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| sbobet88888 It's another London derby on home soil for the Blues this weekend. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton start their preview of what promises to be a poignant afternoon...
Chelsea’s final London derby of the season comes at a very emotional time for the club. The late Ray Wilkins, though, would be willing his side on to play well and win the three points on Sunday, and that is what everyone must do.
In prospect for the Blues is a 50th win against West Ham United in all competitions in what will be the 110th meeting between east and west. In case any further incentive were needed, the Hammers, surprise victors at the London Stadium, have not achieved a league double over Chelsea since 2002/03, one of the seasons they were relegated.
Before kick-off the champions may already have relinquished the title to Manchester City, who host rivals United on Saturday evening needing victory to succeed the Blues as winners of the Premier League. sbobet88888
Chelsea are aiming to extend a 12-game unbeaten run at home to West Ham in all competitions, stretching back a decade-and-a-half.
Chelsea could extend the home run to 13 undefeated against West Ham this weekend, though the ending of the even longer sequence against Spurs is still raw. To paraphrase the German poet Ludwig Jacobowski, though, ‘Do not cry because it is over. Smile, because it happened.’ Hopefully normal service will resume next season.
Sunday’s 1-3 defeat makes Champions League football in 2018/19 a less likely possibility. However, with Arsenal five points behind, Burnley 10, and Leicester 13, the Blues are still very handily placed to enter Europe’s second-biggest competition, the Europa League. sbobet88888