Carlton Cole is eyeing a Barclays Premier League double when West Ham United travel to Chelsea on Sunday.

The former Blues striker headed the Hammers' first goal in their 3-1 win over Sunday's opponents earlier this season.

He spent five years as a pro at Stamford Bridge prior to linking up with the Hammers in 2006 and is looking forward to going back to his old stamping ground on Sunday.

"I always enjoy going back to Chelsea," he told West Ham TV. "I see old friends - there's a lot of backroom staff still there and the captain's the same. I've got good good friends there like Ashley Cole.


"I've got loads of connections and i love playing against them. When you play against your old teams you want to impress. If I get the opportunity I'll be on it."

Cole was certainly on form the last time the sides met back in December, getting West Ham's comeback going with a 63rd minute header to cancel out Juan Mata's opener.

Sam Allardyce's men went on to claim all three points thanks to further strikes from Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga and Cole says his team should take inspiration from that success.

He continued: "When we played them at home it was a fantastic win, a fantastic day. The boys all pulled in the same direction and the second half was unreal.

"Hopefully we'll have the same opportunity to do that again and it would be a good thing to have on your CV to do the double over Chelsea.

"You don't fear the opposition, but you have to respect them. We want to get something out of the game - I haven't actually ever gone there and won in my career.

"That's not a good record, but then again I hadn't beaten them anywhere until this season so hopefully we can do it again. Never say never."

The Hammers will arrive at Stamford Bridge having ended their nine-game wait for an away victory with a welcome success at Stoke City on their last road trip.

Cole added: "The Stoke game is a massive turning point for us. Our away record hasn't been great this year and we really needed to get a result there.

"Jack [Collison}, funnily enough, said he had a feeling we'd turn it around. He's the one who scored the winning goal, so we'll be plugging away to try to do Chelsea some damage on Sunday."

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