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Rupert Wyman 21st Apr 2011 - 14:33

Nando is gunning for West Ham

Chelsea have managed to claw their way back into the title race and they are still to play Man Utd. The players will be desperate to keep the dream alive and they should have enough graft and guile to get past a struggling West Ham side on Saturday.

Chelsea looked poor in the Champions League against United but an improved performance against Birmingham midweek and results working in their favour have meant that the three points are now pivotal to Chelsea's season and Ancelotti's future.

Chelsea are are 1/4 to win at home, the draw is 9/2 and the away win is 11/1. Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eleven outings against West Ham and they will fancy their chances against their former manager Avram Grant's side.

Drogba may be rested and Torres has another opportunity to grab his first goal for the club. Both the fans and players want him to find the net and he is 8/13 to score anytime. Torres may even grab a brace against the Hammers (11/4, 2 or more) but his confidence in-front of goal seems shattered and he is not guaranteed to play ninety minutes.

Chelsea will be without the talented Brazilian duo Alex and Ramires and Parker is not fully fit for West Ham.  Avram's side are weak in defence and they have conceded thirty-one goals on the road. The Chelsea/Chelsea double result market is 8/13 and that is too short! The match is a London derby and West Ham are struggling to avoid the dreaded drop.

They will be looking for a draw (9/2) and will play counter-attacking football, it is 17/10 for the first half draw and they may hold Chelsea temporarily at bay. Both teams to score is even money and Chelsea seem incapable of keeping a clean-sheet.  One player who will be desperate to find the net for the Hammers is the ex-Chelsea striker Carlton Cole.

He is 4/1 to score anytime and Ranieri's former 'Lion' was at the Bridge along with his teammate Scott Parker. Parker never had a chance because Makelele was in his position and he used to play on the right. Cole's off the field behaviour was questionable but he was a fantastic talent that has gone on to play for England and he is destined like Parker for a bigger club.

Cole's partner in crime Robbie Keane will be sure to hear a torrent of abuse because of his Tottenham past. He is on loan at West Ham and he will depart Tottenham in the summer. He is out to impress potential suitors and he is 5/1 to score anytime. He was a nuisance at Spurs and he's at his best on the big occasions.

The form book suggests a Chelsea win and they still have a chance of wrestling the title off Man Utd. They should be too strong for Avram Grant's side but I would take the even money on both teams to score anytime in a game that at times could be end-to-end.




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