As Sunday's game draws nearer, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look back at previous east v west London derbies...
WE HAVE HISTORY
Chelsea will be hoping to extend the unbeaten home run against West Ham to 13 games in all competitions. The Blues have won nine of the past dozen.
Last season, this match kicked off on the Monday evening of the Premier League’s opening weekend, and eventually delivered the first points for new coach Antonio Conte. The Italian’s home bow was a frenetic affair, and goalless before the break.
Chelsea’s 4-3-3 formation had enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and chances, but it was a double error from Michail Antonio that gifted the Blues the first goal. The adapted right-back sliced a clearance to Cesar Azpilicueta, then fouled the Spaniard in the box, to concede a penalty converted by Eden Hazard.
The hosts could not add to the lead, and Slaven Bilic’s ploy of hitting Andy Carroll with long balls eventually paid off. The striker won a free-kick that led to a corner which, sent over by Dimitri Payet, fell to James Collins for the equaliser.
Chelsea threw everything into finding a winner and substitute Michy Batshuayi flicked Nemanja Matic’s pass to Diego Costa. Unmarked, the Spain forward picked his spot to beat goalkeeper Adrian. The Blues, destined to be champions, were off to a winning start.
West Ham’s last win at Stamford Bridge was in September 2002. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink opened the scoring with a penalty but goals from Jermain Defoe and Paolo Di Canio either side of the break put Glenn Roeder’s side in the driving seat. A sublime Gianfranco Zola free-kick brought the scores level, but another Di Canio goal seven minutes from time secured West Ham’s first win of the campaign.
The reverse fixture this season
9 December 2017 Premier League
West Ham……..….…1 Chelsea………..……0
Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team:
09/04/1966 Chelsea 6-2 West Ham
29/03/1986 Chelsea 0-4 West Ham