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Friday, 26 December 2014

Chelsea vs West Ham United: team news and match preview




Eden Hazard could be a doubt for Chelsea's Boxing Day clash with West Ham at Stamford Bridge. The playmaker limped off late on in Monday's 2-0 victory over Stoke after a tackle from Jonathan Walters.

Oscar will hope for a recall after being left on the bench at the Britannia Stadium.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will welcome midfielder Mark Noble back into his squad for their Boxing Day derby at Chelsea.

Noble has missed the last four games with an Achilles problem but has handed Allardyce a boost by returning to training in advance of the festive fixtures.

James Tomkins (hamstring) is the only absentee for the Hammers - with James Collins ready to step in alongside Winston Reid in the heart of their defence.

Chelsea's provisional squad: Courtois, Cech, Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Luis, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Zouma, Terry, Fabregas, Mikel, Matic, Hazard, Ramires, Matic, Schurrle, Oscar, Salah, Willian, Drogba, Remy, Costa.

West Ham's provisional squad: Adrian, Jaaskelainen, Cresswell, O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, Collins, Jenkinson, Noble, Kouyate, Song, Nolan, Amalfitano, Downing, Jarvis, Vaz Te, Cole, Zarate, Sakho, Carroll, Valencia.

Referee: Michael Oliver: 13, Y54 R2.

Betting: Home 1-3, Away 4-1, Draw 8-1.

Stat of the game: Sam Allardyce has managed just two wins in 21 Premier League games Chelsea.

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