• FT

    West Ham

    3

    Chelsea

    1

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    Arsenal

    0

    Swansea

    2

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    Fulham

    0

    Tottenham

    3

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    Liverpool

    1

    Southampton

    0

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    Man City

    1

    Everton

    1

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    QPR

    1

    Aston Villa

    1

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    West Brom

    0

    Stoke

    1

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    Reading

    3

    Man Utd

    4

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Upton Park, England

Attendance: 35005

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West Ham United

  • Carlton Cole 63'
  • Mohamed Diame 86'
  • Modibo Maíga 90' +1'

3 - 1

FT

Chelsea

  • Juan Mata 13'
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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    RT @adlarcada_ESPN: Chance of advancing in Confed Cup group stage (per SPI): Group B: Spain (95.0%), Uruguay (63.1%), avg African champ ...

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    Ravi Ubha: So long for now.

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    Ravi Ubha: Guys, thanks for joining me today. It was great fun, as always.
    Enjoy the 10 am games.
    We'll do it again soon.

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    [Comment from johnny ]
    who would have guessed west ham in front of liverpool at this point?

  •  

    [Comment from Andy ]
    It's sorry to watch Torres try so hard but it just doesn't work for him anymore

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @tehdago That and HE OWNS EVERY SINGLE TIDBIT OF CHELSEA FC.

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    Ravi Ubha: No, Andy. But a reminder that JT (bang on cue) will be with you for the MLS Cup final at 4 eastern.
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/feature/_/id/1246840/the-boot-room?cc=5901

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @brownieboytb Yup, all his fault. Players exemplary, fought to the end.

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    [Comment from Andy ]
    Are you staying for the 10 AM games ?

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    Ravi Ubha: Thanks, Bryan.

  •  

    [Comment from Jason ]
    Rafa is completely to blame for that loss. Not Roman.

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    Ravi Ubha: Almost, seventh.

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    [Comment from Charlie ]
    West Ham up to sixth.

  •  

    [Comment from Czuch Norris ]
    Did Rafa just make Big Sam look like a tactical wizard?

  •  

    [Comment from Vargo ]
    Sam's substitutions changed the game completely. Rafa was out-coached in the second half, badly.

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    [Comment from john ]
    If Roman's money left Chelsea would be fighting off Sunderland for 10th

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    Ravi Ubha: First win for the Hammers vs. Chelsea in nine years.

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    The last time West Ham beat Chelsea by 2+ goals was 1988.

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    Ravi Ubha: FT: West Ham 3-1 Chelsea.

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    Ravi Ubha: Final whistle!

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    None of this could be considered Roman's fault. He only bought the players, hired/fired/hired the managers. #CFC

  •  

    [Comment from Andy ]
    Losing a London derby to West Ham after two goalless draws, that's incredible.

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    Ravi Ubha: Oh, come on. Let's not get carried away. He's MADE the club. They wouldn't be league and European winners without him.

  •  

    [Comment from Brian ]
    Roman Just need to give it up, he's ruined this club

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie ]
    I'm going to visit the Emirates on my first trip to London. I may want to visit Upton Park. I love bubbles.

  •  

    [Comment from kevin (usa) ]
    I LOVE FOOTBALL

  •  

    [Comment from Kyle ]
    I'm forever blowing bubbles

  •  

    [Comment from Guest ]
    lol torres

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    Ravi Ubha: Just to add to Torres' misery: He's foiled by Jussi.

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    [Comment from kevin (usa) ]
    wow what were the odds given on this scoreline?!

  •  

    [Comment from Troy ]
    Horrible 2nd half from Chelsea.

  •  

    [Comment from RagaGone? ]
    Isn't it a serious question we can ask right now?

  •  

    [Comment from Matt ]
    Sack Roman!

  •  

    [Comment from Misty ]
    Utter collapse

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Surely Rafa's fault that Ashley Cole played that suicidal pass.

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    Ravi Ubha: Sam celebrating like he's won the FA Cup.

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    [Comment from Andy ]
    Wow!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Bad mistake by Cole to Maiga, to Taylor, save by Cech, rebound to Maiga.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Chelsea needs more than an interim manager. But at least gaffers grow on trees, right?

  •  

    [Comment from Guest ]
    they're chanting "you'll be sacked in the morning"

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    Ravi Ubha: Taylor to Maiga!

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    Ravi Ubha: Game over.

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    Ravi Ubha: 3-1!!!

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    Ravi Ubha: Four minutes of injury time.

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    Ravi Ubha: Time for some West Ham time wasting in the corner.

  •  

    [Comment from CelticFC ]
    Unless Moses had a knock, Rafa's change makes no sense

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    Ravi Ubha: Nolan's shot from a tight angle blocked by Ivanovic.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    It will all be blamed on Rafa Benitez, of course. At this point, #CFC managers should be picked via reality show.

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    Ravi Ubha: Zero.

  •  

    [Comment from Salvatore ]
    Odds that Di Matteo is recalled?

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    Ravi Ubha: For a permanent interim manager, yes :)

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    7 hours until #MLSCup 2012. David Beckham led MLS this season with 7 goals from 20+ yards away.

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    [Comment from Andy ]
    What's the shortest number of games a new manager played before being sacked ? Rafa could set a new record, right ?

  •  

    [Comment from lando4city ]
    Dear Rafa: A thousand thanks. Sincerely, Roberto

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    [Comment from Misty ]
    Benitez out coached in the second half

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    [Comment from Kyle ]
    excellent use of bubbles

  •  

    [Comment from idol ]
    Roman should go

  •  

    [Comment from Pete ]
    Hope it was worth it, Comrade Abramovich!!!

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    Ravi Ubha: West Ham want a third. Another corner.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    #RafaBall

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    Ravi Ubha: Maiga for Cole.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    Is this what you wanted Roman!? Is that what we were supposed to get!?

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    [Comment from Bryan ]
    Bye Bye Benitez

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    [Comment from johnny ]
    that was very well played great strike

  •  

    [Comment from Matt ]
    Rafa to be sacked?

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    [Comment from Charlie ]
    Bye bye Rafa. We hardly knew you....at Chelsea.

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    Ravi Ubha: Cole to Diame, and his low finish is too quick for Cech.

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    RT @adlarcada_ESPN: Pct chance of advancing out of Confed Cup group stage (per SPI): Group A: Brazil (90.8%), Mexico (57.8%), Japan (26. ...

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    [Comment from Vargo ]
    DIAMMMEEEEE!!!!

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    Ravi Ubha: 2-1 West Ham.

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    Ravi Ubha: And what an impact by Diame!

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    Ravi Ubha: GOAL!!!!!!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Carlton Cole named West Ham's player of the game. Disagree there. Has to be Jarvis. Diame has also made an impact in the second half.

  •  

    [Comment from Bryan ]
    Yet another reason why Ashley Cole deserves to get a new contract. Another solid performance

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    Ravi Ubha: Oscar's shot from 20 yards goes over after a deflection but no corner.

  •  

    [Comment from CJ ]
    Going off of last year's FA Cup Semifinal, that was a goal.

  •  

    [Comment from Wallguest ]
    how many times has cole done that?

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    Ravi Ubha: Defending ones, that is.

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    Ravi Ubha: Which tells you Chelsea isn't so good on corners.

  •  

    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    Ashley Cole is just unbelievable clearing balls off the line.

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    [Comment from john ]
    Torres would have missed the keeper...and the goal

  •  

    [Comment from Kyle ]
    Torres is good ... at getting people fired

  •  

    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    Ashley Cole has been huge off the line this season.

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    Ravi Ubha: Reid's header didn't cross the line, confirmed by replays.

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    Ravi Ubha: Ashley Cole denies Winston Reid!

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    Ravi Ubha: Off the line!

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    Ravi Ubha: Good pass from Noble, but maybe Jarvis should have done better on the finish.

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    Ravi Ubha: Good save by Cech with Jarvis breaking in on the left!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Or 'was?'

  •  

    [Comment from idol ]
    torres was Good...emphasis on "good"

  •  

    [Comment from john ]
    Torres would be just fine at $20,000 a week at Wigan.

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    Ravi Ubha: While the ball's out of play, let me remind you to join James at 4 eastern for the MLS Cup final between LA and Houston. Here's the link:
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/feature/_/id/1246840/the-boot-room?cc=5901

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    [Comment from Jason ]
    I think Torres has a great attitude and work ethic. He is just not any good.

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    Ravi Ubha: For a yellow!

  •  

    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    And of course he brings off Moses. Has Mikel's name been called in this half?

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    Ravi Ubha: Strange. Moses, as mentioned, I thought was having a good game.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Before playing in Europe, #USMNT stars like Clint Dempsey had a trailblazer. It was Mike Masters, writes @AndyHLew: j.mp/Uhk38N

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    [Comment from Vargo ]
    Marin for Moses, your thoughts Ravi?

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    [Comment from Bryan ]
    As a Chelsea fan I am sick of torres and his poor attitude. Adios

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    Ravi Ubha: The camera pans to the fans and they're shaking their heads...

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    Ravi Ubha: 79: Marin for Moses.

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    Ravi Ubha: Sounds like a lot of disgruntled Chelsea fans out there.

  •  

    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    Can we do something else!? All we do is play through ball right to the goalkeeper.

  •  

    [Comment from moses ]
    Chelsea FC is very much confused

  •  

    [Comment from kevin (usa) ]
    I am having extreme Schadenfreude watching Chelsea suffer (Spurs supporter)!!!

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    Ravi Ubha: Mata attempts a through ball for Moses but an alert JJ is out early to collect.

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    Chelsea players coming unglued. They are ripe for the plucking.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hey, Roman knows that. But he still appointed him.

  •  

    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    Most annoying thing about Benitez.... he never makes an effort to push forward. He takes off one attacking player for another when he should be taking off a defensive midfielder.

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    [Comment from john ]
    Is there a rule that Mikel never seems to do anything but never comes off?

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    Ravi Ubha: Reid with the header and for a second it looked like it was going to the corner! But not any pace on it and Cech gathers.

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    Ravi Ubha: More panic in the box but Ramires with a good challenge to put off Taylor on his header. Another corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Chelsea fans start again: "There's only one Di Matteo."

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    Ravi Ubha: Disagree. Moses has been good today. Hazard not as good.

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    [Comment from Kojo ]
    He should be taking Moses off not Hazard

  •  

    [Comment from Morty ]
    The Clattenberg Effect?

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    [Comment from Misty ]
    This is when Chelsea could really use that on field leadership to settle everyone down and get them back on the same page

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    [Comment from Alex ]
    That's a penalty 100%!

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    Ravi Ubha: 73: Oscar for Hazard.

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    Ravi Ubha: Horrible goal kick from JJ, straight to Hazard...he's out of position but Hazard's effort over the bar.

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    Ravi Ubha: Moses went down in the box. I'll have to see a replay.

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    [Comment from idol ]
    that's a penalty!!!

  •  

    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    Torres is scared of the ball.

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    Ravi Ubha: Oscar stripped off and will come on shortly.

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    Ravi Ubha: Mikel was booked, btw, for voicing his displeasure at the WH goal.

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    Ravi Ubha: Diame can be good, and he can be bad...the latter there. His shot from 40 yards is a 40-yard field goal.

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    [Comment from Julio ]
    Are West Ham fans singing "You'll be sacked in the morning" yet ?

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    Ravi Ubha: Going back to the goal, that's the problem refs create. There's no consistency at all.

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    Ravi Ubha: I couldn't catch the number, but the WH goal came from a Chelsea giveaway.

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    [Comment from moses ]
    IT is a open game now

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    [Comment from Vargo ]
    Chelsea needs to settle down.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Neil, put that question on Twitter at #FCBootrom and it might get answered by them.

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    [Comment from Neil in Boston ]
    Ian and Steve, you mentioned that players are complaining to the referee after every decision. Why don't the referees just book those players for time wasting? How is that different than a keeper holding onto the ball too long near the end of a match?

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    [Comment from Jared ]
    Maybe if Ivanovic tried to jump or something? I know he had someone all over him but he just kinda stood there and let it happen.

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    So Spain plays Tahiti, which is 153rd in SPI rankings. Over/under on Spain goals and possession...7.5 & 89.5%?

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    Ravi Ubha: It was Cole's first goal of the season, and first vs. his former team.

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    Ravi Ubha: It was coming.

  •  

    [Comment from moses ]
    I said it they are very much close to getting a goal and they got it.

  •  

    [Comment from Zack ]
    Atkinson and his crew gave that goal to west ham, what a joke

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: All of a sudden this doesn't look like Chelsea's day. Mata;s free kick hits the post...

  •  

    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    Well next time I play football I'll make sure I bear hug my opponent and see if I get a goal.

  •  

    [Comment from Troy ]
    Torres has to finish from there!

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    [Comment from johnny ]
    he was on him like a coat

  •  

    [Comment from Troy ]
    looked like a foul to me

  •  

    [Comment from kevin (usa) ]
    is that not a foul???

  •  

    [Comment from Alex ]
    Chelsea pay for their missed chances in the first half

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie ]
    Upton Park is LOUDER now!

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    Ravi Ubha: Torres, though, shoots straight at JJ.

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    Ravi Ubha: Chelsea almost go ahead!

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    Ravi Ubha: Julio, - India, even though Eng has the momentum.

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    Ravi Ubha: Cross from Jarvis, and Cole is ALL OVER Ivanovic. No call...that was much worse than Collins' foul in the first half.

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    Ravi Ubha: Carlton Cole.

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    Ravi Ubha: 1-1

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    Ravi Ubha: GOAL!

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    [Comment from Julio ]
    Ravi, your favorite to win the 3rd England-India test match ?

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    Alex...demoralises the team? The only thing that would demoralise a team is failing to make payday.

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    Ravi Ubha: Suarez.

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    The Brazilian chef at Confed Cup draw won't be asked back. Drew from the wrong pot once & almost did it twice more.

  •  

    [Comment from Kyle ]
    better diver, suarez or torres?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Terry, Lamps and Hilario watching in the stands.
    There's a nice job (Hilario) if you can get it.

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    Ravi Ubha: 61 minutes done.

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    Ravi Ubha: Some respite for Chelsea. A free kick. But Mata's ball doesn't penetrate the D, and the chance goes.

  •  

    [Comment from Alex ]
    Why do chelsea fans like chanting Di Matteo's name? You know your chanting has no effect on any decisions.. Just demoralises the team.

  •  

    [Comment from Misty ]
    West Ham getting the better of Chelsea so far this half. Time for fresh legs for Chelsea

  •  

    [Comment from Raza_88 ]
    West Ham sure could have done with Carroll today

  •  

    [Comment from Julio ]
    I think he's playing Tic Tac Toe with himself.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Hmm, well, they were a little lucky not to concede vs. Fulham.

  •  

    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    The one definite assumption you can make from Rafa's work so far is that the back line is much, much more solid.

  •  

    [Comment from Charlie ]
    Upton Park is LOUD today!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Notes, I'm guessing.

  •  

    [Comment from Julio ]
    Ravi, what on earth does Benitez keep writing on those small pieces of paper ?

  •  

    [Comment from Michael ]
    That's the first time I've seen "pulling a John Terry" used in a positive context

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    2013 Confed Cup draw....Group A: Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Italy. Group B: Spain, Uruguay, Tahiti, 2013 African champ.

  •  

    [Comment from Morty ]
    Cahill took that like a man. Quite refreshing.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Vital interception by Ivanovic as Nolan slid a ball past Cech and into the danger zone.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Noble takes, and speaking of Fernando, he clears. Now that's what the 50 million was for.

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    Ravi Ubha: WH corner.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: According to Infostrada, that was Torres' first assist in the league since March.

  •  

    [Comment from Jason ]
    Cahill pulled a John terry with that diving clearing header

  •  

    [Comment from Kyle ]
    The ole boot to the head

  •  

    [Comment from Jake Nazat ]
    At this moment I don't see any reason for Oscar to come on. If West Ham score.....different story.

  •  

    [Comment from Michael ]
    It's more than just blocking shots. They block them very well, and rarely give up a goal off a deflection

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: To be fair to C. Cole, the ball wasn't that high; it was a stooping header from the former Bolton man.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Great cross by the sweet left foot of Matty Taylor but a boot catches Cahill in the face as he tries to clear with his head.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest ]
    68 Oscar come on

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Blocking shots is good. Terry is the master.

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Humorous moment at Confed Cup draw. Uruguay had to go in Group B, but spot was drawn from Group A. Confusion reigns.

  •  

    [Comment from Jason ]
    Not to sound biased but I haven't seen a team that blocks shots more often than Chelsea.

  •  

    [Comment from Kyle ]
    Fans don't like Hammerhead? He's great!

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Let's see how the game shapes up. Rafa and 60 minutes usually = some sub.

  •  

    [Comment from Julio ]
    Ravi, when does Oscar come on ?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Foul called on Nolan for obstructing Cech. Again he's not happy. Better be careful or a card will come. He's already been told off by the ref.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Short corner, and Az with a good block to deny Nolan.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Another chance. Diame from the edge of the box, middle, but it's blocked I think by Carlton Cole.

  •  

    [Comment from johnny ]
    cole has never been a prem scorer

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: A good start to the second half for WH. More energy, life.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Jarvis with more good work, this time on the right. Floats in a cross but an onrushing Cole sends his header over the bar.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Quick answer: Odds of winning one in '13, 35-65.

  •  

    [Comment from Morty ]
    Ravi - can Murray win another major in 2013?

  •  

    [Comment from Troy ]
    That dancing hammer is hysterical.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Let's go through it: Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Fulham, QPR, West Ham.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest ]
    How many Premier League teams are in London?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Chelsea unchanged.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Taylor on for O'Neil, too.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Diame, when on his game, is one of the best in the division.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Tomkins off for Diame.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Not a city derby but yeah, that is one great derby.

  •  

    [Comment from johnny ]
    what about the afc wimbledon mk dons game?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: No surprise that most of their chances created (only a few) have come from set pieces.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Second half about to begin.
    Can the Hammers rally?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I'm surprised no one has mentioned Charlton-Palace.

  •  

    [Comment from Al ]
    QPR vs Fulham

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Are you guys aware of Chris Kamara? Over here he's a football personality and absolutely hilarious. His commercials for Ladbrokes are keepers.

  •  

    [Comment from braza ]
    I hit the rewind to listen to Ian talk about the stations! So, I was interested.

  •  

    [Comment from Troy ]
    I thing Macca could grow that stache all year and couldn't catch up with what Lalas had in a week

  •  

    [Comment from dane ]
    There is only one real London Derby, sorry it's not just the North London one.. In terms of intensity you will be hard pressed to find a better derby in all of Europe.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Movember. Raises awareness for charity organizations.

  •  

    [Comment from elbojpb ]
    Macca - What's up with the moustache?

  •  

    [Comment from johnny ]
    to play a whole year is not the same as a short spell loan

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Good question! #FCBootroom.

  •  

    [Comment from Ern ]
    Will Macca ever go into coaching?

  •  

    [Comment from Morty ]
    really getting tired of landon's act. let him retire.

  •  

    [Comment from Alex ]
    Chelsea vs Arsenal. Would be Arsenal vs Spurs if it wasn't so lopsided recently

  •  

    [Comment from idol ]
    donovan is a good player

  •  

    [Comment from S04th ]
    Millwall/Hammers. Dockers Derby!

  •  

    [Comment from moses ]
    My favorite chelsea and Arsenal

  •  

    [Comment from theilio ]
    arsenal vs spurs from a chelsea fan

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: That Donovan didn't play in England tells us about his mindset. This is the best league in the world...

  •  

    [Comment from Troy ]
    I want to see Donovan back at Everton on a permanent contract

  •  

    [Comment from Guest ]
    of course chelsea vs arsenal... although i like arsenal vs spurs

  •  

    [Comment from johnny ]
    fulham chelsea

  •  

    [Comment from Vipin ]
    Arsenal vs spurs ans Chelsea vs fulham

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Maybe. It sounds like he's considering retirement.

  •  

    [Comment from johnny ]
    did he say it might be donovan's last game in la as well?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: During the break, here's a question:
    What are your favorite London derbies?

  •  

    [Comment from Jason ]
    A good five minutes to a good 45 minutes... Chelsea definitely deserved the lead.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: OK, it's halftime. Keep the questions coming at #FCBootroom.

  •  

    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    Setting up these walls is a sham. Prem refs should use that disappearing spray to help stop players from creeping forward like toddlers.

  •  

    [Comment from Michael ]
    Now THAT is a great save

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Chelsea deserve the lead but West Ham came on in the final five minutes of the half.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: HT whistle goes. West Ham 0-1 Chelsea.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: For a second.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Nolan dispossessed by Moses and Chelsea can break.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Not from the free kick but second later, as Cech tips over Nolan's header.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Great save Cech !

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: 20 yards.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: But a free kick for WH.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Right call. Wasn't a goal scoring opp. Cahill had it covered. Common sense by Atkinson.

  •  

    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    8 hours until #MLSCup 2012. Los Angeles is in its record 8th final & seeks to tie D.C.'s record of 4 titles.

  •  

    [Comment from john ]
    Physics tricked Cech

  •  

    [Comment from Kyle ]
    Moses > WH defense

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: But only a yellow for Cech when he punches outside the area.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Trouble for Chelsea...

  •  

    [Comment from soccer idol ]
    did anyone see victor moses skills.? that dude has some raw talent

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: My fantasy moves this week: Enrique for Bertrand and Sterling for Wilshere. Enrique listed as a defender but is now playing midfield.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: I like the way you spelled Eden...like Blizzard. I'll let it go.

  •  

    [Comment from johnny ]
    got hazzard on my fant. team need more goals

  •  

    [Comment from Misty ]
    I'm really liking Moses inclusion

  •  

    [Comment from Michael ]
    That looks like a great save, but honestly Mata hit the ball right at him

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    [Comment from john ]
    West Ham has spent the half showing they are a lot slower than Chelsea

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    [Comment from Michael ]
    There's 12 year old Americans with a stronger weak foot than Ashley Cole. His refusal to pass with his right foot is amazing

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    Ravi Ubha: Another chance goes begging for Chelsea. A sloppy pull back from Cole...they could be up 3-0.

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    Ravi Ubha: No and No.

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    [Comment from Saul ]
    Who will surprise us this season? Will Everton or WBA clinch a Champs League spot?

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    [Comment from john ]
    Carlton Cole isn't a mini Drogba, he's an old Lukaku

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    Ravi Ubha: Ball on the other flank, Moses with good work. He finds Mata, whose shot is straight at JJ.

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    Ravi Ubha: And almost two!

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    Ravi Ubha: Chelsea getting so much joy on West Ham's left. O'Brien can't cope with Az.

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    [Comment from johnny ]
    hammers on the front foot

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    [Comment from Vipin ]
    Ravi still think opponents wil have that smile after seeing torres in the line up

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    [Comment from Jules ]
    Cech's awareness brilliant, even fouled and falling he makes sure to keep the ball in bounds there

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    [Comment from Michael ]
    Yeah, and he was laughing the whole time. Talking to doesn't do anything, card the man

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    Ravi Ubha: WH corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: At his best he's a mini Drogba.

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    Ravi Ubha: That's a good description.

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    [Comment from john ]
    Carlton Cole doing his usual role of "looking" the part of a good forward without actually being one.

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    Ravi Ubha: He got a talking to.

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    [Comment from Michael ]
    How is that not a card?

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    Ravi Ubha: Not at the game, but let's hope the West Ham fans behave today. No silly chants.

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    Ravi Ubha: Nolan goes in on Cech and makes no attempt to win the ball.

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    Ravi Ubha: That WAS a foul.

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    Ravi Ubha: Midnight Oil.

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    [Comment from john ]
    James Collins -- closer to the Midnight Oil guy or Mr. Clean?

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    Ravi Ubha: Way too early yet. Should be in about an hour.

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    [Comment from moses ]
    DOES anyone know the starting 11 for the gunners?

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    [Comment from john ]
    is the ref going to give the hammers a break

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    Ravi Ubha: Wow, that looked like nothing to me. Collins called for a push on Ivanovic ...whistle goes, but Nolan wasn't to know and stuck the ball in the corner. Bad call, Mr. Atkinson.

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    If the whistle hadn't gone, that would have produced one heck of an epic chicken dance by Nolan.

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    Ravi Ubha: Rafa and Sam haven't always seen eye to eye, but it's the Spaniard who'll be much happier with his team so far.

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    Ravi Ubha: And West Ham almost made to pay.
    Hazard's rising left-footed shot rises a little too much. Goal kick.

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    Ravi Ubha: Groans from the home fans when Demel clears for a corner instead of taking the ball down and booting it upfield. He had time.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hit up Macca and Ian at #FCBootroom, don't forget.

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    Ravi Ubha: Thirty minutes done, and Chelsea in complete control.

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    [Comment from moses ]
    Torres is making a good moves in this game,i really think he will get a goal

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    [Comment from john ]
    I'm guessing that Torres has one more great pass and one more outrageous wiff left in this game...probably this half

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    [Comment from Cole ]
    Blues still haven't allowed an EPL goal under Benitez...

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    Ravi Ubha: Where was the left back? Azpilicueta totally unchallenged on the right, and he had ample time to put in a cross.

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    [Comment from Matt ]
    Torres!!! Why do you do this to me????

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    [Comment from Cole ]
    Torres always looks sharp, movement wise, then disappears after 15 minutes...

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    [Comment from Michael ]
    In Torres' defense, he never should have gotten that ball. Should have been played to Ivanovic

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    Ravi Ubha: Good work initially by Torres, as he easily evades Collins, but his cut back wasn't so good. Poor pass for Hazard.

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    [Comment from john ]
    Fernando "Should have done Better" Torres is his name isn't it?

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    [Comment from Abel ]
    what a miss from Torres

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    Ravi Ubha: No, I don't think so. The fade will continue, but I expect them to be comfortable in third.

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    [Comment from Kyle ]
    Any chance Chelsea can keep up with the Manchester teams?

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    Ravi Ubha: He's great for us neutrals, though.

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    Ivanovic's run on that break was awesome. Torres' effort, not so much.

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    [Comment from Misty ]
    As a Chelsea fan, I hope Cahill has a great same so that Luiz starts warming the bench. My heart can't take his antics.

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    Ravi Ubha: Now there's the bad Torres.
    Chelsea counter off the corner, 4 on 2. Ramires to Torres but his shot from inside the box looks like a field goal kicker kicking a convert. Slow and high, over the bar.

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    Ravi Ubha: And for a moment there was panic in the box.
    That's where Carroll is missed.

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    Ravi Ubha: After that good start, West Ham finding it very difficult. Jarvis has been the top performer, and he wins a free kick when fouled by Azpilicueta.

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    Ravi Ubha: I remember that feeling. You're right. Is great.

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    [Comment from cgs878 ]
    I love waking up to soccer on Saturday mornings (east coast USA here).

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    Ravi Ubha: Hazard takes it, but Cole temporarily clears.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    In which minute do the #CFC fans cheer for Avram Grant? Is there an index card?

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    Ravi Ubha: Chelsea corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: Don't think so. If there was a time it would have been for his ridiculous behaviour last season.

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    [Comment from Vipin ]
    so is balotelli going away from epl?

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    Ravi Ubha: I wouldn't say so. Dortmund really turned it on last season in the second half. However, Bayern must now be the heavy, heavy favorites.

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    [Comment from Matt ]
    Is the Bundesliga race over with a Bayern win today?

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    Ravi Ubha: The Brazilian is banned.

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    [Comment from Michael ]
    I kind of miss having David Luiz picked in the squad. I don't have the feeling of panic anymore when the ball gets passed backwards

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    Ravi Ubha: But then West Ham gives away the ball (Demel) and Moses should have done better. Similar spot to where Mata was on his goal, but on the other side of JJ, but his side foot goes way wide.

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    Ravi Ubha: Too much on it, and a little to close to JJ, who grabs it.

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    Ravi Ubha: Chelsea with a free kick, Mata taking it. He'll look to send it in the box.

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    Ravi Ubha: Morty, interesting question. I'm not sure he'd leave for anywhere outside London because he has a family and it would only potentially be for a few months. Also, I don't think AVB would want him to go, and I'm convinced yet that Lloris won't make an error or two and thus open the door for a return. He made a blunder vs. Liverpool but got away with it thanks to Henderson's wastefulness.

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    Ravi Ubha: Sixteen minutes done and the Chelsea fans chanting again, "There's only one Di Matteo..." At least they're consistent.

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    Ravi - with Lloris apparently now the number 1 keeper for Spurs do you think Friedel moves in January? He is clearly better than some other teams' number 1.

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    Ravi Ubha: He has looked bright in his Chelsea appearances.

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    [Comment from john ]
    Good to see Moses getting some playing time. Too bad he didn't stay at Wigan one more year.

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    [Comment from fridz ]
    good luck to benitez , i don't want him to be sacked this early

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    Ravi Ubha: Let's see how West Ham react to this. They actually started the brighter.

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    Ravi Ubha: Going back to him and Welbeck, they're different types of players. JH is a poacher, while Welbeck likes to drop a little deeper.

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    [Comment from john ]
    Chicharito would be great for any team with a variety of scorers, he's a great poacher

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    [Comment from Rob Swanson ]
    Nolan = NO

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    [Comment from john ]
    Okay that was AWESOME, great job by both Torres and Mata

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    [Comment from Saul ]
    Wow. Torres makes a good play..... Well it is 2012

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    [Comment from Michael ]
    Great work from Torres

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    [Comment from Quinn Dwyer ]
    nasty from mata my prediction was right

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    Ravi Ubha: Moses to Torres, who gets behind Reid, he cuts back to Juan, and his left-footed sidefoot goes to the far post, giving Jaaskelainen no chance.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Rafa Benitez is too busy berating Gary Cahill to celebrate a well-worked goal. #Rafaball

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    Ravi Ubha: The first goal in the Rafa reign.

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    Ravi Ubha: Chelsea, Mata!

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    Ravi Ubha: GOAL!

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    Ravi Ubha: Here's one: Will Kevin Nolan ever be called up by Hodgson?

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    Ravi Ubha: Keep the questions coming, folks, for Macca and Ian at #FCBootroom.

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    Ravi Ubha: I do not disagree!

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron ]
    Ravi, I've learned through much experience that expecting Arsenal to win is dangerous territory to tread in.

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    Ravi Ubha: I see goals in that one. 2-2.

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    [Comment from Vipin city fan ]
    so who do you think'll win ful or spurs

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    Ravi Ubha: Torres with the ball. After a nifty little move to work space his touch is heavy and it's gobbled up by the Hammers.

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    Ravi Ubha: Spaniard.

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron ]
    Azpilicueta nationality?

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    Ravi Ubha: And make sure to join James for the MLS Cup final chat starting at 4 pm eastern. I'll give you guys the link a bit later.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    And join me, @rogbennett and @JeffreyCarlisle for #MLSCup #FCBootroom. Tweet Qs and @thesoccerdon will answer at HT: j.mp/RphIf1

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    Ravi Ubha: The numbers say yes.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    People! Join @r_ubha for #FCBootroom of #WHU vs. #CFC! j.mp/SBv84F

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    [Comment from Saul ]
    For a while Chicharito was linked with them as well. I used to think it would be a good move for him due to his lack of playing time but I think he has finally proven to be more effective than Welbeck. Agree?

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    Ravi Ubha: Can they? Well, they're favored.

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    [Comment from JR ]
    ESPN,please tell me do you think Arsenal can win the game today?

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    Ravi Ubha: Good defending by Azpilicueta. Jarvis has plenty of pace but he can't get past Az on the left. Goes out for a goal kick. All started with a poor Mikel pass.

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    Ravi Ubha: Look at his past...

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    [Comment from Rob Swanson ]
    Will Roman dish the money that Falcao is valued at?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    West Ham's tactics consist of getting it to Matt Jarvis and asking him to do something. Still seems to bear fruit, mind.

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    [Comment from S04th ]
    Nothing is more formal than a sash. NOTHING!

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    [Comment from john ]
    West Ham is clearly going to survive in the EPL this year, but it is about time they start falling down the table

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    Ravi Ubha: No.
    Sturridge has done little since early last season. I'd still take Torres over him.

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    [Comment from Vipin city fan ]
    should torres be replaced by sturridge

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    Ravi Ubha: Taken by Noble and a very interesting decision by Cech. Didn't catch it and didn't punch it convincingly, but it was cleared.

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    Ravi Ubha: WH corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: He and Mikel in deeper roles, though he's not purely defensive minded. He can make some great runs.

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    [Comment from Troy ]
    Will Ramires be playing in a more defensive role today?

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    Ravi Ubha: They keep getting linked with Falcao. That's who I think Roman wants.

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    [Comment from Saul ]
    Ravi- Which striker is coming to Chelsea in January? Surely there is no way they keep Torres up front. Biggest waste of money in a long time....

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    Ravi Ubha: The white tops look strange.

  •  

    [Comment from Guest ]
    what do u think of chelsea 3rd kit?

  •  

    [Comment from Rob Swanson ]
    Its really funny that every match Torres plays, viewers always hope for his form at liverpool to return. Then We Wait and Watch!

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    Ravi Ubha: Dembele, Dempsey, Berba...You're right.

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    is there a more interesting match-up today than Spurs/Fulham? Lots of side plots in that one.

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    Ravi Ubha: Two minutes in and Chelsea with the ball.

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    Ravi Ubha: A sunny, cold day for London standards.

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    [Comment from wilson ]
    this is Torres game he will get a goal.

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    Ravi Ubha: It will bring smiles to the opponents when they see the team sheet. In current form.

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    [Comment from Vipin ]
    so what effect does a player like torres have on the opposition?

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    Ravi Ubha: 2006 Internacional.

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron ]
    When was the last year a UEFA team didn't win the Club World Cup?

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    Ravi Ubha: Carroll one of a number of Hammers out injured.

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    Ravi Ubha: Chelsea have won three in a row vs. West Ham. The last Hammers win was in 2003.

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    Ravi Ubha: Chelsea third, seven points behind United. West Ham 10th.

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    [Comment from Quinn Dwyer ]
    Goal for Juan Mata no doubt

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    Ravi Ubha: Michael, let's see if Torres will bring some old magic.

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    [Comment from williams ]
    I think Chelsea will win this game

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    Ravi Ubha: Rafa on Oscar's omission: "We had too many players playing too many games. We'll try to manage the squad. We have a lot of games this month and have to go to Japan" (for the world club championships or whatever that silly event is called)

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    Ravi Ubha: Not just yet.
    But a loss and another no goals showing and it would start to get a little interesting.

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    [Comment from Gooner ]
    Rafa sacked in the morning if Chelsea lose today?

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    Ravi Ubha: I don't think he's going to Chelsea ...

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    Can United afford to bring in another ego as big as Sneijder's when his best is clearly behind him?

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    [Comment from john ]
    Have they matched up the Andy Carroll and Bigfoot DNA?

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    Ravi Ubha: East London.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Is the game at Stamford Bridge or Upton Park?

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    [Comment from fridz ]
    wooow the boot room is amazing from now i'll never miss it

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    Ravi Ubha: Interesting to leave him on the bench in favor of Moses.

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    [Comment from BLU4EVA ]
    what happened to Oscar?

  •  

    [Comment from dan ]
    Mikel is surely going to score...assisted by cech :)

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    Ravi Ubha: Jan, JT will be doing the MLS Cup final chat later today. You can tell him then!

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    Ravi Ubha: A tough run for West Ham, after playing Spurs and United. But I think they'll get a point. 1-1.

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    [Comment from BLU4EVA ]
    first question, what are ur predictions ?

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    Ravi Ubha: A reminder, folks, to get in your questions for Ian and Macca. Post them on Twitter at #FCBootroom. Hopefully yours will get answered during intervals.

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    Ravi Ubha: Big Sam on Carroll: "Pretty severe lateral ligament. Six to eight weeks."

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    Ravi Ubha: That's what we like to hear, Jan.

  •  

    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    I'm hung over and I'm supposed to be joining some friends to watch Wales-Australia rugby, but nothing can keep me from the Boot Room.

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    Ravi Ubha: I think it won't be a banker vs. Swansea. The Swans will be very confident after thumping West Brom in midweek.

  •  

    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    What pessimism can Arsenal inflict on me today?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: No Carroll vs. Torres, 35 million vs. 50 million. Carroll out with a knee injury.

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    Ravi Ubha: Here are the lineups:

    West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Tomkins, Noble, O'Neil, Nolan, Jarvis, Cole. Subs: Spiegel, Taylor, Diame, Maiga, Spence, Fanimo, Moncur.

    Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Moses, Hazard, Mata, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Bertrand, Romeu, Oscar, Marin, Piazon.

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    Ravi Ubha: Can someone finally score for Chelsea under Rafa? It's two straight 0-0 results.

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    Ravi Ubha: We'll be with you for the opener, West Ham vs. Chelsea, a nice, tame London derby.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Hi, all, and welcome to another action packed Saturday in the EPL.

 
COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • West Ham United

  • 16(9)

  • 23

  • 15

  • 42%

    58%

  • Chelsea

  • 15(7)

  • 15

  • 10

West Ham United

Line-up
POS No Name

G

22 Jussi Jaaskelainen

D

2 Winston Reid

D

17 Joey O'Brien

D

19 James Collins

D

20 Guy Demel

M

5 James Tomkins
M
14 Matthew Taylor

M

7 Matthew Jarvis

M

16 Mark Noble

M

32 Gary O'Neil
M
14 Matthew Taylor

F

4 Kevin Nolan

F

9 Carlton Cole
F
11 Modibo Maíga
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 30 Raphael Spiegel
D 27 Jordan Spence
D 40 Matthias Fanimo
M 14 Matthew Taylor
M 21 Mohamed Diame
M 42 George Moncur
F 11 Modibo Maíga

Chelsea

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Petr Cech

D

2 Branislav Ivanovic

D

3 Ashley Cole

D

24 Gary Cahill

D

28 César Azpilicueta

M

7 Ramires

M

12 John Mikel Obi

M

13 Victor Moses
M
21 Marko Marin

M

17 Eden Hazard
M
11 Oscar

F

9 Fernando Torres

F

10 Juan Mata
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 22 Ross Turnbull
D 19 Paulo Ferreira
D 34 Ryan Bertrand
M 6 Oriol Romeu
M 11 Oscar
M 21 Marko Marin
M 35 Lucas Piazon

Match Stats

  • West Ham United
  • Chelsea
16(9) Shots (on goal) 15(7)
15 Fouls 10
14 Corner kicks 5
3 Offsides 3
42% Time of Possession 58%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
6 Saves 6