By Dominic Toner
West Ham captain Mark Noble has confessed that he enjoys watches London rivals Chelsea play football.
The two clubs are set to meet on Monday night at the London Stadium in the Premier League.
The Hammers are unbeaten in their last three league games and are hoping to maintain their position in the top half of the table.
Meanwhile, Antonio Conte’s side are the runaway leaders at the top of the table and have a 10-point gap over their nearest challengers.
Noble has admitted that he has a lot of respect for Chelsea due to the way they play and feels they are a very versatile side.
“I must admit I enjoy watching Chelsea play because they go to places which are really hard and get a result,” Noble said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “They play fantastic football, but they can also mix it up and grind it out when they need to with a ball over the top to Diego Costa.”
West Ham will be hoping to make home advantage count against the league leaders as the two teams renew their bitter rivalry.
Chelsea recorded a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge earlier this season and have been in formidable form this season, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante all starring for the Blues.
However, the Hammers did beat their rivals once this season in the EFL Cup fourth-round as they won 2-1 at the London Stadium.
That game was marred by serious crowd troubles between both sets and fans, but the clubs will be hopeful of avoiding similar scenes.
Noble will be hoping to halt Chelsea’s march towards the title, despite being impressed with their style this season.
In other West Ham news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted the clash against Chelsea.