CHELSEA v WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SUNDAY 17 MARCH 2013
KICK-OFF: 4PM
REFEREE: MICHAEL OLIVER

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Introduction

• West Ham United travel to Chelsea seeking to record back-to-back Barclays Premier League victories for the first time this season, having won 1-0 at Stoke City last time out on Saturday 2 March. The Hammers would also chalk-up their first league 'double' of the campaign if they are successful at Stamford Bridge for the first time since a 3-2 victory on 28 September 2002.

• West Ham go into the weekend 12th in the Barclays Premier League table, having collected 33 points from 28 fixtures. However, results elsewhere could see the Hammers start the game as high as eleventh or as low as 13th. Victory could take West Ham up to tenth.

• West Ham have won three of their 14 away league matches this season, triumphing at Queens Park Rangers (2-1), Newcastle United (1-0) and Stoke (1-0).

• Chelsea start the weekend in third position, having collected 52 points from 28 matches. A victory, combined with a Tottenham Hotspur defeat or draw at home to Fulham, would see the Blues go third.

• The Blues have won eight and lost just two of their 14 home league matches, being defeated at Stamford Bridge by Manchester United (2-3) and QPR (0-1).

• West Ham beat Chelsea for the first time in 14 meetings - 13 of them in the Premier League and seven of them at the Boleyn Ground - when they won 3-1 in the reverse Barclays Premier League fixture at the Boleyn Ground on 1 December 2012.


Team news

West Ham United

• Midfielder Mark Noble could return to action after missing the victory at Stoke City with an arm injury.

• Captain Kevin Nolan could miss the game with the foot injury he suffered in the 3-2 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on 25 February.

• Midfielder Joe Cole will miss the return to one of his former clubs with a hamstring injury suffered at Stoke City.

• James Tomkins could be available again after being sidelined from the previous two league matches with a virus.

• Left-back George McCartney is close to a return after three months out with a knee injury suffered in training in mid-December.

• Stephen Henderson (Ipswich Town), Ravel Morrison and Rob Hall (both Birmingham City), Paul McCallum (Aldershot Town) and Alou Diarra (Stade Rennais) are all out on loan.

Chelsea

• Spanish midfielder Oriel Romeu is out for the remainder of the season with a serious knee injury suffered at Sunderland in December.

• Chelsea have no fewer than 18 players out on loan, including senior professionals Michael Essien (Real Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion) and Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid).


Background

• Saturday's fixture marks the 88th league meeting between the two clubs. West Ham drew level with their opponents on 35 victories with a home win in December, while there have been just 17 draws. In 31 Premier League meetings, Chelsea have chalked up 16 victories, West Ham have won ten times and there have been just five draws.

• The first-ever meeting between the two clubs in any competition came on 11 September 1915 in the war-time London Combination principal tournament. West Ham United were at home and the game ended goalless.

The first-ever league meeting between the two clubs took place on 20 October 1923 and also ended goalless. That match was played at Division One at Stamford Bridge.

West Ham's biggest league victory over Chelsea came in Division Two on Valentine's Day 1981. The Hammers romped to a 4-0 success on their way to winning the title and promotion to the top-flight.

Chelsea's biggest win over West Ham came on 9 April 1966 at Stamford Bridge, when the Blues thumped the Hammers 6-2. At the Boleyn Ground, Chelsea won 4-0 on 1 March 2008, a result that also marks the Blues' biggest Premier League win over the Hammers.

• The biggest crowd to witness a Chelsea versus West Ham fixture at Stamford Bridge was the estimated 65,000 who witnessed the Blues' 2-0 FA Cup fourth-round win on 26 January 1946.

• Tony Cottee has scored more goals against Chelsea than any other West Ham United player, scoring eight times. Geoff Hurst and John Dick managed six each, while the Hammers' all-time leading scorer Vic Watson scored three in five appearances against the Blues.

• John Bond scored the first league hat-trick by a West Ham United player against Chelsea when he was pressed into an emergency centre-forward role on 6 February 1960. Right-back Bond netted three times, including one penalty, in a 4-2 Division One success at the Boleyn Ground. Billy Bonds also netted an unlikely hat-trick against Chelsea in a 3-0 Division One home win on 2 March 1974.

• The two clubs have met just once on 17 March in years gone by - a 2-1 Chelsea victory over West Ham in the War League South Cup semi-final in 1945.


Last time out

Saturday 2 March 2013
Barclays Premier League
Stoke City 0-1 West Ham United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Jarvis (Pogatetz 83), J,Cole (Vaz Te 11), O'Neil, Diame, Taylor (Collison 10), Carroll
Subs not used: Spiegel, Maiga, Chamakh, C.Cole
Goal: Collison 45

Thursday 14 March 2013
UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg
Chelsea 3-1 Steaua Bucharest
(Chelsea win 3-2 on aggregate)

Chelsea: Cech, Cole, David Luiz, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Mata (Moses 90), Oscar, Mikel, Hazard (Benayoun 90), Torres
Subs not used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Cahill, Bertrand, Lampard
Goals: Mata 33, Terry 58, Torres 71

Previous meeting

West Ham United roared back from a 1-0 half-time deficit to achieve a fantastic 3-1 home Barclays Premier League victory over Chelsea on 1 December 2012. Juan Mata swept the Blues into the lead on 13 minutes following good work from Victor Moses and Fernando Torres. Chelsea continued to dominate, but could not find a second goal as Torres, Moses and Mata all passed up decent opportunities. Having got in at the break still in the game, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce made two decisive changes, sending on Mohamed Diame and Matt Taylor. The substitutions worked a treat as Carlton Cole headed in on 63 minutes. After Mata had rattled the post with a free-kick, Diame fired in a rasping low shot from Cole's cross with three minutes remaining before replacement Modibo Maiga made the game safe after Petr Cech had parried Taylor's goalbound effort.

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Tomkins (Taylor, 46), Noble, O'Neil (Diame 46), Nolan, Jarvis, Cole (Maiga 87)
Subs not used: Spiegel, Spence, Fanimo, Moncur
Goals: Cole 63, Diame 87, Maiga 90

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Moses (Marin 78), Hazard (Oscar 73), Mata, Torres
Subs not used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Bertrand, Romeu, Piazon


Last six meetings
(Premier League unless stated)

1 December 2012 - West Ham United 3-1 Chelsea
23 April 2011 - Chelsea 3-0 West Ham United
11 September 2010 - West Ham United 1-3 Chelsea
13 March 2010 - Chelsea 4-1 West Ham United
20 December 2009 - West Ham United 1-1 Chelsea
25 April 2009 - West Ham United 0-1 Chelsea

v Chelsea (all competitions) W 37 D 18 L 41


Ten-year records

West Ham United

2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted via play-offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Championship)

Chelsea

2011/12 Premier League 6th (64 points)
2010/11 Premier League 2nd (71 points)
2009/10 Premier League 1st (86 points - champions)
2008/09 Premier League 3rd (83 points)
2007/08 Premier League 2nd (85 points)
2006/07 Premier League 2nd (83 points)
2005/06 Premier League 1st (91 points - champions)
2004/05 Premier League 1st (95 points - champions)
2003/04 Premier League 2nd (79 points)
2002/03 Premier League 4th (67 points)


Referee

• Sunday's match referee will be Michael Oliver.

• Oliver was introduced to refereeing by his father, Clive, at the age of 14. He quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to the National List of referees in 2007.

• In 2007 he became the youngest referee to officiate at Wembley Stadium when he took charge of the 2007 Conference play-off final. He also went on to become the youngest fourth official for a Barclays Premier League match.

• The Oliver family enjoyed a referring double in 2009 when his father took charge of the 2009 League Two Play-Off final a day before he took charge of the League One play-off final.

• In August 2010 he was promoted to the Select Group of referees and soon became the youngest-ever Barclays Premier League referee when he took charge of Birmingham City versus Blackburn Rovers on 21 August 2010.

• Oliver took charge of West Ham's 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Reading on 29 December - his only previous Hammers appointment this season. In all, he has refereed five West Ham fixtures.


Old boys

• West Ham United striker Carlton Cole began his career at Chelsea, making 31 appearances between August 2001 and May 2006, and scoring eight times.

• Chelsea's Frank Lampard began his professional career at West Ham United, making 187 league and cup appearances and scoring 38 goals before heading west in June 2001.

• Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun spent two seasons at West Ham in his first spell between July 2005 and July 2007, scoring eight goals in 72 appearances. Benayoun started the 2006 FA Cup final for the Hammers and also played a starring role in the 'Great Escape' season of 2006/07. He returned for a second loan spell earlier this season, making a further six appearances between September and November 2012.

• Chelsea striker Demba Ba spent six months with West Ham United in the first half of 2011, scoring seven goals in 12 Premier League appearances. The Senegal forwards signed from German club 1899 Hoffenheim before leaving following West Ham's relegation. After 18 prolific months with Newcastle United, Ba joined Chelsea in January 2013.

• Chelsea captain John Terry spent time at West Ham United as a schoolboy.

• Among the other players who have represented both clubs are Clive Allen, Syd Bishop, Peter Brabrook, Billy Bridgeman, Billy Brown, Robert Bush, Dickie Deacon, Alan Dickens, Len Goulden, Jimmy Greaves, Ron Greenwood CBE, George Hilsdon, George Horn, Joseph Hughes, Sir Geoff Hurst, William Jackson, Glen Johnson, Joe Kirkup, Andy Malcolm, Harry Medhurst, Scott Minto, Eric Parsons, Joe Payne, Dave Sexton, John Sissons, Ron Tindall and Billy Williams.


General information

• All Standard and Disabled tickets for Sunday's fixture have SOLD OUT.

• Supporters travelling into London on the c2c mainline train service should note that all services will be diverted from Barking to London Liverpool Street. No c2c services will be stopping at Limehouse or West Ham stations. For full details, click here.

• Supporters travelling into London via London Underground should note that the District line will be suspended between Upminster and Bromley-by-Bow, while the Hammersmith and City line will be suspended between Barking and Moorgate. Replacement bus services will operate on both lines. For the latest London Underground travel news visit the TfL website by clicking here and use the Journey Planner.

• Sunday afternoon's forecast in London is for light rain and a maximum daytime temperature of 8C (47F).

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