WEST HAM UNITED v CHELSEA
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2013
KICK-OFF: 5.30PM
REFEREE: CHRIS FOY

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West Ham United v Chelsea

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Introduction

• West Ham United return to action following the international break on Saturday when they welcome Chelsea to the Boleyn Ground for a London derby duel.

• The Hammers are looking for a first Barclays Premier League win in five attempts after defeat to Norwich City last time out left them 16th in the table with ten points from their eleven games..

• Chelsea are winless in two themselves, having been defeated by Newcastle United and only drawing 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion in their last two fixtures. That draw with the Baggies last time out came courtesy of a late, controversial penalty from Eden Hazard after goals from Shane Long and Stephane Sessegnon threatened to give Steve Clarke's men all three points.

• The Blues are fourth in the Barclays Premier League table, with 21 points garnered from their eleven starts.

• Before their recent stumble, Chelsea won three league matches in succession, which included the scalp of Manchester City.

• West Ham have not tasted victory in the league at home since the opening day defeat of Cardiff City. The four games since have yielded one draw and three defeats.

Team news

West Ham United

• Razvan Rat is missing with a hamstring injury picked up while on international duty with Romania in their midweek FIFA World Cup Play-Off with Greece.

• James Collins and Joey O'Brien both missed their international games after pulling out through injury, but should be fit enough to turn out on Saturday.

• Matt Taylor has returned to training following his recent calf injury, while Alou Diarra and George McCartney have been building up their match fitness in behind closed doors friendly matches.

• Winston Reid (ankle), Andy Carroll (foot) and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) join left-back Rat on the sidelines.

Chelsea

• Ashley Cole has recovered from a rib injury and is likely to start at left-back ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta.

• Fernando Torres will miss the game with a groin injury.

Background

• Saturday's fixture marks the 89th league meeting between the two clubs. West Ham have 35 wins to their opponents' 36, 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 in 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.


Last time out

Saturday 9 November 2013
Barclays Premier League
Norwich City 3-1 West Ham United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, Rat, Morrison, Noble (Jarvis 87), Collison (C.Cole 74), Downing, Nolan, J.Cole (Diame 72)
Subs not used: Adrian, McCartney, Maiga, O'Brien
Goal: Morrison 32

Saturday 9 November 2013
Barclays Premier League
Chelsea 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta (Mikel 73), Lampard (Ba 64), Cahill, Terry, Willian, Ramires, Eto'o, Oscar (Mata 73), Hazard
Subs not used: Schwarzer, Cole, Luiz, De Bruyne
Goals: Eto'o 45, Hazard pen 90


Previous meeting

The Hammers were beaten by a goal in each half as Eden Hazard produced a performance of real quality at Stamford Bridge on 17 March of this year. Frank Lampard's 19th-minute header gave the Blues the advantage, before Hazard's solo effort gave the home side an insurmountable lead five minutes after the interval.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz (Terry 78), Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Hazard, Mata (Mikel 85), Moses (Oscar 70), Ba
Subs: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Torres, Bertrand
Goals: Lampard 19, Hazard 50

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins (Tomkins 61), Reid, O'Brien, Vaz Te (C.Cole 80), Collison, O'Neil, Diame (Taylor 46), Jarvis, Carroll  
Subs not used: Spiegel, McCartney, Pogatetz, Chamakh


Last six meetings
(Premier League unless stated)

17 March 2013 - Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United
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

v Chelsea (all competitions) W 37 D 18 L 42


Ten-year records

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th (46 points)
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)

Chelsea

2012/13 Premier League 3rd (75 points)
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)


Referee

• Saturday's match referee will be Chris Foy.

Foy will referee West Ham United and Chelsea for the first time this Barclays Premier League season.

Foy, who celebrated his 51st birthday on Wednesday, has been a Barclays Premier League referee since 2001, having originally made the Select Group list of assistant referees in 1995.

In 2007, Foy took charge of the FA Trophy final at Wembley, before returning to the Home of Football a year later to act as fourth official for Portsmouth's FA Cup final victory over Cardiff.

In 2009, he was back at Wembley to take charge of the League Cup final and Community Shield, while Portsmouth were in action again as Foy refereed the 2010 FA Cup final, which Pompey lost to today's visitors Chelsea.

In all, Foy has taken charge of 28 West Ham fixtures - the first coming as long ago as 23 February 2002, when Frederic Kanoute scored the only goal in 1-0 home Premier League win over Middlesbrough.

Twice before, he has refereed West Ham versus Chelsea matches at the Boleyn Ground, with the Blues' visits on 2 January 2006 and 11 September 2010 both ending in 3-1 away wins.

Foy will be assisted by Gary Beswick and Mick McDonough, while the fourth official will be Lee Mason.


General information

• A limited amount of tickets are still on sale for Saturday's match. For full details, click here.

• The weather forecast for Saturday is for light cloud at kick-off time, with temperatures of 5C (41F).

• The London Underground District line will be closed between Whitechapel and West Ham. Replacement buses operate. This is while track replacement work is carried out in the Mile End area..

• The Hammersmith and City line will be closed between Moorgate and Barking, also due to the track replacement work at Mile End.

• On the Central line, Mile End station is closed due to the aforementioned track replacement work.

• The London Overground is closed between Highbury & Islington and New Cross/New Cross Gate. Replacement buses operate

• c2c rail services are running on a revised timetable between Barking and Upminster. Click here for full details.