Chelsea vs West Ham United is always a tasty London derby with sparks flying on the pitch. This season will be no different even if their respective fortunes are totally different.
The two teams come into this game off the back of Premier League defeats but those matches will have little bearing on this clash.
Chelsea started brightly but succumbed to Manchester City while West Ham scored twice late on to give their defeat to Tottenham an air of respectability.
But the Hammers are seven without a win while the Blues suffered their first defeat in seven at The Etihad. Polar opposites with no sign of anything giving to the contrary.
Dark clouds are gathering over the London Stadium but as they travel to the west of the capital, there’s little hope any sunshine breaking through this weekend.
Chelsea vs West Ham United Predictions
It took Harry Kane around a minute to puncture the West Ham United defence last weekend and even though it was disallowed for offside, the Hammers faithful knew they were in for a long 90 minutes.
They were, after all, sacrificial lambs at the altar of Jose Mourinho’s habitual winning first game in charge of a new club. And West Ham didn’t disappoint the rest of the Premier League.
Even though two late goals gave the scoreline an air of respectability, Manuel Pellegrini shows no sign of being able to plug the holes in his porous defence.
It was the Hammers third consecutive game where they conceded three times – all lost – and that run shows no sign of ending any time soon with the news Lukasz Fabianski is out until the New Year.
West Ham come into this game without a win in four away games (D2, L2) and without a goal in three of their last four on the road. Disturbingly, they conceded seven in the last three of those. It’s an overall picture which isn’t pretty for Pellegrini.
The return last weekend of Michail Antonio did at least bring some vim and vigour to the second-half performance against Tottenham, as well as his first goal of the season.
Pressure is mounting on German signing Sebastian Haller. After quickfire goals against Norwich City and Watford, the striker hasn’t found the net since a solitary goal against Crystal Palace. Four goals in 12 appearances underline the Hammers struggles.
Chelsea are the team to exploit West Ham’s defensive problems. The Blues have scored in their last thirteen, as well as keeping clean sheets in each of their last three Premier League home games (W3).
Forced into using youth, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is being rewarded by vibrant performances which see the club ensconced in the top four and looking well set for the Champions League knockout phase.
The recent visit of Ajax might have been a wake-up call for their European ambitions but fighting back to secure a 4 – 4 draw even with their opponents down to nine men, speaks volumes to their character.
Tammy Abraham is leading the line well with 10 goals in the Premier League and also his first for England during the last international break. Chelsea’s biggest strength, however, is goals from the supporting cast with Christian Pulisic (5), Mason Mount (4), N’golo Kante (3) and Willian (2) contributing 14 between them.
It gives the Blues a strong attacking line-up which is just as well since only seven teams in the whole division have conceded more than their 19 goals so far this season. That’s more than double the best record, held by Leicester City with eight goals.
If Lampard is to continue what has been an impressive debut Premier League managerial season, he will need to continue to work on the defence, particularly if any of the clubs currently trailing in their wake decide to rise from their respective sloughs.
Still, if he’s looking for omens and whatnot to bolster his squad’s confidence, Lampard could remind them they are unbeaten in their last seven home London derbies, winning the last six, the last five of which all came with a two-goal margin of victory.
It’s not looking good for West Ham United, whichever way you look at it.
Chelsea vs West Ham United Head to Head
Chelsea leads the head-to-head with 50 wins to West Ham United’s 40 with 22 drawn.
West Ham are fourteen without a win at Stamford Bridge (D4, L10) since winning 3 – 2 in 2002/03. It’s a long run and one which shows little sign of abating although they have drawn three of the last six (L3).
However, in the Premier League era, Chelsea dominate the November meetings between the two clubs (W3, D1).
Chelsea won last season’s encounter 2 – 0 thanks to a brace of goals from Eden Hazard.
Chelsea Team News
Frank Lampard had few injury worries prior to the midweek to Valencia but has some thinking to do now. Tammy Abraham’s hip injury caused consternation in Spain but may not be as serious as first thought.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Antonio Rudiger and Marco van Ginkel are all out with Ross Barkley, who didn’t travel to Valencia in midweek, rated at no more than 50:50 for this fixture.
West Ham United Team News
Issa Diop is suspended after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season against Tottenham and will leave be a big miss in the West Ham defence.
Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Lanzini are the only other injury absentees for Manuel Pellegrini; both are sidelined until 2020.
Chelsea vs West Ham United Betting Tips
Unsurprisingly, Chelsea are clear favourites at 7/25 in Novibet’s matchday odds.
West Ham United barely get a look-in at 25/2 with a draw seen as more likely and even that is out at 43/10. Only the hardiest of Hammers will disagree with the sentiments behind those odds.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side is hit-and-miss in front of goal but not scoring in three of their last four away games is a run which makes the odds of 49/50 for Will Both Teams Score in the Match (GG/NG): No look a safe bet.
Little wonder that Home Team Goals market sees a likely deluge of Chelsea goals. Over 2.5 sits at 41/50 while the Hammers woes see the Away Team Goals market offer value at 11/10 for No Goals.