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At SB Jan 20.

Well, the good news is that JFH should be fit, Petit maybe. No suspensions (as far as I know ) and no other main injuries.
 

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Gujohsen, Forsell for Chelsea, Defoe for West Ham
 

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Good result:)
 

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Two goals apiece for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Eidur Gudjohnsen, plus a fifth by Mikael Forssell sealed an emphatic victory for Chelsea over West Ham.

Claudio Ranieri's side once again showed that they are a match for any team on their day with a polished display against their London rivals.

And Hasselbaink proved that record-breaking striker Ruud van Nistelrooy is not the only Dutchman to be feared in the Premiership.

The Chelsea forward was in impressive form and, but for a superb save by David James midway through the first half, could have had a hat-trick.

Gudjohnsen also produced finishing of the highest order to match his strike partner - the pair have now scored 35 times between them this season - both goals coming after deft footwork from the Icelandic international.

Chelsea defender John Terry also deserves praise for his lofted, defence-splitting pass that set up Gudjohnsen for his first goal.

Any thoughts West Ham entertained of staging a dramatic comeback were dashed when captain Paolo di Canio was sent off for kicking out at Jody Morris.

West Ham's prodigiously talented striker Jermain Defoe scored a consolation goal two minutes from the end after coming on off the bench.

But West Ham's miserable afternoon at a rain-sodden Stamford Bridge was compounded by another substitute, Forssell, who immediately restored the four-goal advantage.

The blustery conditions made for a, at times, disjointed opening period.

Chelsea started brightly and put West Ham under some good early pressure.

James was kept busy, with Gianfranco Zola unleashing a wicked shot which the keeper did well to hold.

Hasselbaink gave a signal of his intent in the 21st minute.

The Chelsea striker fired a blockbuster free-kick which James superbly tipped on to the crossbar and out of play.

From the resulting corner Mario Stanic headed home, but was adjudged to have fouled Nigel Winterburn in the build-up and his goal was ruled out.

Don Hutchison was another to feel the full force of Hasselbaink, whose momentum after striking another shot carried him through onto the Scottish international's chest.

West Ham were fortunate not to be punished by the inspirational Zola 10 minutes before the break.

A mistake by Tomas Repka allowed the diminutive Italian to bear down on the West Ham goal, but James did well to stand his ground and smother the shot.

However, James stood no chance of saving Hasselbaink's first goal on the stroke of half-time despite making a good initial block to deny Gudjohnsen.

Glenn Roeder's side posed little in the way of any real attacking threat.

That was due mainly to the excellent William Gallas in the Chelsea defence and the tireless running of Emmanuel Petit and former Hammers man Frank Lampard in midfield.

And once Di Canio was shown the red card, it was game over.

Chelsea treated the Stamford Bridge to some showcase football, with Zola, Hasselbaink and Gudjohnsen a joy to watch.

In fact the only thing missing from the game was a goal from Zola, who was later given a standing ovation, as was Hasselbaink, by the home fans.

Chelsea: Cudicini, Desailly, Terry, Gallas, Melchiot, Stanic, Lampard, Petit (Morris 62), Zola (Zenden 74), Hasselbaink (Forssell 79), Gudjohnsen.
Subs Not Used: de Goey, Keenan.
Booked: Stanic, Zola, Morris.

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Team P Home Away Pts Goal
Diff
W D L F A W D L F A
Man Utd 23 8 1 3 31 13 6 2 3 25 20 45 23
Newcastle 23 7 1 3 19 12 6 3 3 23 17 43 13
Leeds 23 5 5 1 20 11 6 4 2 15 10 42 14
Arsenal 22 5 3 3 23 19 6 5 0 20 7 41 17
Liverpool 23 5 4 2 14 10 6 3 3 18 14 40 8
Chelsea 23 5 4 2 24 12 4 6 2 16 11 37 17
Tottenham 23 6 3 3 23 16 3 2 6 11 14 32 4
Aston Villa 22 6 4 2 15 10 2 4 4 14 17 32 2
Fulham 22 5 5 2 16 11 2 5 3 7 11 31 1
Charlton 22 3 4 4 15 17 4 4 3 13 11 29 0
Sunderland 23 5 5 2 13 10 2 2 7 6 15 28 -6
West Ham 23 5 4 2 15 7 2 3 7 12 32 28 -12
Everton 23 6 2 4 17 14 1 4 6 8 16 27 -5
Southampton 23 4 1 6 12 16 4 1 7 15 21 26 -10
Blackburn 23 4 4 4 19 14 2 3 6 11 15 25 1
Bolton 23 2 5 4 9 17 3 5 4 18 18 25 -8
Ipswich 23 4 2 6 17 14 2 4 5 14 19 24 -2
Middlesbrough 22 4 2 4 13 14 2 3 7 8 17 23 -10
Derby 23 4 3 5 12 14 1 1 9 5 27 19 -24
Leicester 22 1 5 4 5 17 2 3 7 9 20 17 -23
 
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