Chelsea and West Ham Square Off in London Showdown
The top teams in England are slowly starting to show themselves and this Boxing Day we will be given a little treat. Currently the top four teams are two from Manchester and two from London. The only out of the ordinary thing about the top four is that there is a newcomer from London, West Ham United. The battle of the two top teams in London an East West London Derby on Boxing Day between first place Chelsea and fourth place West Ham United will show who is the strongest out of the English Capital.
This Boxing Day the football public will be treated with the much-anticipated East West London Derby. West Ham United will travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Jose Mourinho’s new Chelsea. Both the Blues and Hammers will be going into this game off 2-0 wins. Perhaps the Irons will go into the match Friday with more of an edge having played their league match against Leicester City on Saturday. Chelsea on the other hand defeated a resilient Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium 2-0. Chelsea’s victory at the Britannia came in a very sluggish manner in fact the match was a physical battle throughout the pitch.
After Chelsea’s match against Stoke City, Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho mentioned that their next match at home is against “Big West Ham.” Mourinho also emphasized how crucial this home match is against the Irons. Particularly since this domestic stretch for Chelsea is West Ham, Southampton, and Tottenham. The last time the Hammers defeated Chelsea was back on the 1st of December 2012. A result at Stamford Bridge will be more than a victory for Sam Allardyce’s side on Boxing Day.
There will be a plethora of players to watch on this particular match. On Chelsea many eyes will be on their striker Diego Costa and perhaps also their best player this year Cesc Fabregas. A special mention also goes to Nemanja Matic who plays a very physical role in the deeper midfield position. Another note to watch is the pairing of Fabregas and Matic. Matic’s aggressive and physical play allows space for Fabregas to find passes to Chelsea’s attacking players.
On the other realm of the spectrum, players to watch for West Ham are a plethora as well. Many due to the fact they need to be on top of their game going into Stamford Bridge. The Hammers will more than likely start their French forward who has notched seven goals for West Ham, Daifra Sakho. Along with Sakho, Sam Allardyce will more than likely play one Andy Carroll who last week notched his third goal for the Irons. Sam Allardyce’s young Ecuadorian forward Enner Valencia could also make an appearance, most likely coming off the bench to offer an extra set of running legs. Not to mention one Stewart Downing who not only is finally starting to score goals, four of them, but he is also setting them up again with this tally of assists at six.
On paper Chelsea should be able to walk into this match victorious with all three points. On the contrary if West Ham United come into this match “flying” and run at their opponents. This East West London Derby could be a memorable one, one that could possibly make Irons’ fans reminisce on those Paulo DiCanio days.