Four classic West Ham vs Chelsea encounters

Chelsea and West Ham are clubs steeped in history.

As they’ve both been in the same division for the majority of their existence, they have had some memorable matches.

And as they prepare to face off once again on Sunday, lets take a look back at some of the classic meetings between the two London sides:

Chelsea 4 – 2 West Ham, 19th August 2000

Known now as ‘that game Mario Stanic scored that goal’, Chelsea and West Ham played out a thriller of a Premiership opener.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink opened the scoring from the spot, but Paolo Di Canio swiftly equalised.

But a gorgeous free-kick from Gianfranco Zola put the Blues ahead before Stanic stepped forward.

He scored a sublime volley on his debut (see below) and scored a second to wrap up the win.

Freddie Kanoute scored the second for the Hammers but it was too little too late.

Chelsea 4-1 West Ham, 9th April 2006

This is the game that effectively sealed the second Premiership title for Jose Mourinho.

Having had a slight wobble in form, Chelsea were looking to bounce back.

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But they made the worst possible start, going a goal down to a James Collins header and down to ten men after Maniche was sent off.

But goals from Didier Drogba, Hernan Crespo, John Terry and William Gallas helped the Blues recover.

Following the game, Chelsea won their next three games as they cantered to the title.

Chelsea 2-3 West Ham, 28th September 2002

West Ham came into this game without a win in the league so far.

And it took a sublime finish from Paolo Di Canio to help the Hammers to their first win of the season.

Chelsea went ahead through a Hasselbaink penalty before Jermaine Defoe equalised for the Hammers.

Di Canio’s stunning volley put them ahead only for a lovely free-kick from Zola to peg them back.

But West Ham’s mercurial Italian scored his second of the game and ensured that West Ham fans went home happy.

West Ham 2-3 Chelsea, 6th February 2002

John Terry’s 93rd minute header broke West Ham’s hearts to knock them out of the FA Cup and ensure Chelsea progressed to the Fifth Round.

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Having gone behind to a Defoe deflected strike, Chelsea equalised through Hasselbaink only to go behing again to another Defoe goal.

Mikael Forssell scored from close range to equalise and Terry’s stoppage time header saw Chelsea progress.