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Ahead of Chelsea’s clash with West Ham (15:00 GMT KO), the official lineups have been announced.

The Blues are looking to keep their winning form against their London neighbours, having won just three of their opening nine games.



WEST HAM: Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Collins, Cresswell, Noble (c), Kouyate, Zarate, Payet, Lanzini, Sakho.

Subs: Randolph, Carroll, Valencia, Obiang, Ogbonna, Jelavic, Antonio.

Manager: Slaven Bilic


CHELSEA: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Subs: Amelia, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Falcao.

Manager: José Mourinho


Referee: Jonathan Moss

Venue: Upton Park, London, UK

Kick Off: 3 pm GMT

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José Mourinho explained in his Friday’s press conference that the injury situation hasn’t changed: Thibaut Courtois, Branislav Ivanovic, Loic Remy and Pedro will stay out again for West Ham clash due to their physical problems.

The Blues manager also explained that he is very satisfied about the clean sheets the team obtained in the last two games:

“It is important. Not just the clean sheets but the way the team played to keep them. It was not a super goalkeeping performance. They were both based on good teamwork.

“I try the best decisions for the team and analyse opponents and what the team can be and try to reduce that unpredictability of every match but you are right that this is not about defenders.

“It is about the team as a team and they defended well in both matches.

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Ahead of Chelsea’s game against West Ham at Upton Park tomorrow (15:00 GMT KO), we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 23rd October.


Full-time score:

West Ham win: SB – 13/5, L – 11/4,  C – 27/10

Draw: SB – 14/5, L –13/5, C – 27/10

Chelsea win: SB – 10/11, L – 10/11, C – 1/1


First goalscorer:

Dimitri Payet: SB  9/1, L – 9/1, C – 8/1

Diafra Sakho: SB – 7/1, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

Mauro Zarate: SB – 9/1, L – 10/1, C – 8/1

Manuel Lanzini: SB – 10/1, L – 12/1, C – 12/1

Mark Noble: SB – 22/1, L – 20/1, C – 16/1

No goalscorer: SB – 14/1, L – 11/1, C – 11/1

Eden Hazard: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, C – 6/1

Oscar: SB – 7/1, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

Radamel Falcao: SB – 5/1, L – 5/1, C – 5/1

Diego Costa: SB – 4/1, L – 4/1, C – 4/1

Willian: SB – 8/1, L – 8/1, C – 8/1


Final Score:

West Ham win:

1-0: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1,  C – 12/1

2-0: SB – 18/1, L – 18/1, C – 20/1

2-1: SB – 11/1, L – 10/1, C – 11/1

3-0: SB – 40/1, L – 40/1, C – 45/1

3-1: SB – 28/1, L – 25/1, – 28/1



0-0: SB – 14/1, L – 12/1, C – 12/1

1-1: SB – 6/1, L – 11/2, C – 11/2

2-2: SB – 12/1, L – 11/1, C – 11/1

3-3: SB – 50/1, L – 40/1, C – 40/1

4-4: SB – 200/1, L – 150/1, C – 125/1

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 15/2, L – 8/1, C – 8/1

2-0: SB – 9/1, L – 9/1, C – 10/1

2-1: SB – 7/1, L – 7/1, C – 15/2

3-0: SB – 16/1, L – 16/1, C – 18/1

3-1: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1, – 14/1


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De Bruyne was unable to break into Chelsea's first team.

A respected Belgian journalist has said that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho “begged” the club’s directors to keep former midfielder Kevin de Bruyne. 

The Belgian moved to Chelsea’s title rivals Manchester City from Wolfsburg for £55 million in the summer, making him the second-most expensive player in Premier League history.

De Bruyne excelled in the Bundesliga, having left Stamford Bridge in unsavoury circumstances, but Belgian football writer Kristof Terreur, has said that Mourinho was against selling the 24-year old and told the board “Do not sell this guy.”

Terreur, Premier League correspondent for Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, made the claim in response to an article by Paul Hayward describing the loss of De Bruyne, who moved to Chelsea for £7 million from Belgian side Genk, as Mourinho’s biggest-ever mistake.

The allegation contradicts the words of Mourinho when De Bruyne was originally sold, with the 52-year old stating, “He was not training very well and he was saying, ‘I can’t give you more – this is just my way’. So yes, I accept that if this is his mentality and it’s his choice to go, it is better for Chelsea to make a good deal.”


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Chelsea will look to continue their winning form as they face West Ham at Upton Park (15:00 GMT KO).

The Blues, who won only their third game of the season with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa last week, are still only in 12th – their second-ever worst start to a season.

Slaven Bilic’s side however have made their best start to a Premier League campaign in 17 years – they sit fourth and have been in impressive form this year, having beaten Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool thus far.

Jose Mourinho’s side took four points off the Hammers last season, who were then managed by Sam Allardyce. Chelsea drew 0-0 at home, before winning the away fixture 0-1 last March.


Last six games:

West Ham: WWLDDW (includes one League Cup game). 

Chelsea: WDLLWD (includes two Champions League games and one League Cup game).


Team News:

– Chelsea continue to be without injured trio Loic Remy, Pedro and Branislav Ivanovic.

– Mourinho wouldn’t comment as to whether Eden Hazard would be recalled, despite hitting the post in midweek.

– Victor Moses is ineligible for West Ham against his parent club.

– Winston Reid is also out for the Hammers with a minor back injury.

– Emner Valencia could make his first start of the season having returned from injury.



– West Ham have won just one of their last 18 Premier League meetings with Chelsea (D3, L14).

– Chelsea haven’t conceded a goal in the last five of those meetings.

– The Blues are the only team that have stopped West Ham scoring at home in their last 21 games.

– However, the home side have made their best start to a Premier League season, with 17 points after nine games.

– They are unbeaten in their last six games (W4, D2).

– Chelsea have lost three of their last five away games, winning only one.

– However, Mourinho has lost just five of his 52 London derbies in the Premier League (W36, D11).


Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

West Ham (away vs. Crystal Palace, won 1-3): Adrián, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Collins, Cresswell, Kouyaté, Noble, Moses, Lanzini, Payet, Sakho.

Chelsea (home vs. Aston Villa, won 2-0): Begovic, Ivanovic, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Mikel, Willian, Pedro, Fabregas, Costa.

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Chelsea Ladies striker Eniola Aluko scored but could not prevent England losing 2-1 to China in the CFA International Tournament. 

Three other Chelsea players, Gilly Flaherty, Laura Coombs and Drew Spence, were all handed their first ever international starts by Three Lions boss Mark Sampson.

Aluko finished coolly with a low strike from the left hand side of the box, but it was a consolation after China’s Shuang Wang had scored twice.

England beat the Chinese, who are hosting the three-team friendly tournament, in the Women’s World Cup earlier this year by the same scoreline, where Blues striker Fran Kirby scored one and set up the other.

Aluko did have a chance to equalise with the score at 1-0, but after being set-up by Lianne Sanderson, she could only drag her shot wide of the post.

Manchester City’s Jill Scott and Izzy Christiansen also come close, but England couldn’t find an equaliser as they slipped to defeat to a team 10 places below them in the world rankings.

The Three Lions play Australia in their next game on 27th October.

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FA Council member Heather Rabbatts is to be investigated over a possible breach of conduct over her comments regarding Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. 

Rabbatts, the only female on the independent board, openly criticised Mourinho for his stance over the Eva Carneiro incident.

The Portuguese and the FA were accused of heavy handling of the situation by Rabbatts, which ended with Carneiro’s resignation from the club.

After the incident, two members of the FA Board reported Rabbatts, who could be removed from the board should she be found guilty of improper conduct.

Under FA rules, only two members of the 121-person council are required for a formal investigation to be launched.

Ron Barston, the 82-year-old life vice-president, and 70-year-old law lecturer Richard Tur are reported to have made the complaint. 

The decision to investigate has sparked criticism from several groups, with Women in Football saying they were “staggered” by the developments, and racism group Kick it Out labelling the call “bizarre.”

“Rather than seeking sanctions against Rabbatts, we would like to see the FA Council supporting her mission to shore up football’s moral compass,” Women in Football said in a statement.

“The fact that Rabbatts, as the only female and only ethnic minority member of the FA board, was alone in posing those important questions further underlines the case for why greater diversity is so very necessary across every level of the game.

“That Rabbatts is willing to use her platform and speak out against injustice in the game should be welcomed by her colleagues, not condemned.”

At the time of Carneiro’s departure, Rabbatts was vocal in her support of the doctor, whom she said acted “properly.”

“Her departure raises a serious question on how players are safeguarded if their medical support is compromised,” she said at the time.

“The footage of the abuse she has endured in silence from the stands during her career is something we should all be ashamed of.”

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Ex Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Jose Mourinho’s legal team are said to be “closely monitoring” reports that the Chelsea boss shoved a teenage boy.

The boy, who has not been named, posted the video online earlier this week, as the boys walked infront of the Portuguese. As Mourinho began to overtake the teenager, the phone shook.

After the incident, a Chelsea spokesman said the behaviour was “overly intrusive.”

He added there were two teenagers involved in the incident.

“While Jose understands the laws pertaining to filming in public places, the two teenagers in question followed him from his home for 20 minutes and constantly interrupted a private phone call,” said the spokesperson, who criticised the tone of the reports.

“We also note the allegation of intimidation in those stories, which Jose strongly refutes and which his legal representatives will continue to monitor closely.”

Mourinho strongly rebuked media outlets on Friday for not showing him respect after publishing the video.

“I am going to treat your [media] bosses the way they treat me; no respect, no respect,” said Mourinho.

“You don’t get good and funny headlines from me now,” added Mourinho. “I am not talking about football. I am ready to accept any kind of critics, even the stupid ones.

“I am talking about private lives and stupid things that you bring to light, I don’t like it. We go to a different level of professional relationship now.”

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Diego Costa admits that his style of play is uncompromising but that he is not going to change anytime soon.

Costa has just returned from a three match ban and made a successful return to the Chelsea side with a goal and an assist in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa last Saturday. His absence was due to a charge of violent conduct leveled at him during the win over Arsenal in September for which he faced a widespread criticism.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s trip across London to play in form West Ham United, Costa refutes any notion that he will tone down his aggressive style.

The BBC quotes him as saying:

“On the pitch don’t try and put wings on me, as I am no angel.

“I think that football has always had a passionate, aggressive side, with players giving their all. People have to get used to this.

“Some people seem to think football is like theatre, and that everyone has to play the good guy.

“But I think that you transform when you cross the white line, you’re not the same person as off it.


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West Ham manager Slaven Bilic claims it is a good time to play Chelsea and that the champions poor start to the season can be exploited by his side this weekend.

Chelsea travel to West Ham on Saturday as they seek to continue their mini revival after their worst start to a season in a generation. West Ham, on the contrary, have been brilliant with away wins over Arsenal, Liverpool and table topping Manchester City to their name so far.

Bilic, whose side are fourth in the Premiership, believes that their fine season can continue with a win over London rivals Chelsea. Speaking in his weekly press conference, the former Croatia manager said that it is a good time to play Chelsea but is worried after an improvement in performance from Jose Mourinho’s side:

“This is a good time to play Chelsea, but they need to have a few good results.

“Chelsea looked sharp against Kiev and I watched the game. I was not happy afterwards because they looked really good as a team.

“It is a big challenge for us and a big test. They are the champions and he is the best manager around. I am looking forward to it,”

“I know Mourinho’s team are always hungry and no-one expected them to be where they are now. Sometimes that happens in football.

“I have watched all their games. If there was something major wrong he would be the first to change it. I see them finishing in top four.”


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