Reasoning before the game: Chelski.
“Mathematically we’re in the title race but we have to be honest and focus now on the Champions League and FA Cup.”
That's the words from Chelsea's Guud Hiddink and may give hope for a West Ham win. Will we at last be able not only to draw the big four, but also get a win against some of'em this season?? I think that a draw would be nice enough.
We've done that at Stamford bridge, so why shouldn't we e able to win at home?
Yes, of course we can win (it would be the first time since 2003). But I guess this will be a very different game from the draw in December, and maybe even harder!
But? Chelsea will concentrate on the game against Barcelona next week. They have given Man U the title, I saw them play less convincing football against Everton this Tuesday than in many weeks..... easy pieces then?
Nope, this will probably be a game where youngsters play youngsters. And while Chelsea can play quite relaxed with new fresh players (as the biggest names probably will be rested) who will do everything to prove themselves when they get the chance we do sometimes fail to take advantage of situations like this. And may feel more pressure than the guests. That will give the young players a lift - and therfore I'd like to play Savio as well - but I doubt it will help players like Di MIchele and Tristan.
A key man - apart from the defence and Green of course - for us may be the young Junior Stanislas who seems to play with great joy each minute. When loaned to Southend he was great against Chelski (FAcup) and he has improved since. So with huge confidence he will - once again - show what he can do. Big hopes on him.
A great loss for us is that Scott Parker can't play. He was the man to stop Mikel/Lampard (if played). Now others have to do it. The much improved Boa Morte may be a suggestion.
Neill - Tomkins - Upson - Ilunga
Stanislas - Noble - Boa Morte - Savio
Tristan - Dyer
Subs: Lastuvka, Spector, Lopez, Payne, Kovac, Sears, Hines
This selection will give us great pace at each flank and some weight and strong defence in the middle of the field. Savio and Boa Morte can exchange places (together with Dyer) and create some flow. Stanislas to help Neill?? Yes, I think Junior already has proven that he can cover well in defense too. I guess they will be up against Kalou. And I'm not afraid!
PS. By the way, if not already done, you should read the Jason Burt-interview with our man Zola HERE. Really great read. Thanks!