Limping Chelsea face Hammers


LONDON. — It is a measure of how unsuccessful Chelsea’s season has been that Guus Hiddink’s side will be cast in the supporting role when West Ham visit Stamford Bridge today.

Slaven Bilic’s Hammers have emerged as one of the surprise successes of an unpredictable campaign and are currently lying fifth in the English Premier League, just two points adrift of Manchester City in fourth place in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

Yet while West Ham are hoping to mark their move to the Olympic Stadium next season with a place in Europe’s elite club competition, Chelsea’s sole ambition is to improve on their current standing in 10th and challenge for a berth in next season’s Europa League. — AFP.


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