x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Zola sets his targets on set-pieces

The West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola will order his side to target Chelsea's frailty at set-pieces as they look to kick-start their campaign.

The West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola will order his side to target Chelsea's frailty at set-pieces as they look to kick-start their campaign with a home win against the Premier League leaders today. Chelsea have won just one of their five matches in December and their defence has come under the spotlight after conceding 11 times this month. A number of those goals have come from set-pieces, with their goalkeeper Petr Cech coming in for criticism for failing to command his box. And it is an area the Hammers will seek to exploit when Chelsea visit Upton Park this afternoon. "We know that they have been conceding from set-pieces," said Zola, a former Chelsea player. "We have been very dangerous from set-pieces ourselves so that might be the key to the game. "Chelsea have lost a bit of confidence and I am not sure why, but I hope it continues. Chelsea are not the same Chelsea they were some time ago. "But they are still top of the league and a fantastic performance is required from us." Chelsea welcome back Didier Drogba, who missed the win against Portsmouth with a back injury, and defender Ricardo Carvalho, who was rested for the game. West Ham v Chelsea, KO 8pm, Showsports 1 & 2

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