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Mar 22

Football transfer rumours: Jermain Defoe back to West Ham?

Today’s fluff is scrounging a lift

Home, says the Mill from beneath a pile of crisp packets, nail clippings and loose change in its hovel, is definitely where the heart is. Therefore no one should be remotely surprised that Wayne Rooney has decided 13 years at Manchester United was basically an extended gap year and, before he morphs into the character Tim Key plays in the sort-of funny E4 comedy of that name, he’s shedding the henna tattoos and coming back to Everton for home cooking and lifts everywhere. Apparently there is a will on all sides to make it happen, and United might even waive a transfer fee; someone should probably check that Ronald Koeman realises Rooney isn’t 18 anymore.

But perhaps Rooney is simply part of a trend towards a simpler life, a rejection of the jobbing footballer’s fernweh. Jermain Defoe returning to West Ham is not a rumour for the creatively-minded but would be on the cards if Sunderland went down and, like Rooney, he might be allowed to head back where it all started without so much as a penny switching between the clubs’ bank accounts.

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Mar 18

Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel plays heroic role in West Ham defeat

Not for the first time this week, Kasper Schmeichel was the Leicester City hero. Robert Snodgrass’s free-kick had squirmed through the Leicester wall and fallen to Andy Carroll and a dramatic West Ham United equaliser looked inevitable. Carroll drew back his left foot and prepared to land the decisive blow. He made solid contact with the ball. The crowd was poised, ready to lift the roof off the London Stadium.

But there he was. Schmeichel. Time stood still. Spreading himself so wide that he looked as though he was about to smother Carroll with a massive bear hug, the man whose penalty save against Sevilla ensured that Leicester are the last English team left in the Champions League came to their rescue again.

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Mar 17

West Ham United v Leicester City: match preview

Atlético Madrid can wait. Leicester City cannot afford to take their eye off the ball in the Premier League. Three points above the bottom three, they remain in a relegation fight despite reaching the Champions League quarter-finals thanks to Tuesday’s win over Sevilla. Craig Shakespeare will be confident of extending his winning start and West Ham United’s indifferent recent form means a fourth straight win for Leicester could be on the cards. Jacob Steinberg

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Mar 11

Joshua King hits hat-trick as Bournemouth see off West Ham in thriller

The jubilation on the touchline said it all, as Eddie Howe was mobbed by Joshua King, who wheeled away after scoring a hat-trick to earn Bournemouth a much-needed first win this year.King and Benik Afobe both missed first-half penalties before the Norw…

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Mar 10

Bournemouth v West Ham United: match preview

Form-wise Bournemouth are in trouble. Winless in their past nine matches and conceding goals at a worrying rate. However, Eddie Howe’s side will be feeling good after working tirelessly to draw 1-1 at Old Trafford last time out. Equally, West Ham will be buoyed by Michail Antonio’s return. Slaven Bilic can count on Antonio and Andy Carroll terrorising Bournemouth’s shaky defence. Graham Searles

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Mar 10

Dimitri Payet: I left West Ham because I was bored with defensive approach

• France international says he was ‘regressing’ in Premier League
• ‘I could have gone to war last summer. August was badly managed’

Dimitri Payet has admitted he left West Ham in January because he was “bored” with playing for a team in the lower half of the Premier League table.

The France international joined Marseille for £25m after citing family problems as the reason he wanted to return to his former club and refusing to play for West Ham. Payet, who has since scored two goals for Marseille in six appearances in Ligue 1, was heavily criticised by co-chairman David Sullivan at the time for betraying the club but the 29-year-old has now hit back, telling French newspaper L’Equipe that he had become frustrated with life in London.

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Mar 10

FA Cup, Premier League and more: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Millwall and Lincoln are in the mood for further upsets, José Mourinho has a tactical teaser at Chelsea and Rangers at risk of Old Firm derby embarrassment

The FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday is a fitting way for Neil Harris to celebrate two years in charge of the club he loves. Regardless of the result, the club have been upwardly mobile under Harris, the club’s all-time record goalscorer. Harris initially took caretaker charge on 10 March 2015 before assuming the full-time position a month later. Their start to this season was tricky – at the end of September they had 12 points from 10 games – but now Harris’s side are only six points off the automatic promotion places and travel to White Hart Lane on a 17-match unbeaten run. “It was about having a Millwall team,” the 39-year-old said this week of a club he felt had lost their identity. “That is not necessarily the best players – but ones who the fans could identify with. That is not football – it is effort, desire, running.” While the priority for the Lions is to find a passage back to the Championship, there is no reason Harris’s modern-day Millwall – who have already gobbled up and spat out Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester City in this competition – cannot upset another top-flight side. BF

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Mar 07

Chelsea have the look of an unstoppable force thanks to N’Golo Kanté | Dominic Fifield

West Ham were outnumbered, ground down and eclipsed by a dynamic team that is leaving the rest of the Premier League far behind

This was the kind of result to drain any lingering optimism from the chasing pack. A victory to drum in the reality that, for all Antonio Conte’s protestations to the contrary, Chelsea’s pursuit of the title has taken on the feel of a procession. They weathered some turbulence at times here, their backline heaving to stay intact, but were pierced so deep into stoppage time that the concession hardly even registered with a dwindling home support. The lead over second place gapes at 10 points again. There is no stopping this side and no hope at all for those who still dare to count themselves contenders.

Everything about them is relentless at present and that alone is enough to deflate most opponents. Chelsea have dropped 15 points all season and, such is their dominance, it would take a cataclysmic collapse, probably combined with the untimely loss of a number of key players to injury, to hand either Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur even a scent in the chase.

Related: Chelsea restore 10-point lead at top of Premier League after win at West Ham

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Mar 07

Antonio Conte says his Chelsea players will not slip up in title race

• ‘We will fight to stay on top of the league. I trust my players to do this’
• Chelsea beat West Ham 2-1 to restore 10-top lead at top of the table

Antonio Conte has insisted he has complete trust in his players not to squander their lead at the top of the Premier League after Chelsea re-established their 10-point advantage at the top with an impressive win at West Ham United.

The visitors had to be resilient to repel the home side’s frantic early pressure, with a barrage of crosses aimed at Andy Carroll, before striking on the counterattack to take control of the contest. Manchester City can trim Chelsea’s lead to eight points by beating Stoke City on Wednesday, but Conte’s side have shed only 15 points all season and they maintained their relentless progress towards a second title in three seasons.

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Mar 06

West Ham United 1-2 Chelsea: Premier League – as it happened

Chelsea moved 10 points clear at the top of the table thanks to goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa

9.56pm GMT

The scoreline is slightly deceptive. It makes the game look closer than it was. Chelsea were always comfortable and declared after going 2-0 up early in the second half. Eden Hazard and Diego Costa got the goals and next for the leaders is the visit of Manchester United in the FA Cup next Monday. West Ham were poor despite Manuel Lanzini’s late consolation. They stay 11th, behind Southampton on goal difference. Thanks for reading and emailing. Bye.

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9.54pm GMT

That’s it. Chelsea move 10 points clear at the top of the table.

9.53pm GMT

90 min+3: There’s surely not enough time left for West Ham to find an equaliser.

9.52pm GMT

The comeback’s on! Andre Ayew dribbles through the middle and manages to work it to Lanzini in space on the right of the area. He hammers it low past Courtois.

9.51pm GMT

90 min: There will be three minutes of added time, meaning there’s enough time for me to calmly note that the London Stadium is a sick joke.

9.49pm GMT

89 min: Carroll almost makes contact with a cross for the first time, but doesn’t.

9.45pm GMT

86 min: Costa is down and he’s angry. He soon gets to his feet. Obviously he’s still angry.

9.43pm GMT

83 min: “Andy Carroll can’t jump?” says Peter Oh. “That can’t be good for his valuation in the Chinese Super League. However, his apparent ability to perform stepovers should ensure that his price tag stays above the 30 million quid mark.”

9.41pm GMT

82 min: Willian gives Fabregas a sight of goal. He can’t believe he sidefoots over.

9.40pm GMT

80 min: The ground is emptying.

9.36pm GMT

77 min: Edimilson Fernandes replaces Mark Noble. West Ham have used their three subs now.

9.36pm GMT

76 min: Chelsea make their final change, Kurt Zouma on for Victor Moses.

9.34pm GMT

75 min: Chelsea bring on Willian for Eden Hazard.

9.34pm GMT

74 min: Carroll has barely been able to jump tonight. Is he even fit? Anyway, Noble gets through some nice work on the left, but sees his low ball blocked behind for a corner.

9.32pm GMT

72 min: Very little of any note is taking place.

9.30pm GMT

71 min: Obiang skews a shot well wide from 25 yards.

9.27pm GMT

67 min: Hazard superbly flicks a pass in between two West Ham defenders and finds Costa, who spins and lets fly with a vicious shot, all in one movement. The Chelsea fans are already celebrating, but Randolph somehow tips wide for a corner.

9.26pm GMT

66 min: Huff. Puff.

9.24pm GMT

65 min: Nemanja Matic replaces Pedro.

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64 min: West Ham bring on Andre Ayew and Sam Byram for Sofiane Feghouli and the limping Winston Reid.

9.23pm GMT

63 min: Both teams are preparing substitutions.

9.22pm GMT

61 min: From Snodgrass’s corner, Courtois flaps and Chelsea lose their composure a little. West Ham keep it alive in the area, Snodgrass chipping to the far post again, and after an air shot from Fonte, Feghouli controls and lashes it goalwards. His shot beats Courtois, but there’s Moses on the ball to clear. West Ham continue to hammer on the door, though, and when Reid lobs the ball into the middle from the left, Fonte heads just over. That’s the closest West Ham have come.

9.19pm GMT

60 min: Snodgrass races on to Lanzini’s cute pass and wins a corner off Azpilicueta.

9.17pm GMT

57 min: Chelsea have killed this off so crushingly. They let West Ham have their fun, but on their terms. Then they pounced.

9.15pm GMT

56 min: West Ham have lost all conviction.

9.13pm GMT

54 min: Carroll does a stepover, just because, and shoots from 25 yards. His effort lands on the top of the net.

9.12pm GMT

53 min: Alonso tricks his way past Fonte brilliantly but he’s stretching as he shoots and prods a few yards wide of the far post.

9.11pm GMT

52 min: Lanzini hopefully shoots from 25 yards. But no.

9.10pm GMT

Game over. Fabregas’s corner is headed on by Obiang at the near post and Diego Costa nudges it over the line from close range. Awful defending. Everyone can go home.

9.09pm GMT

50 min: A West Ham attack breaks down and Chelsea break, Hazard outrageously back-flicking the ball to a team-mate. They surge up field and Alonso wins a corner on the left. And…

9.08pm GMT

49 min: Kante gives the ball away – we are contractually obliged to call this an “uncharacteristic error” – and Snodrgass wins a corner on the left. He takes it. But he mishits it.

9.07pm GMT

47 min: There are lot of empty seats inside the London Stadium.

9.05pm GMT

46 min: West Ham get the second half underway.

8.56pm GMT

On Sky, Jamie Carragher cannot fathom why West Ham’s defenders went up for the free-kick before Chelsea’s goal when Manuel Lanzini was lining up a shot. It’s a fair question.

8.49pm GMT

This is what inevitability feels like.

8.49pm GMT

45 min+4: “I think that Chelsea kit is ‘light black’ rather than ‘dark blue’, unless you’re a tetrachromat or something like that..?” says JJ.

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45 min+3: Snodgrass’s free-kick is cleared and Chelsea are off again. Hazard leads the lightning charge, finding Costa, who shuffles it on to Alonso. But the Spaniard’s crowded out. West Ham get away with it.

8.47pm GMT

45 min+2: Cesc Fabregas picks up the first booking for barging Cresswell over. Snodgrass will swing this in.

8.46pm GMT

45 min+1: There will be four minutes of stoppage time.

8.45pm GMT

45 min: Cresswell hobbles back on. He’s quickly back into the swing of things, deflecting a Moses cross behind for a corner.

8.44pm GMT

44 min: Cresswell seemed to jar his knee while blocking Moses’s shot. West Ham are down to 10 men for the time being. They’ll do everything they can not to get Arthur Masuaku on.

8.43pm GMT

41 min: Hazard scampers clear down the left, Jose Fonte wandering off for a walk to grab a cup of tea and letting the Belgian skedaddle away, but he can’t find Costa in the middle. A scramble still ensues, though. Moses looks certain to score. But no! Cresswell heroically blocks his effort! Pedro has a go. Randolph beats it away and West Ham survive. But Cresswell is down in the middle. He’s hurt himself.

8.41pm GMT

40 min: Lanzini, quiet so far, suddenly shows a change of pace and combines with Noble, who cleverly tees him up for a drive from 18 yards. Lanzini should do better, but he blazes it miles over. He hit it so far over it might just have reached the second or third row behind the goal!

8.39pm GMT

39 min: Obiang loses possession to Kante in a danger area and the brilliant Chelsea midfielder threads a pass to Pedro on the right. But Obiang redeems himself with a fine challenge, just when Pedro seemed to have earned space for a shot.

8.38pm GMT

38 min: West Ham badly miss Michail Antonio’s pace and energy. He makes things happen.

8.36pm GMT

36 min: Pedro tries to find Hazard with a pass from right to left, but it’s too close to Randolph.

8.34pm GMT

34 min: For all that West Ham pressure before the goal, Chelsea didn’t once come close to conceding the opener. They are so solid.

8.32pm GMT

32 min: Feghouli does a kick straight to Hazard. Kouyate flies through the back of Hazard. An inauspicious little spell for West Ham.

8.29pm GMT

29 min: Cresswell crosses. Carroll is not in the middle.

8.28pm GMT

27 min: This is what champions do.

8.27pm GMT

For once, West Ham don’t chuck the ball into the Chelsea area and this is what happens. Mark Noble cheaply concedes possession with a poor pass, Kante inevitably stepping in, and Chelsea are finally off. For the first time, they’ve got pace and for the first time, they’ve got their flow. Eden Hazard scoots off with menace high on his agenda, swaps passes with Pedro, rounds Darren Randolph and slides it into the empty net. This is utterly ruthless. Chelsea have done very little in attack and now look!

8.25pm GMT

25 min: Lanzini kerblammos his effort straight into the wall. And…

8.24pm GMT

24 min: Obiang pings a fine pass out to Cresswell on the left. One touch, cross. Cahill heads away from Carroll. Chelsea can’t properly clear their lines, though, and West Ham win a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Send for Payet!

8.22pm GMT

22 min: Snodgrass’s free-kick is a waste, easily claimed by Courtois.

8.21pm GMT

21 min: Carroll dribbles through the middle, like a dancing horse, but Kante brings him down around 40 yards from goal. Just as well, there were only three Chelsea defenders back to deal with him.

8.21pm GMT

20 min: Costa momentarily finds space on the edge of the area, but Fonte is firm with him. West Ham’s intensity has been so impressive. Whether they can maintain it remains to be seen. And Chelsea have dealt with this kind of thing before.

8.19pm GMT

18 min: Snodgrass hoists it high to the far post. Cahill and Carroll challenge for it. The Chelsea man heads it behind. Snodgrass sends in a curling inswinger this time. Kouyate attacks it and Courtois looks uncertain, but Moses heads it away. Moments later, Kouyate gets a bit too excited and fouls David Luiz.

8.17pm GMT

17 min: Snodgrass finds space on the left again, Lanzini picking him out. His cross is poor, though. West Ham win back possession. Snodgrass schemes on the left again. This time he wins a corner.

8.16pm GMT

16 min: Carroll hares off after a Randolph punt and throws himself into an aerial challenge, beating Azpilicueta to the ball and nodding it to Snodgrass. The winger knows his job. He doesn’t take long to lob a cross into the area. But it’s not in Carroll’s vicinity. Feghouli picks up possession on the right. Back to Noble. Another cross. David Luiz heads clear.

8.14pm GMT

14 min: Chelsea probe for a while. West Ham deal with a couple of hopeful high balls into their area.

8.12pm GMT

12 min: Snodgrass burrows down the left wing, in the style a man named Snodgrass does, and somehow manages to force his way past a couple of Chelsea challenges. David Luiz squeezes him out, though.

8.10pm GMT

10 min: Gary Cahill’s torn his shirt. He’ll need a new one. It’s all happening.

8.09pm GMT

9 min: West Ham have started brightly here and Chelsea look content to sit back and absorb the pressure for the time being.

8.08pm GMT

8 min: Snodgrass finally whips the corner in from the right, but Courtois acrobatically pushes it away and Chelsea look to counter. A loose pass lets West Ham off the hook, though. With the ball out of play, Carroll’s allowed back on.

8.07pm GMT

7 min: Carroll is still receiving treatment. I doubt he’ll be allowed to stay on for the corner, which is precisely what West Ham don’t need.

8.06pm GMT

6 min: West Ham enjoy a decent spell of possession and Kouyate slips a pass down the right to Feghouli, who lifts a cross towards Carroll. This is the kind of delivery the big man needs. But, er, Victor Moses beats him to it and clobbers Carroll on the nose for good measure. The loose ball comes to Cresswell, who sees his shot deflected wide for a corner. Before it can be taken, though, Carroll will need some treatment. He’s got a bloody nose.

8.03pm GMT

4 min: Fabregas tosses the free-kick into the West Ham area, but it’s too high and Randolph claims the cross.

8.03pm GMT

3 min: Chelsea attack down the left, Hazard sneaking forward. Kouyate brings him down.

8.02pm GMT

2 min: There’s a fine old atmosphere out there. The West Ham fans are advising their Chelsea counterparts about places to put blue flags, but this is a family website, so we’ll leave it there.

8.01pm GMT

And we’re off! Chelsea, in their dark blue away strip, get the game underway. They’re kicking from right to left in the first half and instantly look to catch West Ham by surprise, David Luiz launching a huge raking pass forward for Pedro. Winston Reid’s out of position, but Pedro can’t bring it down.

7.56pm GMT

Here they come! The players are out at the London Stadium, the bubbles are floating around the place and the match is about to begin!

7.54pm GMT

“Disturbingly, located between the team badges at the London Stadium in your photo are the eyes of Darth Maul,” says Ian Copestake. “Given the nature of his demise I hope we do not get a game of two halves.”

I thought it was Deadpool.

7.44pm GMT

It’s a question we’ve asked a lot this season…

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7.40pm GMT

“This league is very tough,” Antonio Conte says. “To be in this position, we must be very proud.” That’s the pre-match interviews done. Not long until kick-off now.

7.39pm GMT

Slaven Bilic is running through Chelsea’s various threats. He says he’ll be starting with four at the back. “Or maybe six,” he adds with a chuckle.

7.39pm GMT

Both managers are asked about the returning Andy Carroll.

“We know what he is capable of,” Slaven Bilic says. “We are expecting a lot.”

7.29pm GMT

“You may be able to name Chelsea’s best 11 off by heart but surely they have not achieved the ultimate title contender status of being easily imagined as cartoon characters,” says Ian Copestake. “After all they’ve only got one comedy villain.”

There is a lack of comedy villains in this league. Perhaps Chelsea should sign Pepe.

7.11pm GMT

West Ham make one enforced change. They don’t have Michail Antonio’s energy in attack because of his red card against Watford, but Andy Carroll returns from a groin injury to lead the attack. He scored twice against Chelsea last season.

One area Chelsea will look to exploit will be West Ham’s weakness at right-back. Cheikhou Kouyate, who gave a penalty away against Watford, fills in at right-back. Tonight he’s up against Eden Hazard, who’s shaken off an injury concern. Chelsea are as expected. It’s always a good sign when you can name a title contender’s best 11 off by heart.

7.05pm GMT

West Ham: Randolph; Kouyate, Fonte, Reid, Cresswell; Obiang, Noble; Feghouli, Lanzini, Snodgrass; Carroll. Subs: Adrian, Collins, Masuaku, Byram, Fernandes, Ayew, Calleri.

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard. Subs: Begovic, Terry, Zouma, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi.

8.21pm GMT

Hello. Let’s see how far we can get before saying pwopa nawtee. Not that far! But hopefully that’s the last time we’ll have to pretend to be Danny Dyer. Things got a bit heated in the stands the last time Chelsea visited everyone’s favourite athletics arena, but everyone’s promised to be on their best behaviour and security has been ratcheted up to Bond Villain’s Lair Levels, so hopefully there won’t be a repeat of the disgraceful scenes that marred October’s League Cup tie.

West Ham won that match, of course, on a rare enjoyable outing for them in their weird new home. But that was against a slightly weakened Chelsea – Michy Batshuayi started – and Antonio Conte haven’t really been in the business of losing league matches against teams of West Ham’s calibre. Chelsea won’t just be out for revenge here, they’ll be desperate to respond after wins for Manchester City and Tottenham yesterday and move 10 points clear at the top with 10 games to go. It probably won’t have escaped their attention that Arsenal and Manchester City have both won heavily in Stratford this season.

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