Oscar tipped for Chelsea recall on Boxing Day

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to recall Brazilian midfielder Oscar for the visit of West Ham United on Boxing Day.

The creative 23-year-old was left on the bench for the trip to Stoke City on Monday night, but The Times reports he is fully fit and expected to be back in the side for the early kick-off on Friday.

Mourinho appeared to get it right at the Britannia Stadium, with the Blues running out convincing 2-0 winners on the night thanks to goals from John Terry and Cesc Fabregas either side of the half-time interval.

The Potters rarely threatened Chelsea on the night, but the Hammers might pose a different challenge tomorrow after making an impressive start to the season under Sam Allardyce.

West Ham currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, and are showing themselves to be legitimate contenders for a finish in the European places this season - possibly even the Champions League.

Mourinho will certainly be taking that into account at Stamford Bridge, and the return of Oscar would suggest he's looking to go on the offensive in pursuit of another home victory.

The Blues are three points clear at the top of the table, an are currently undefeated at home in all competitions.

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