James Collins says West Ham United remain 'full of confidence' ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League visit of Chelsea.

The Hammers prepare to host the UEFA Champions League winners on the back of defeats at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, but Sam Allardyce's side remain in the top half of the table and have lost just one home league game all season. On Wednesday, they were hugely unfortunate to lose 1-0 at Old Trafford to a deflected first-minute goal from Robin van Persie.

For those reasons, Ginge believes West Ham should go into the weekend looking to chalk up their fourth home victory of the campaign against a Blues side who have failed to score in their last three matches.

"We are disappointed we did not get something from the game at Manchester United," said the No19. "We said in the changing room after that teams have gone to Old Trafford, conceded early and then been heavily beaten.

"Our defending was great, the manager said that, we defended as a team and we were a little unlucky not to nick a goal right at the end. On the whole I thought we played really well apart from the opening goal but, that said, it was a deflection. These things happened but you have to try and get the block in.

"We were solid, created chances and we were a constant threat from set pieces, which is great, it means we go into another big game against Chelsea full of confidence."

Since Rafael Benitez took charge at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have been held to goalless draws by Manchester City and Fulham. While he is not expecting an easy afternoon's work, Collins believes West Ham have a chance to capitalise on any uncertainty inside the Blues' ranks.

"Things don't seem to be quite right down there, as they have been in years gone by, and they have drawn to successive games against Manchester City and Fulham. If we play like we did against Manchester United, defending well and creating chances, then I am sure we can get a positive result in front of our own fans.

"It is a tough run of fixtures at the moment and we need to ensure we keep confidence high but with performances like that at Old Trafford it will not be hard to do.

"We know that on our day we can beat anyone especially at home where we have been very good."

Collins himself was recalled to the starting line-up against Sir Alex Ferguson's side after a spell out of the side and he could not be happier to be back. The big Welshman was at his best at Old Trafford, winning a series of tackles and headers, and was hugely unlucky to see Van Persie's shot loop off his out-stretched boot and spin past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The 29-year-old is seeking to keep his place against Chelsea, with competition for places likely to be fierce with the return of Mark Noble from suspension. Whoever Big Sam picks, the defender is confident that they will be able to keep Benitez's team at bay.

"I pulled my hamstring late on against Manchester City and since then the boys have been doing, as long as the team is winning I am happy. Joey O'Brien, James Tomkins and Winston Reid have been superb, so to come in and get my chance and perform reasonably well on Wednesday makes me very happy."

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