Hammers v Chelsea: Big Match Preview

West Ham United v Chelsea
Wednesday 18th April
Boleyn Ground
Kick off: 8pm
Live on Sky Sports

Referee: Mike Dean

Team News:

Alan Curbishley has no fresh injury worries following Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Sheffield United and could name an unchanged starting line-up for the fourth successive match.

Defender Calum Davenport made his comeback from a foot injury last night, playing 60 minutes as the reserves beat Reading, and is likely to be named in the squad for tonight's match, while Nigel Quashie is still ruled out.

Chelsea will be without striker Andriy Shevchenko, who suffered a thigh injury during their FA Cup semi-final win over Blackburn Rovers on Sunday. His place is expected to be taken by Salomon Kalou, with Arjen Robben still out injured. Former Hammers Frank Lampard and Joe Cole are both likely to face their old club.


The most recent meeting between the two sides was at Stamford Bridge back in November, when a free-kick from Geremi earned Jose Mourinho's men a 1-0 victory just days before Eggert Magnusson announced his takeover at West Ham United.

Since then, the Blues have lost just once in the Premiership, away at Liverpool in January, but have responded to that set-back by winning their last eight league matches to remain within touching distance of leaders Manchester United in their bid for a third successive title triumph.

Having lifted the Carling Cup in February, Chelsea are also in with a chance of securing an amazing quadruple achievement, with a Champions League semi-final against Liverpool later this month and an FA Cup final against Manchester United at the new Wembley on May 19.

Hammers, meanwhile, will be hoping to secure their first victory over Chelsea since May 2003, when Paolo Di Canio scored the only goal of the game in our final home match of the season.

The last fixture at Upton Park between the two sides ended in a 3-1 victory for Chelsea, on January 2, 2006, when goals from Frank Lampard, Hernan Crespo and Didier Drogba cancelled out a strike from Marlon Harewood.


Last six league meetings at Upton Park:
2005/06 West Ham 1 (Harewood) Chelsea 3 (Lampard, Crespo, Drogba)
2002/03 West Ham 1 (Di Canio) Chelsea 0
2001/02 West Ham 2 (Carrick, Kanouté) Chelsea 1 (Hasselbaink)
2000/01 West Ham 0 Chelsea 2 (Gudjohnsen, Hasselbaink)
1999/00 West Ham 0 Chelsea 0
1998/99 West Ham 1 (Ruddock) Chelsea 1 (Babayaro)

Head to head in the League at Upton Park:
Played 38, won 22, drawn 7, lost 9.

Tickets and travel:

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The forecast for Wednesday evening is bright and cool, with temperatures dropping to around 9°C as the night wears on.