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Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce will hope to cause an upset when recently crowned League Cup champions Chelsea visit Upton Park on Wednesday.Getty

West Ham United welcome Chelsea to Upton Park for a Premier League clash on Wednesday.

Where to watch

Kick-off is for 7.45pm GMT. There is no live TV coverage of the game in the UK. Live updates are available on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Overview

West Ham United will hope to get out of the mid season slump that has seen them drop from fourth place in December to ninth place in March when league leaders Chelsea visit Upton Park on Wednesday.

Sam Allardyce is confident that his team can still challenge for a European place, but will have to start winning games on a regular basis. The Hammers have just won one game in seven since the start of January and the manager will want his players to step up and replicate the form they showed in the first few months of the Premier League season.

Allardyce is without Andy Carroll for the rest of the season, but has everybody else available for the clash. Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho will be key for the Hammers as they take on Jose Mourinho's team.

Diego Costa
Costa will hope to add to his 17 Premier League goals when Chelsea visit Upton Park on Wednesday night. Getty Images

Meanwhile, Chelsea come into this game in a buoyant mood after beating Tottenham in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday and will look to carry on their momentum into the London Derby at Upton Park.

Jose Mourinho's men have the opportunity to open the gap to eight points following Manchester City's loss to Liverpool over the weekend, but with the defending champions also in action on Wednesday, the Blues will have to wait till they play their game in hand to do that.

Apart from John Obi Mikel, the Portuguese manager has a fully fit squad to choose from, but may rotate the squad following the League Cup win. Kurt Zouma should take over from Gary Cahill at centre-back, with Ramirez coming into midfield to deputise for the still suspended Nemanja Matic, who serves the second of his two match ban.

What Managers Say

Sam Allardyce: "Jose's sides rarely slip up that way, that's why they're so good. The demand of Chelsea for the players is they're not allowed to be off-form. I expect they'll be efficient in every department, that's why they're top of the league. They make fewer mistakes than everybody else. Most games are won on opposition's mistake, they rarely make mistakes and it makes it more difficult to score against them."

Jose Mourinho: "Big, difficult game on Wednesday. Big, difficult game next week in the Champions League [against Paris Saint Germain]. We are just happy. Everybody likes to win competitions. [On John Terry's contract] I know what my board tells me and the player tells me and there's no doubt he is going to get his (new) contract before the end of the season. What I can guarantee is he'll be a Chelsea player next season."

Betting odds (888sport.com)

  • West Ham win: 5
  • Draw: 3
  • Chelsea win: 3/5

Team news

West Ham United

  • Injured: Caroll (knee), C Cole (muscle)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Adrian, Jenkinson, Reid, Tomkins, Cresswell, Song, Noble, Kouyate, Downing, Nolan, Valencia.

Chelsea

  • Injured: Obi Mikel (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Nemanja Matic

Possible XI: Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Fabregas, Oscar, Hazard, Cuadrado, Costa.