Premier League: Watch Chelsea vs. West Ham Live Online (Free Live Stream)
The Blues haven’t given up.
Defending champions Chelsea take on London rivals West Ham United at Stamford Bridge this afternoon (17:30 UK) looking to make it seven wins in the last eight Premier League games to keep pressure on Manchester United.
The West Londoners have climbed up to second place with their 3-1 victory over Birmingham on Wednesday (thanks to Florent Malouda’s brace) and Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with Tottenham. Carlo Ancelotti’s men are just six points behind the Red Devils and they still believe they can overhaul that deficit.
West Ham, on the other hand, are desperately seeking points to avoid the drop. After seemingly overcoming a tumultuous start to the season, Avram Grant’s side have dropped to second from the bottom and face a difficult set of games as they look to secure their survival. Unfortunately, the Hammers have not won at the Bridge since a 3-2 victory back in the 2002/2003 season, and will be eager to ease their relegation fears by surprising the hosts.
Chelsea will again be without Brazilian duo Alex and Ramires. They have missed the last two games with hamstring injuries but are expected to return for next weekend’s match against Spurs. West Ham’s Scott Parker remains sidelined by an Achilles problem, and in each of the three games the 30-year-old midfielder has missed this season, the Hammers have lost.
Other fixtures slated for today: Manchester United vs. Everton; Aston Villa vs. Stoke City; Blackpool vs. Newcastle United; Liverpool vs. Birmingham City; Sunderland vs. Wigan Athletic; Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Bromwich Albion; Fulham vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
UPDATE: Fernando Torres finally scored his first goal for Chelsea as the Blues beat West Ham United 3-0 to stay alive in the title race. To watch El Niño’s first goal for the West Londoners, click here.