West Ham have beaten Chelsea eight times at home in the Premier League era and go in pursuit of making that tally nine on Sunday.
As Manuel Pellegrini’s men prepare to take on Maurizio Sarri’s table-topping side, who are yet to drop a point so far, we bring you a flashback to one of those victories.
One of the most memorable afternoons West Ham have enjoyed against Chelsea in recent memory came on 1 December 2012. Here, we relive that game for your enjoyment.
The Blues won the Champions League the previous May; the unlikeliest of triumphs engineered by rookie manager Roberto di Matteo.
Roman Abramovich’s decision to hand the Italian the job on a full-time basis backfired and he was sacked and replaced with Rafa Benitez just ten days before this match.
Then-Hammers manager Sam Allardyce’s rivalry with Benitez, dating back to their respective spells at Bolton and Liverpool, gave this one extra spice.
In the opening period, the Blues managed to put the off-field unrest behind them and take the lead.
Fernando Torres run without a league goal ticked over 12 hours during this game. But after 13 minutes, he escaped Winston Reid to get to the by-line and cut the ball back; Juan Mata slotted home with a typically cool finish.
It was Benitez’s third game in charge and he was still searching for his first win. Had the Blues made the most of their first-half dominance and taken the chances they created, he may have got it.
The wheels began to come off for Chelsea just after the hour mark. Kevin Nolan and Matt Jarvis combined down the left and the winger’s cross was deflected high into the air.
Carlton Cole outjumped Branislav Ivanovic to nod past Petr Cech and the Hammers were level. Alladryce’s men were in the ascendency now, and four minutes from time, their pressure deservedly told.
Cole turned provider, collecting Joey O’Brien’s clip forward, holding off Jon Obi Mikel before laying the ball off to Mo Diame. The midfielder didn’t need to take a touch before firing home and sparking wild celebrations.
Modibo Maiga then replaced Cole, presumably brought on to waste time and run the channels. In stoppage time, he collected Ashley Cole’s wayward pass, slotted in Matt Taylor.
When the midfielder’s shot was saved, Maiga smashed it into an empty net to seal all three points and cap a delightful comeback. Does more of the same await on Sunday?