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Nic Ladds 14th Dec 2008 - 12:29

Let’s be Frank – Zola’s praying for a win

Former Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time as a manager with struggling West Ham United.

Between 1996 and 2003 the little Italian made 312 appearances for the Blues, scoring 80 goals, and won the FA Cup twice, the Charity Shield, the Coca-Cola Cup, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Super Cup - as well as being voted Football Writers' Association player of the year for 1997, and Chelsea's greatest ever player. Not bad...

His genius on the pitch has not transferred to the dug-out as he would have liked, with his West Ham side currently flirting dangerously with the bottom three.

They lie in 16th place in the Premier League table, level on points with billionaire's club Manchester City and managerless Sunderland, but would jump to 11th with a victory today. They'll go 10th if they beat their opposition 7-0, but that seems very unlikely seeing as they're 14/1 just to win at all.

His former employers Chelsea, on the other hand, are sitting pretty in second position, and will overtake Liverpool at the top if they take the three points on offer. The west-Londoners are on amazing form away from home, having won eight from eight, but have lost twice on their own patch.

Admittedly these defeats were to Arsenal and Liverpool, so manager Luiz Felipe Scolari probably won't be too nervous about this match - live on Sky Sports 1 - and at 1/4 we agree that it should be an easy one.

After three of the so-called 'Big Four' drew yesterday, this game represents a great chance to show they mean business in the race for the title. A share of the points today would be a hammer-blow to their campaign, but again we don't think it likely - we'll give you 4/1 should it happen.

Be sure to join us for the 16:00 kick-off - when the action gets underway you'll still be able to get a bet on. Whatever happens in the match, our betlive service will have all the angles covered.

Chelsea v West Ham - Sunday 16:00


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