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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Chelsea v West Ham United: Can the Hammers do the double over Rafa?


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West Ham United inflicted Rafa Benitez to his first defeat as Chelsea manager following a remarkable second half performance at Upton Park in December, but the chances of Sam Allardyce's men recording a similar result today look slimmer than Kate Moss.

The Hammers arrive at the Bridge this afternoon missing captain Kevin Nolan and former Chelsea man Joe Cole. There are also doubts over the fitness of Mark Noble and James Tomkins. If they were all fit then West Ham could more than hold their own against them. But if Allardyce persists in playing Pogatetz and Vaz Te then they could be in real trouble.

Fernando Torres was Chelsea's hero in midweek as they booked their place in the last eight of the Europa League and it was against the Hammers that he scored his first goal for the Blues in April 2011. However, it looks as though Demba Ba may be given the nod to start this game.

There was a time when West Ham used to regularly leave the Bridge with maximum points. Between 1994 and 2002 the Hammers headed east victorious on four occasions. But since Paolo Di Canio netted a late brace in 2002, the Hammers have managed to pick up just one point from west London.

The visitors have the opportunity to record their first double over the Blues for 22 years and land a severe dent in their Champions League hopes, but the majority of the panel can only see this going one way.

Chelsea v West Ham United; Kick Off 4pm March 17 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

2

V

2

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

0

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

3

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

3

V

1

Fulham

Neil Springate

3

V

0

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

2

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

1

Man United

Peter Johnstone

TBA

V

TBA

Newcastle

Greg Hall

2

V

0

Norwich

Sue Read

3

V

1

QPR

John Jaycock

2

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

3

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

2

V

1

Stoke City

Peter Holland

2

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

0

Swansea

Jim Barry

1

V

0

Spurs

Adam Crawford

0

V

0

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

2

V

0

West Ham

Matt Beeby

3

V

1

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

3

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

2

V

0

Writer

Mitch Waddon

2

V

0

Writer

Chris Pettitt

2

V

2

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

TBA    

V    

TBA

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

2

V

0

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

1

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

1

V

0

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

3

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

0

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

1

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

2

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

3

V

1

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 28; Draw: 4; Away: 0. TBA 2.

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