Frank Lampard will ignite his longstanding feud with the vocal minority of West Ham’s fan base on Saturday as his Chelsea team look to inflict more pain upon their stuttering London rivals.

Harassed and hounded out of his boyhood club by unfounded claims of nepotism at the turn of the Millenium, Lampard’s longstanding war of words with West Ham is well documented. Spitefulness is not a trait commonly associated with Lampard but in the case of his treatment by the club’s fans it is both apparent and understandable. Whilst his position as manager will likely prevent him from reopening old wounds publically there is certainly a vengeful motivation, that procedes longstanding tribal rivalry, behind Lampard’s desire to win on Saturday.

In terms of matters away from the triviality of Lampard’s personal relations with West Ham, both sides are looking for a win to kickstart a run of form to sustain them through a hectic winter period. It must be said that Chelsea are in a far more envious position coming into the game, and whilst their winless run only stretches to two closely fought matches against Manchester City and Valencia West Ham, on the other hand, can be found labouring in the bottom half of the table after an eight-game winless run.

Much of West Ham’s poor form can be attributed to the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and the dismal performances of his understudy Roberto. But of course, not all of the Hammers’ shortcomings can be squared solely at their goalkeeping situation. West Ham are currently a top-heavy side who possess an abundance of flair players incapable of contributing to the defensive phases of the game. This has inevitably caused the ageing legs of Mark Noble to be overrun in the midfield, whilst former Chelsea youth prospect Declan Rice lacks the mobility to counter-press and produce high-quality turnovers.

Fabianski is still absent whilst Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid all remain sidelined. Chelsea are sweating over the fitness of centre-forward Tammy Abraham and with neither Olivier Giroud nor Michy Batshuayi impressing in large portions Lampard faces a very inconvenient selection dilemma.