West Ham host Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, 24 October, as Jose Mourinho's men look to secure their fourth win of the season in what has been a frustrating campaign for the Blues thus far. Chelsea currently find themselves in 12th spot, 10 points behind Manchester City, but have a lot of games to go in order to make up in the tournament.
Where to Watch
Kick-off is set for 3pm BST. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day at 10.30pm BST on BBC One.
West Ham have been the division's most in-form team away from home, having beaten the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City on the road. However, their home form has not been the best, for which they find themselves on 17 points, four points off the league leaders. Slaven Bilic has managed to add some purpose and industry to the Hammers, which has been the reason behind their resurging run thus far.
The Hammers are unlikely to change their style of play against Chelsea, who have been far from their best this season. A win here will give West Ham some confidence and pave the path for a top six finish this season, which has a lot of contenders early in the season.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will be hoping that their 2-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend will be the precursor for a concerted run in the league where they have failed to string together a series of wins. The defending Champions have failed to find the fluidity and form that saw them run away with the league last season, and this has left Mourinho fuming in the background.
The manager has been handed a suspended stadium ban for his comments regarding referees, to which he has taken offence and has gone on a diatribe, imploring the FA to reveal why Arsene Wenger was allowed to get off scot-free for his comments on Mike Dean. A win here will take them to 14 points and within touching distance of the top four, which given Chelsea's start would be Mourinho's prime objective at this point.
What Managers Say
Slaven Bilic: [On Mourinho] "When you are on top, people are praising you. I heard that from English press ages ago when I was playing here. They said one of the biggest reasons why we are building you is to knock you down. The most successful people, the most charismatic people, the No.1s, they are always polarising people. You love them or hate them. I am not trying to campaign to become a president or Prime Minister of England by winning a popularity contest."
Jose Mourinho: "You don't get from me good and funny headlines. I'm going to treat your bosses the same way they treat me. No respect, no respect. And I'm not speaking about football. Football I'm ready to accept any kind of criticism, even the stupid ones. Private life and stupid things that you bring to light, I don't like it. So we go to a different level of professional relationship."
Betting Odds (888Sport)
- West Ham Win: 3/1
- Draw: 14/5
- Chelsea Win: 19/20
Possible XI: Adrian; Jenkinson, Collins, Tomkins, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble; Valencia, Lanzini, Payet; Sakho
Possible XI: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa