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Florent Malouda fires in a goal from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Chelsea 3-0 West Ham.Fernando Torres provided the assist for the goal.
Frederic Piquionne produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save by Petr Cech.
Inswinging corner taken by Victor Obinna from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Frank Lampard.
Jonathan Spector concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicolas Anelka. Free kick taken by Yossi Benayoun.
Shot from outside the penalty box by Frederic Piquionne goes wide right of the goal.
Assist on the goal came from Nicolas Anelka.
A goal is scored by Fernando Torres from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 West Ham.
Shot from just outside the box by Demba Ba goes over the target.
A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Wayne Bridge.
The ball is swung over by Jonathan Spector, clearance by Mikel.
Freddie Sears leaves the field to be replaced by Victor Obinna.
Foul by Demba Ba on Marinho David Luiz, free kick awarded. Demba Ba is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Ashley Cole, clearance by Daniel Gabbidon.
Nicolas Anelka takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Clearance made by Daniel Gabbidon.
(West Ham) makes a substitution, with Frederic Piquionne coming on for Carlton Cole.
Unfair challenge on Carlton Cole by Branislav Ivanovic results in a free kick. Thomas Hitzlsperger crosses the ball, Manuel da Costa produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Wayne Bridge is caught offside. Fernando Torres is brought on as a substitute for Didier Drogba.
Corner taken by Frank Lampard, John Terry takes a shot. Clearance by Wayne Bridge.
Shot from deep inside the area by Robbie Keane goes over the bar.
Unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by Demba Ba results in a free kick. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
Mikel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Hitzlsperger. Free kick taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger.
The ball is sent over by Demba Ba.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlton Cole on Branislav Ivanovic. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Demba Ba fouled by Frank Lampard, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Gabbidon.
Nicolas Anelka is brought on as a substitute for Salomon Kalou.
Shot by Robbie Keane from 12 yards. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.
Shot by Demba Ba. Petr Cech makes a save.
Marinho David Luiz takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Florent Malouda, Robert Green makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Didier Drogba, clearance by Daniel Gabbidon.
Manuel da Costa challenges Didier Drogba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mikel.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Terry by Freddie Sears. Mikel takes the free kick.
Shot by Florent Malouda from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Effort on goal by Frank Lampard from 20 yards. Robert Green makes a brilliant save.
The ball is delivered by Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard has an effort at goal. Robert Green makes a fantastic save.
Robbie Keane produces a cross, save by Petr Cech.
Free kick crossed right-footed by Didier Drogba.
Robbie Keane on for Mark Noble.
Foul by Wayne Bridge on Branislav Ivanovic, free kick awarded.
Foul by Freddie Sears on Ashley Cole, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
Yossi Benayoun comes on in place of Michael Essien.
The referee blows for offside. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Mark Noble produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Salomon Kalou.
Salomon Kalou produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Didier Drogba crosses the ball.
The ball is crossed by Florent Malouda, Manuel da Costa manages to make a clearance.
Frank Lampard finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 West Ham.The assist for the goal came from Ashley Cole.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Terry on Carlton Cole. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Florent Malouda. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
Carlton Cole takes a shot. Marinho David Luiz gets a block in.
Mark Noble takes a short corner.
Freddie Sears sends in a cross, clearance made by Marinho David Luiz.
Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Freddie Sears. Ashley Cole takes the direct free kick.
Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Branislav Ivanovic. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.
Didier Drogba takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Daniel Gabbidon.
Didier Drogba produces a cross, Daniel Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.
Mark Noble takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Freddie Sears takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
Unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Branislav Ivanovic results in a free kick. Branislav Ivanovic is shown a yellow card. Mark Noble crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
Didier Drogba produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Inswinging corner taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Frank Lampard.
The ball is delivered by Freddie Sears, Jonathan Spector takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard, Carlton Cole manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Mark Noble from the left by-line, save by Petr Cech.
Demba Ba produces a drilled right-footed shot from 30 yards. Save made by Petr Cech.
A cross is delivered by Thomas Hitzlsperger.
Centre by Lars Jacobsen, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.
Effort from the edge of the box by Florent Malouda goes wide of the left-hand post.
Branislav Ivanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba. Free kick crossed by Mark Noble, save made by Petr Cech.
The ball is delivered by Salomon Kalou, Florent Malouda has an effort at goal. Blocked by Daniel Gabbidon.
Shot by Didier Drogba. Save by Robert Green.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou by Thomas Hitzlsperger. Booking for Thomas Hitzlsperger for unsporting behaviour. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Ashley Cole. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Mikel by Thomas Hitzlsperger results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
Didier Drogba produces a drilled right-footed shot from 35 yards. Save made by Robert Green.
John Terry fouled by Carlton Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marinho David Luiz.
The official flags Ashley Cole offside. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.
Florent Malouda takes a shot from 18 yards. Fantastic save by Robert Green.
Branislav Ivanovic challenges Thomas Hitzlsperger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
Ancelotti ponders playing Torres
Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he would consider gambling Chelsea's entire season - and possibly his own future - on Fernando Torres in the Barclays Premier League game against West Ham.
Blues manager Ancelotti refused to rule out resting the red-hot Didier Drogba and recalling #50million flop Torres for the must-win game at Stamford Bridge.
That is despite seeing the same decision backfire spectacularly in last week's Champions League defeat at Manchester United, a result which left Ancelotti all but resigned to losing his job.
Opting for Drogba over Torres in the two games since then has given Chelsea a glimmer of hope of completing the greatest comeback in Premier League title history - something that would surely make owner Roman Abramovich think twice about sacking his manager.
The Blues realistically need to win all five of their remaining games to stand any chance of overhauling Manchester United's six-point lead.
They also need to score enough times to ensure they have a superior goal difference to United should that come into play.
So ditching Drogba for a player who has now gone 893 minutes without finding the net would be an almighty gamble by Ancelotti, but it is one he would be willing to take.
"Maybe I can use some rotation to maintain the players' freshness," Ancelotti said.
"It wouldn't be easy to leave Drogba out, but there's a chance we could leave him out on Saturday.
"We started with Torres against (Manchester) City. We won the game when Didier came on.
"It might be a good solution to give him the last 30 minutes of the game because he's fresh and fit."
Alex and Ramires are again set to be absent. 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.
Meanwhile, manager Avram Grant insists West Ham deserve to stay in the Barclays Premier League and has challenged his side to take points off his former charges.
The Israeli came within a whisker of Champions League glory during his nine-month spell with the Blues, during which time they also finished as runners-up in the Premier League and Carling Cup.
Now Grant is having to deal with life at the other end of the table, with West Ham embroiled in a relegation scrap with just five games remaining.
After seemingly overcoming a turbulent start to the season, West Ham have dropped to 19th in the table and face a difficult set of fixtures as they look to secure their survival.
First up is a trip to Stamford Bridge and the Hammers boss believes his team have the potential to surprise.
"Chelsea are a good team," he said. "They know how to play football and even when they are not in top form they are a good team.
"And you don't just look at the players they play, their bench is also strong.
"They are a strong side but in football you need to believe all the time that you can do something and we believe that we can do it.
"The one thing that is important is that we need to give everything to stay in the league and I think we deserve to be here.
"Look over the season at the football we have played and the character we have shown in very, very difficult moments, and the decisions of the referees, including in the last game (a 2-1 home defeat by Aston Villa).
"We fought against everything so we deserve to stay up, but nobody will give this to us so we need to do it."
Grant will be missing several key players for the clash, with several notable absentees in midfield.
An Achilles complaint rules out newly-crowned Football Writers' Association Player of the Year Scott Parker, while Gary O'Neill faces an extended spell on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage.
Torres finally ends goal drought
Fernando Torres finally scored his first goal for Chelsea as he ended his 15-hour goal drought and helped keep his side's slim Barclays Premier League title hopes alive with a 3-0 defeat of West Ham.
The #50million man had not found the net for 901 minutes for club and country, 732 for the champions since joining them almost three months ago, but it took him just eight minutes to do so after coming off the bench .
The jubilant Spaniard was mobbed by his team-mates after scoring in a victory that moved Chelsea back to within six points of Manchester United, with Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda also among the goals.
The margin of defeat was harsh on West Ham, who wasted several chances of their own as they ended the day back on the bottom of the table, two points from safety.
Amid all the talk of Chelsea's resurgence and West Ham's survival battle, the latest reunion between John Terry and Wayne Bridge had slipped under the radar.
Relations between the pair had not thawed in the year after allegations emerged about their private lives and Bridge duly snubbed Terry during the pre-match handshake, as he did last season.
The non-pleasantries were accompanied by a huge drop in temperature as the heavens opened after one of the hottest days of the year.
In what were admittedly treacherous conditions, Chelsea flattered to deceive in the first half, dominating the opening 20 minutes without finding the net.
Malouda looked certain to do so inside three minutes - just as he had done against Birmingham on Wednesday - but he shot straight at the onrushing Robert Green.
Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole and Malouda all went close but West Ham's blanket defence stood firm.
Their attacking threat had been virtually nil but that changed in the 24th minute when Petr Cech was forced into fingertip saves twice in a minute from Demba Ba's 30-yarder and Jonathan Spector's close-range header.
Drogba blazed over as the rain relented, only to be replaced by the sound of thunder, before the lively Freddie Sears was desperately unlucky not to Put West Ham ahead on the half-hour, his outrageous volleyed backheel from a corner cleared off the line by Cole.
Chelsea were becoming increasingly sloppy, with a suicidal Salomon Kalou pass going unpunished and a lack of communication seeing Cech take out team-mate David Luiz.
But with just a minute of the half remaining, Chelsea produced their best move of the match to take the lead, Drogba threading in Cole, whose low cross was smashed home by Lampard.
The rain returned and there also appeared to be a floodlight failure before the interval.
That was rectified during half-time, after which Kalou fired wide from 12 yards before John Obi Mikel blocked Da Costa's header from a corner.
Both sides lost men to injury moments later, Michael Essien hobbling off and Mark Noble carried off on a stretcher in worryingly innocuous fashion.
Drogba's free-kick just evaded Terry but his cross moments later should have been converted by Lampard, who scuffed straight at Green.
The pitch was in danger of becoming unplayable but David Luiz smashed a long-ranger against the crossbar moments before Ba's blockbuster was fumbled by Cech and Hammers substitute Robbie Keane shot straight at the keeper.
With 20 minutes remaining, Kalou was withdrawn for Anelka, with Torres made to wait by Ancelotti.
Keane really should have levelled 16 minutes from time when Spector's through ball left him with just Cech to beat but he blazed wide.
Ba became the latest player to clear off his own line before Torres replaced Drogba for the final 14 minutes, squaring for Anelka to score what should have been the clincher, Danny Gabbidon heading off the line.
Then, the moment every Chelsea fan had been waiting for arrived.
Anelka's through ball played in Torres and the ball cruelly appeared to hold up in a puddle.
But that proved a blessing in disguise as the Spaniard swivelled and curled home left-footed.
Stamford Bridge erupted and every outfield Chelsea player piled on top of a jubilant Torres next to the corner flag.
The striker even played a part in Chelsea's stoppage-time third, which Malouda lashed into the roof of the net, a strike that could prove vital if goal difference comes into play in the title race.
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