Supporters view: West Ham can get something out of Chelsea clash
PUBLISHED: 12:30 20 November 2013
Hammers fan Kwame Boakye is hopeful going into Saturday’s clash with Chelsea
Chelsea at home on Saturday...it’s a fixture West Ham won last season, but can lightning strike twice? By all logic it shouldn’t; West Ham are struggling for goals, struggling for confidence and Chelsea have one of the most expensively assembled squads in Premier League history.
However, I actually reckon the Hammers have a decent chance on Saturday night live in front of the Sky camera’s of getting at least a point; and this somewhat delusional belief lies in the fact that the international break will favour the Irons over the billionaires from the King’s road.
Chelsea’s star studded squad will have been globe-trotting to put it mildly; representing their respective countries during the international break; their training ground must’ve been emptier than the club’s pockets till Roman rocked up. Hardly the perfect preparation for a big London derby and a fixture in which they got tonked last season is it?
West Ham however have had the bulk of their squad at Chadwell Heath working on this fixture since the humbling at Norwich. Now I’m not saying it’s going to be easy; it’ll be far from that, but what I am saying is that if ever there was a good time to play Chelsea it’s surely just after an international break.
Big Sam’s gang will be written off before Saturday night and I reckon that’ll play into the hands of Allardyce and the players, no-one and I mean no-one thought that the cockney boys would triumph at the Lane; a ground they hadn’t tasted sweet victory on in 13 long years; the Hammers relished the under-dog title that day and hopefully a similar outcome will lie in wait on Saturday.
Without doubt last season’s 3-1 victory over Chelsea almost a year ago was the most impressive result notched by West Ham last season. On that infamous day the under-dog triumphed over the over-whelming favourite and I see no reason with the international break favouring West Ham over Chelsea why history can’t repeat itself.
To quote the ‘special’ one himself when making remarks about the last international break: ‘I didn’t like the period. Four players to train. For the kids it is nice. But from the team perspective it is bad. You are playing well, you win some matches consecutively, you want to win again but the players disappear. They go to China, they go to Africa, they play important matches for qualification.
‘We lost against Everton and Basle immediately after that period; it always puts some question marks.’
With all that that being said, Come on you Irons...
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