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Yay.

We won the Home fixture 1-0, in an abysmal performance.

What greatness will happen here?

West Ham have already beating Liverpool and Man United here, are we next in line?

Expect to see Drogba teaming up with Anelka, because Anelka is just simply awesome, according to Grant.

Expect to see Shevchenko not even on the bench, because he's "not fit", despite Lampard & Terry thrust into important matches the first chance Grant got.

This should be awesome.
 

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Chelsea last 5 Away EPL : LWWWD (that includes beating nobody important)
West Ham last 5 Home EPL : DWWWD (that includes Liverpool & United)

All our games have been by a difference of 1 goal, or none.

West Ham have lost at home 3 times this season, Everton, Arsenal & Man City.
 

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With that creature as manager, my God I won’t be surprised if we loose. I still hope we win though, and this “manager” of ours leaves in the summer.
 

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no am hopin for a big reaction from the players.....and rijkaard seems to be on the way...
 

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Big match to keep up with Arsenal/Man U.

I would play a 4-1-3-2 if I was Grant.

------------Cech--------------
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Belletti--Carvalho--Terry--Cole
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-----------Essien-------------
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--SWP------Ballack----Lampard
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------Anelka------Drogba------

Subs: Cudicini, Alex, Makelele, Sheva, Kalou

It's important to keep in mind the Champions League match on Wednesday. Keeping players fresh should be considered. Makelele should come on for Essien, Kalou on for Lampard, Sheva on for one of the 2 forwards.

BBC is reporting Shevchenko will be included in the squad. He needs to get a run out with the first team.
 

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I'd pick

-------------- Čech
Essien - Carvalho - Terry - Bridge
-------------- Mikel
------- SWP ------- Lampard
J. Cole ------------------- Kalou
-------------- Drogba
 

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oh please enough SWP , one good game then 5 mediocre.......i would go with a tried and tested cole-drogba-kalou up front, ballack - lampard - makelele (essien), belleti-terry-carva-cole...
 

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Avram Grant has wrung the changes but has maintained the formation that played the Carling Cup final, this time with Nicolas Anelka in the centre of attack.

Didier Drogba is on the bench but there are returns to the starting line-up for Paulo Ferreira and Ashley Cole in defence; Michael Ballack and Claude Makelele in midfield and Joe Cole and Salomon Kalou up front.

West Ham are unchanged so Chelsea youth product Carlton Cole will be the front striker, Luis Boa Morte in behind.

Bobby Zamora is over injury sufficiently to be named on the bench.


1 Petr Cech
20 Paulo Ferreira
26 John Terry (c)
6 Ricardo Carvalho
3 Ashley Cole
13 Michael Ballack
4 Claude Makelele
8 Frank Lampard
10 Joe Cole
39 Nicolas Anelka
21 Salomon Kalou

Subs: 23 Carlo Cudicini, 33 Alex, 5 Michael Essien, 11 Didier Drogba, 15 Florent Malouda.
 
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