Chelsea Match Preview Part 2

Last updated : 20 January 2002 By Mike Reich
Yes! I'm at Chelsea now
West Ham play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in a match that is being shown live on Sky Pay Per View at 2.00pm (coverage starts from 1.30pm).

We took the opportunity to talk to Brian at Chelsea-MAD about the match:

WestHammersFC: What do you think of your chairman, Ken Bates?
Chelsea-MAD: Bates does a good job but he talks about it too much.

WestHammersFC: Do you think that Claudio Ranieri is the man to take Chelsea to the top?
Chelsea-MAD: Ranieri will take Chelsea to the top. Since his first game in charge last season I have had a feeling about him. His tactics have been questioned but he's doing a good job.

WestHammersFC: Who are your worst and best players so far this season?
Chelsea-MAD: Hasselbaink, Gudjhonsen, Terry & Gallas best players.

WestHammersFC: Have you got any hidden gems in your squad?
Chelsea-MAD: Le Saux is a key figure in the Chelsea team I think.

WestHammersFC: What will the line up be?
Chelsea-MAD: Chelsea (from): Cudicini, Melchiot, Gallas, Zenden, Desailly, Stanic, Lampard, Le Saux, Gudjohnsen, Forssell, Zola, Hasselbaink, Petit, Terry.

WestHammersFC: What is your opinion on the signing of ex-Hammer Frank Lampard?
Chelsea-MAD: Lampard has taken time to settle at Chelsea but he's starting to show his true potential now.

WestHammersFC: What is your current opinion on West Ham?
Chelsea-MAD: West Ham are a good footballing side but you always feel you have a chance of beating them on your on patch because of their poor away record and their tendency to leak goals.

WestHammersFC: Who do you think is West Ham's potentially dangerous player?
Chelsea-MAD: Di Canio is your biggest threat I think- why couldn't he have joined UTD before this game!

WestHammersFC: What do you reckon the result be against West Ham this weekend?
Chelsea-MAD: Result - 2-0 Chelsea - sorry.

WestHammersFC: What was your reaction when you drew West Ham in the cup?
Chelsea-MAD: With the cup draw you always hope to be at home so it's not that bad for Chelsea. We could have drawn an easier team to play though but if your gonna win the cup you've got to beat who-ever you come up against.

With John Moncur now suspended for three games following his double yellow against Macclesfield in the FA Cup match, Michael Carrick makes a timely comeback for this match.

The midfield is likely to therefore be our top line-up of Hutchison on the right, Sincs on the left, and Cole and Carrick in the centre. Paolo and Freddie should start up front, whilst the back four and James should remain unchanged.

Bookings at the back will be best avoided, due to all the back four having four yellow cards each - one more, and a suspension is on the cards. New signing Vladimir Labant is available, but is still not match fit, so will probably not be in the squad.