Chelsea v West Ham Odds : Team News, Match Preview as Chelsea eye Premiership summit at Stamford Bridge

Breaking Chelsea v West Ham odds, plus team news, match preview as Jose Mourinho’s side look to catch leaders Arsenal tonight at Stamford Bridge (KO 19:45GMT).

Chelsea will look to keep pace and hopefully benefit from any slip ups when they take on West Ham United tonight.

Jose Mourinho’s side has been in irresistible form of late winning seven and drawing one of their last 8 games, a run that has seen them move to within two points of top spot.



Match Odds : Chelsea 1/6, draw 6/1, West Ham 16/1
Hazard to score/Chelsea win – 11/8
Caroll to score/West Ham win – 40/1
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The club has won all their games so far in 2014, scoring 11 goals and conceding just once. Such has been the form of Willian, Oscar and Eden Hazard that Mourinho decided to allow Juan Mata to leave and join Manchester United.

Mata’s place in the squad has been taken by Mo Salah with the former Basle man in line for his debut. Fellow new signing Nemanja Matic is in line for his first league start.

Mourinho made a number of changes to his side for the FA Cup with Stoke giving a rare start to goal keeper Mark Schwarzer with Petr Cech joining John Terry, John Obi Mikel and Cesar Azpilcueta on the bench.

The quartet are also likely to return midweek with Ramires and Willian, second half subs in the 1-0 win over the Potters, hoping to start however Fernando Torres misses out with a knee injury.

West Ham meanwhile will be fresh after a few weekend, the enforced rest a result of their 5-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the third round.

The Hammers meanwhile are nearly at strength with only former blue Joe Cole and Winston Reid out.

New signings, striker Marco Borriello, on loan from Roma, and defensive midfielder Antonio Nocerino, signed from AC Milan, are both in line to make their debuts.

Sam Allardyce’s side have scored just one goal and conceded 21 in their first 6 games of 2014 and has failed to pick up three points since 3-0 win over Fulham in November.

The Hammers have a poor record at Stamford Bridge and are without a win since 2002. The club lost 3-0 to Chelsea in November, a game that saw former West Ham favourite Frank Lampard bag a double.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.