Chelsea vs West Ham
Venue –Stamford Bridge
Date – 26th December 2014
Time – 6:15 PM IST
Just when things started looking a little topsy-turvy in the Chelsea camp after a shock 2-1 defeat to Newcastle, Jose Mourinho’s men has shown character to not let the points slip up. The Blues have managed two back to back wins to keep their slender three point lead afloat. Last week’s 0-2 win over Stoke City was indeed a job well done as the Britannia stadium is not the easiest of venues to get points.
But, they indeed managed to play together as a unit and secured all three points owing to Fabregas’ fine all round display. They will look to him for inspiration once again as they prepare for a mouthwatering London derby against the highflying West Ham United.
West Ham United are currently fourth in the Barclays Premier League. A position you would hardly expect to find them in. But big Sam and his boys have been in scorching hot form picking up thirteen points from a possible fifteen. Their ‘physical’ style of play has earned them much praise of late and they will be full of confidence going into this derby against the league leaders.
With Downing, Nolan and Noble patrolling the midfield, the Hammers boast of a fine mix of youth and experience. They will look to extend their purple patch run and leapfrog Manchester United to land a coveted third spot with a win.
West Ham – WWWDW
Chelsea – DWLWW
Key factors in the match:
The last time the two sides met at the Bridge, West Ham managed to keep Chelsea at bay with 0-0 draw. The Hammers were battling relegation back then and infamously ‘parked the bus’ to frustrate Chelsea. The Blues were not able to score despite having 39 shots on the target. This time however, will Big Sam adapt the same strategy?
The match could well turn to be the battle between two top notch physical strikers in the league. Andy Carroll and Diego Costa are two of the most athletic strikers the league can boast of. Their ability to attack the aerial ball will send Goosebumps through both set of defenses.
Mirror UK – 2-0 to Chelsea
BBC – 2-0 to Chelsea
Where to Watch Live / Live Streaming Information:
The match can be watch in India on on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD2 . The match can also be watched via live streaming online by visiting StarSports.com.
Live coverage on TV in the UK will be on Sky Sports 1, while viewers can also live stream the action on Sky Go and Watch Sky Sports Online. Watch the game live in the US on NBC Sports, while the 90 minutes of action can also be accessed live online on NBC Sports Extra.
Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match on Bein Sports Arabia or via Live Streaming at Bein Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can do the same on SuperSport or SuperSport online. The match will be available on live streaming in Latin America on ESPN Play.