Sunday's big match preview

CHELSEA are in crisis, anyone can see that! Before tonight s home clash with Portsmouth, the Blues haven t won in four games after dismal home draws with Apoel Nicosia and Everton, a loss at Manchester City and a penalty shoot-out defeat against lowly Bla

CHELSEA are in crisis, anyone can see that!

Before tonight's home clash with Portsmouth, the Blues haven't won in four games after dismal home draws with Apoel Nicosia and Everton, a loss at Manchester City and a penalty shoot-out defeat against lowly Blackburn Rovers!

Maybe it is something to do with the measly �18million they spent in the summer, with only Yuri Zhirkov arriving from CSKA Moscow.

Mind you, they are still vying with Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table and have won five away games already this season, collecting the points at Sunderland, Fulham, Stoke City, Bolton and against Arsenal at the Emirates.


You may also want to watch:


Didier Drogba has also grabbed 13 league goals already, 18 in all competitions, and with Frank Lampard and Nicola Anelka adding four apiece, some may suggest they are more capable than West Ham of scoring.

History too suggests that Chelsea may be on to a good thing.

Most Read

Last season's 1-0 defeat was an excellent result for the Hammers when you compare it to the previous three visits of the Blues when they lost 4-0, 4-1 and 3-1.

Indeed you have to go back to 2003 for West Ham's last demolition of their west London neighbours when they thumped them 1-0 thanks to Paolo Di Canio's goal.

Chelsea have surprisingly lost at both Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa as well as Manchester City, to give the Hammers some semblance of hope of an upset, but for many it is simply a case of pie in the sky.

No Carlton Cole, no goals expected and that means a Chelsea defeat is almost as likely as Lampard getting booed at Upton Park on Sunday.

POSSIBLE TEAM: Cech, Carvalho, Terry, Cole A, Ivanovic, Lampard, Cole J, Deco, Ballack, Drogba, Anelka.

Prediction:

West Ham 0 Chelsea 3

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter