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Chelsea vs. West Ham United, Premier League: Half-time report

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A bit of a nervy start from Chelsea had West Ham in the ascendancy, but after those first few minutes, Chelsea have had the better of the play.

Unfortunately, we've yet to find the breakthrough, with Hazard coming the closest after a rare burst through the defense.  Chelsea's most important player has cut a bit of an isolated figure however, perhaps in part due to not being as ably supported by his full-back and midfielder as Ivanovic and Oscar have supported Willian on the right flank.  Oscar's probably been the most impressive Chelsea player of the first half, and probably should've won a penalty, too.

Plenty of effort then from those three, as well as Diego Costa marauding by himself up front.  Maybe even a bit too enthusiastic at times from Dee-ayy-go, hanging on to the ball too long, trying to do too much by himself.  New boy N'Golo Kante has done well, though that slightly harsh early yellow card could be problem later on.  Costa also got himself booked as referees try to make examples of the new "no dissent" rule that probably won't be so closely enforced later on in the season.

On the defensive end, Chelsea looked shaky early on, but since have marshaled Carroll well enough and the two wide men have not yet caused much trouble (mostly because they've been playing in their own half, trying to contain Chelsea's direct impetus).

So, pretty good from the boys in Blue, but no breakthrough just yet.  Chelsea lead in possession, shots, and the run of play.  But it's all even on the scoresheet.

Time for a second half breakthrough!  COME ON, CHELSEA!