Finally its Anelka and Drogba upfront, but its more of a 4-3-3 with Joe Cole given a broadly free reign in front of Jedi, Lamps and Ballack than the straight up 4-4-2 we'd been hoping for. No JT so Ivanovich plays alongside Alex. No Rickey on the bench either but there's a return for Malouda and a pretty packed Stamford Bridge is looking for a little Boxing Day cheer.
wasts a glorious move by blasting over and then Ash forces a double save from Carson (he should have netted at the second attempt but was wheeling away thinking the first one had gone in). Finally the lead is doubled as We get it within 3 mins as an opening onslaught results in a far post cross that is met sweetly by the Drog and loops into the back of the net. Thats 1-0 and within 10mins it could have been 2-0 as a Lamps free kick is sweetly struck but Carsoin gets his body behind it. Its all Chelsea as first Ballack the Coles combine - Joe plays in Ash for a mazey run - but the ball breaks free to Lamps who lifts the ball over Scott Carson. 2-0 and the half time whistle save WBA further punishment.
Second half sees Belletti on for the injured Bosingwa. The the pattern remains the same but the cutting edge seems to have gone. It dies even more as, after drawing a good save from Carson, the Drog is replaced by Malouda with 20mins to go. It all peters out from there to the sounds of the Shed end having a good old sing song. There should have been more goals but its a home win to break the awful sequence of unnecessary draws. Now on to Fulham for, hopefully, a return to winning away form in the West London derby
Come on you Blues