 34,977)
After the international break, a run of nine matches leading up to Christmas begins in the east of London. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look for capital gains…
Chelsea are unbeaten in six league matches against other London sides but a visit to the Boleyn is sometimes a form-book flouter. Much like the Fulham derby, our clashes with West Ham have been less common than might be imagined. It is the 90 years since the initial Division One meetings on 20 and 27 October 1923, a home draw and away defeat for the Pensioners, and up to now we have played each other 99 times.
There was a 26-year gap between 1932 and 1958 and that corner of east London was rarely a happy hunting ground when Chelsea did pay a visit. (See We Have History for more.)
The table turned in the Blues' favour in the 1990s and a decade later four successive wins were posted behind the Boleyn's mighty castle turrets. The defeat in 2003 was the last game at there in which Chelsea have failed to hit the target.
Our 3-1 defeat last December at Upton Park was the only time last season we scored first and lost and the only time that West Ham conceded the first goal and won. A fortnight ago the West Bromwich Albion match became the first in which we scored first and dropped points this campaign.
Late goals have become a key feature of the current league season, with the Blues striking seven times from the 75th minute onwards, the most in the top flight. (Manchester United, Southampton and Swansea have each scored five.)
The Blues have conceded once in the same timeframe, whereas only Cardiff City (seven) and Sunderland (eight) have conceded more than our Saturday evening hosts.
The example that will be fresh in the minds of Chelseaites despite the two-week intermission is that Eden Hazard penalty equaliser against the Baggies.
It was timed at 95 minutes and 18 seconds and is the second latest recorded by our club since accurate timings have been taken, edging out Branislav Ivanovic's fourth goal (from Hazard's pass) against Reading at the Bridge on 22 August 2012, which registered at 94 minutes and 33 seconds.
Neither come close to Juan Mata's debut strike on 27 August 2011 at home to Norwich City, which came in at 100 minutes and 33 seconds and is still the latest for Chelsea. The 11 minutes of additional time resulted from an injury to Didier Drogba.
Neither of the others meant as much to the team in terms of points as Hazard's spot-kick, nor, perhaps, to the player involved. The Belgian's ice-cool dispatch will have boosted his confidence immeasurably and was his fifth goal in six league and Champions League matches, and his shot had set up Samuel Eto'o's opener.
Chelsea officially enjoyed 68 per cent of the possession against the Baggies. Further evidence of the meaninglessness of that indicator on its own was provided a day later when Spurs (65 per cent at home to Newcastle), Arsenal (60 per cent at Old Trafford), and Manchester City (63 per cent at Sunderland) all failed to convert possession into points. By Sunday evening Hazard's goal was looking like a winner.
The international break just endured is the last until the new year. Results for Chelsea following the players' global excursions have been mixed so far this season: two wins at home to Hull and Cardiff, but a 0-1 defeat at Everton.
Despite no further FIFA interventions the run to Christmas will be busy for both squads after this weekend. West Ham have eight further games before December is out, including a Capital One Cup quarter-final against revenge-seeking Tottenham. Chelsea, with Champions League midweeks at Basel and against Steaua too, face 10 outings over the same timespan.
Sam Allardyce's squad of 25 has been ravaged by injury and illness and they capitulated 1-3 having taken the lead at Norwich two weeks ago. Although that meant four Premier League games without a win, the Hammers are stronger at home and have kept six clean sheets in 11 matches. Allardyce's main concern is that they have stopped scoring too, managing just two goals in the last four league games.
'Our points total is less than the games we have played,' said the manager last weekend, 'which is very, very dangerous.'
The sight of the former Bolton stopper on Saturday will remind some Chelsea fans of another memorable late goal 35 years ago at the Bridge. Substitute Clive Walker inspired a young Blues side to overturn a 0-3 deficit into a 3-3 draw with three minutes to go. Two minutes later Allardyce attempted to clear a low cross but only succeeded in turning it into his own net to gift Ken Shellito's team a remarkable comeback victory.
Southampton's top three credentials face a test at Emirates this weekend, where two of their most recent trips have ended in 6-1 defeats. Roberto Martinez lost three of his eight encounters with Liverpool while manager of Wigan; Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers has not beaten Everton in four attempts. Cardiff and Manchester United have not met since March 1975 in the old Second Division.
Barclays Premier League fixtures
Everton v Liverpool 12.45pm BT Sport
Arsenal v Southampton 3pm
Fulham v Swansea 3pm
Hull v Crystal Palace 3pm
Newcastle v Norwich 3pm
Stoke v Sunderland 3pm
West Ham v Chelsea 5.30pm Sky Sports
Manchester City v Tottenham 1.30pm Sky Sports
Cardiff v Manchester United 4pm Sky Sports
West Brom v Aston Villa 8pm Sky Sports
|Barclays Premier League top eight|
|Premier London League|
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.
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
Only Southampton and Tottenham have conceded fewer goals than Chelsea's 10 in 11 league outings
Our defeat at Newcastle in our last away game was only our second in our last 19 Barclays Premier League matches.
The Blues have scored four goals in our five away league games this term, failing to score in three of them. We have won five points from a possible 15.
We have gained five points with late goals against Norwich, Man City and West Brom
In our last 19 Premier League games we have won 41 points from a possible 57.
|Last six results|
|Oct 22||Schalke (Champions League a)||W 3-0|
|Oct 27||Manchester City (h)||W 2-1|
|Oct 29||Arsenal (Capital One Cup a)||W 2-0|
|Nov 2||Newcastle (a)||L 0-2|
|Nov 6||Schalke (Champions League h)||W 3-0|
|Nov 9||West Brom (h)||D 2-2|
League games since
An away win: 1
An away draw: 2
An away defeat: 0
|Chelsea's next three games|
|Tue 26 Nov||Basel (Champions League) away||7.45pm|
|Sun 1 Dec||Southampton home||4.10pm|
|Wed 4 Dec||Sunderland (Premier League) away||7.45pm|
Michael Essien's next appearance will be his 250th for the club.
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)
Premier League - 10th
FA Cup - Third round
Capital One Cup - Third round
West Ham have won four points from a possible 15 at Upton Park this term. Their only home win was on the opening day against Cardiff. Since then they have lost three to Stoke, Everton and Man City and drawn to Aston Villa in their last match at Upton Park.
The Hammers have not gained any points from losing positions.
Only Sunderland and Crystal Palace have scored fewer than West Ham's nine and they have failed to score in six of their eleven Premier League matches.
Only Tottenham with seven have kept more league clean sheets than West Ham's six.
Manager Sam Allardyce
Days in charge: 906
|West Ham's last 10 year league history|
|2003/04||74||4th||League Division One||2|
|Last six results|
|Oct 6||Tottenham (a)||W 3-0|
|Oct 19||Man City (h)||L 1-3|
|Oct 27||Swansea (a)||D 0-0|
|Oct 29||Burnley (Capital One Cup a)||W 2-0|
|Nov 2||Aston Villa (a)||D 0-0|
|Nov 9||Norwich (a)||L 1-3|
Premier League scorers: (9)
Morrison 3, Vaz Te 2, J Cole 1, Noble 1 (pen), Nolan 1, Reid 1
League games since
A home win: 4
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 1
HAMMERS' MAJOR SUMMER MOVES AND AUTUMN LOANS
Ins Razvan Rat (Shakhtar Donetsk, free), Adrian (Real Betis, free), Andy Carroll (Liverpool, £15m), Danny Whitehead (Stockport, undisclosed), Stewart Downing (Liverpool, £5m), Mladen Petric (Fulham, free)
Outs Gary O'Neil (QPR, free), Robert Hamm (Bolton, £450,000)
NB Carlton Cole left on 30 June at the end of his contract but re-signed on 14 October
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The referee is Chris Foy. He is handling a Chelsea game for the first time since our FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester City in April.
There are no suspensions.
Branislav Ivanovic is one domestic booking away from a suspension having received four yellow cards this season.
A ruthless Chelsea display in east London saw us move up to third in the Barclays Premier League table, level on points with Liverpool, as a Frank Lampard brace and a well-taken Oscar goal secured a 3-0 win against West Ham United.
Lampard opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 21st minute after Oscar had been brought down by Jussi Jaaskelainen, and the Brazilian extended our lead 13 minutes later with a low drive from outside the box.
The Blues had been in control of proceedings for much of the game, and though West Ham briefly threatened during the second half, Lampard put the seal on a thoroughly deserved victory when he made it 3-0 eight minutes from time.
A first league win in three will undoubtedly please Jose Mourinho, particularly given the manner of the performance, and we head into Tuesday's Champions League encounter with Basel in fine shape.
Mourinho made just the one change from the side which drew 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion a fortnight ago, with John Mikel Obi coming into the starting line-up and playing as the deep midfielder in a 4-3-3, Willian dropping down to the bench. Cesar Azpilicueta started at left-back for the third consecutive match, with Gary Cahill partnering captain John Terry. Lampard started against his former club and with Fernando Torres still unavailable, Samuel Eto'o led the line.
For the home side, Joe Cole made his first appearance against the Blues since leaving Stamford Bridge in 2010, with another former Blue, his namesake Carlton, starting on the bench.
With Chelsea going into the game without a win in two Premier League matches, and the hosts looking for a first win in four, the importance of starting the game positively couldn't be understated, and it was the Blues looking the more dangerous during the opening exchanges.
The first moment of quality in the game came from Oscar, who picked out the run of Eden Hazard with a delightful pass. The Belgian's cross was turned behind for a corner, and though Lampard's delivery was a decent one, West Ham, through a combination of James Collins and Cole, managed to clear their lines.
Soon after, Hazard, who had started well, picked out the run of Eto'o just inside the penalty area, but as the striker looked to check back inside James Tomkins to get his shot away, the defender was able to get a touch on the ball to nullify the threat.
Sam Allardyce had set his side up to defend with as many players behind the ball as possible when we were in possession and it took until the 18th minute for them to threaten. Stewart Downing delivered a teasing ball from wide on the left, and as Kevin Nolan knocked it down into the path of Cole, Terry needed to be alert in order to make the block on his former team-mate.
Two minutes later, however, they were made to rue their missed opportunity as we took the lead.
A sloppy back-pass off the knee of Guy Demel presented an opening for Oscar, who showed great awareness to nip in ahead of Jaaskelainen and, as he touched the ball past the 'keeper he was brought down, leaving referee Chris Foy with little option but to award a penalty.
With the goal at Oscar's mercy, had he been able to stay on his feet, it looked to be a foul which would bring Jaaskelainen's evening to a premature conclusion. Foy, though, thought differently, much to the frustration of Mourinho and his players.
Lampard was the man entrusted with taking the kick and, in front of the Bobby Moore Stand, he crashed his penalty into the roof of the net. The home fans booed him, the away supporters celebrated wildly, but more importantly we had a crucial advantage.
It was Lampard's fourth goal in five games against his former employers and his third successful spot-kick at Upton Park.
The goal sparked the Blues into life and we began to take control of proceedings. Lampard went close twice in quick succession; first with a right-footed strike which rolled narrowly wide and then with a header from an excellent Hazard cross.
Our threat was beginning to increase with every attack, and 13 minutes later it came as no surprise when we extended our lead.
Lampard was allowed time and space to play the ball into the feet of Hazard, who produced a delicate flick to release Oscar. The defenders retreated in numbers as the Chelsea number 11 advanced, and with time to pick his spot, the youngster drilled his strike past Jaaskelainen into the bottom corner.
On the balance of play, the home side could have few complaints, and so concerned was Allardyce with the direction the game was heading in, he made a double substitution in order to galvanise his side, replacing Cole and Collison with Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga.
As the opening 45 minutes drew to a close Eto'o forced a brilliant stop from Jaaskelainen with a stunning effort from just inside the box, while a teasing Oscar cross had just a fraction too much pace on it for Lampard, who had made a trademark run in order to meet the delivery.
Not surprisingly given the manner of our first-half display, it was the same 11 players which emerged following the break, and with the likes of Juan Mata, Willian and Andre Schurrle on the bench, Mourinho had plenty of options when it came to making a switch.
Five minutes into the second half the game was almost put to bed when Cahill climbed highest to meet a Lampard corner, but West Ham had Mark Noble to thank for ensuring it remained 2-0 as the midfielder, stationed at the far post, volleyed off the line.
The second half began in a similar vein to how the first had finished, with the Blues seeing plenty of the ball and looking threatening every time we attacked, with one move in particular almost producing a stunning goal.
The tactical switch from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 certainly appeared to be paying off in a positive way, with the extra man in central midfield allowing us to dictate the flow of the game.
As a rare West Ham attack broke down, Azpilicueta carried the ball out from the back and, after Oscar, Ramires and Eto'o had all exchanged passes, the Spanish defender, who had ran the length of the field, picked out the run of Oscar at the back post, but the Brazilian, when he looked set to score, could only guide his volley wide.
Eto'o, who had been energetic and industrious throughout, was keen to join Lampard and Oscar on the scoresheet, and after being thwarted by Jaaskelainen earlier in the game he curled another wonderful strike inches over the bar.
While the Blues continued to dominate, however, it remained apparent that a solitary West Ham goal would alter the complexion of the contest, and it could - and probably should - have arrived midway through the second half.
Demel evaded the challenge of Azpilicueta wide on the right and worked his way into the penalty area, his cross arrived at the feet of Maiga who looked certain to reduce the deficit, but somehow the substitute steered his shot wide of Petr Cech's right-hand post.
With 14 minutes left to play Mourinho made his first substitution of the evening, replacing the impressive Eto'o with former Hammer Demba Ba, and the striker's first task was to defend a corner after Branislav Ivanovic did brilliantly to head behind as Matt Jarvis looked to get on the end of a Downing cross.
Minutes later, though, the game was all but ended as a contest when we made it 3-0, with Lampard doubling his tally for the evening, reacting quickest to pounce on a wayward clearance and fire past Jaaskelainen.
It was a goal which sparked jubilant celebrations in front of the travelling Chelsea faithful, and one which had the home supporters heading for the exits in their droves.
Schurrle drew a save from Jaaskelainen in the closing minutes, before Ba saw a goal disallowed, but there could be no disputing the final outcome.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Mikel, Lampard; Oscar (Schurrle 82), Eto'o (Ba 78), Hazard (Essien 84).
Unused substitutes: Schwarzer, Cole, Mata, Willian.
Scorers Lampard 21 (pen) and 81, Oscar 33
West Ham United (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Demel, Collins, Tomkins, O'Brien; J Cole (Diame 39), Collison (Maiga 39), Noble, Downing; Morrison, Nolan (c) (Jarvis 76).
Unused substitutes: Adrian, McCartney, Taylor, C Cole.
Referee Chris Foy