Chelsea v West Ham preview

Alex and Ramires are again set to be absent for Chelsea. The

Brazilian duo have missed the last two matches with hamstring

injuries but are expected to be fit for next weekend’s game against

Tottenham. Branislav Ivanovic could return after sitting out

Wednesday night’s match against Birmingham with a muscle strain,

while Ashley Cole is expected to shrug off the slight ankle knock

that forced him off in midweek. West Ham will be without key

midfielder Scott Parker for tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League

encounter with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The 30-year-old was

today named the Football Writers Association’s player of the year,

but will miss out tomorrow with an Achilles complaint. Fellow

midfielder Gary O’Neil (ankle ligament) is out for the rest of the

season and Kieron Dyer (hamstring) is also absent, but Jack

Collison will be included in the squad after a long-standing knee

injury. Chelsea (from): Cech, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Terry, Luiz,

Ivanovic, Zhirkov, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Essien, Lampard,

Benayoun, Kalou, Malouda, Anelka, Torres, Drogba, Turnbull. West

Ham (from): Green, Jacobsen, Tomkins, Upson, Bridge, Noble,

Hitzlsperger, Piquionne, Spector, Ba, Cole, Boffin, Reid, Da Costa,

Boa Morte, Obinna, Collison, Keane.