Sarri facing another tough match against West Ham

Last updated: April 5, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Monday, 21:00
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WWLDW
Away Form: LWLWL
Last Meeting: West Ham 0 – 0 Chelsea
Competition: EPL

With the season reachin it’s final batch of games, and the focus of English football fans shifting to European fixtures, this game doesn’t have the weight and spectatle that we have witnessed from these two teams in the past. Despite that, Chelsea sit on the edge of Champions League qualification and will need to secure a win here if they are to have a chance of qualifying for the competition next season.

The Blues secured a very vital and comfortable victory midweek against Brighton. With Olivier Giroud scoring his first goal in what seems like decades, their spirits will certainly be elevated. There are plenty more reasons for the Chelsea support to be feeling confident as well, Eden Hazard has been putting in the performances that are worthy of a player his calibre. But the crown jewel of the Chelsea team at the moment appears to be the young English winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi. Although he is clearly not the finished article, his potential is obvious – with raw pace and a predatory nature for goalscoring, Mauricio Sarri better start talking more positively about the young man if he wants to retain him this summer.

With Chelsea facing a transfer ban on purchasing players this summer, it appears that there is a bit of desperation within the club to keep hold of the players that they already have on their books. Eden Hazard is the main concern in this regard. The Belgian has been flirting with the idea of signing for Real Madrid for a few years, and with the Spanish club currently in complete disarray, they will surely be looking to make the deal this summer.

West Ham’s season looks to be all but over. They sit comfortably mid-table with plenty of points separating them from Europe, the pressure is well and truly off. But this is the Premier League, and these are always going to be hard-fought competitive matches. Even if it is missing that 1% extra edge, West Ham will certainly not be taking the preparation for this one lightly. With Declan Rice making his England debut last week and impressing in every game he’s played, fans will be looking to him to lead the defensive line against Chelsea. After losing their last game at home to Everton, West Ham have another tough fixture on their hands and will be hoping to try and keep Chelsea’s attack at bay for as long as possible to grind out a draw.

Team News

Spanish lef-back is the biggest injury absentee for Chelsea. Alonso will be unavailable for at least another week due to a hamstring problem.

West Ham’s attack takes a big hit due to the injury of the standout player this season, Felipe Anderson. The Brazilian winger suffered an ankle injury and is out for one week.

Yarmolenko had big expectations placed on him after signing for West Ham, but his missed most games this season with Achilles tendonitis.

West Ham centre-back Carlos Sanchez has been out for several months with a knee injury, expect his return in the next few weeks.

Expected Line-Ups:

Chelsea (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, D.Luiz, M.Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Hazard
Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Kovacic, Willian, Higuain, Pedro
Not available:
West Ham (4-4-2): Fabianski, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Zabaleta, Snodgrass, Rice, Obiang, Lanzini, Arnautovic, Perez
Subs: Hernandez, Antonio, Diangana, Masuka, Balbuena, Adrian, Noble
Injured: Wilshere, Carrol, Tarmolenko, Nasri, Anderson, Sanchez
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Chelsea This Season West Ham This Season
5th League Position 11th
19 (9) Wins (away) 8 (4)
5 – 0 v Huddersfield Biggest Win 0 – 3 v West Ham
6 (1) Draws (away) 6 (3)
0 – 6 v Man City Biggest Defeat 0 – 4 v Man City
Hazard (14) Top Goal Scorer Anderson (8)
Y41, R0 Discipline Y52, R1
9 Failures to Score 13
40.0% Clean Sheets 15.0%
57.7% Both Teams to Score Games 63.7%
59.4% Over 2.5 Goals 46.9%
40.6% Under 2.5 Goals 53.1%
  • When playing at home, Chelsea have not lost to West Ham in their last 13 encounters.
  • Eden Hazard is Chelsea’s top scorer with 14 goals. Felipe Anderson has scored 8 times for West Ham.
  • West Ham haven’t won any of their last 7 away matches.
  • Chelsea can enter the Champions League qualification places with a win against West Ham.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
23/09/2018 EPL West Ham 0 – 0 Chelsea
08/04/2018 EPL Chelsea 1 – 1 West Ham Azpilicueta 36′
09/12/2017 EPL West Ham 1 – 0 Chelsea Arnautovic 6′
06/03/2017 EPL West Ham 1 – 2 Chelsea Hazard 25’
26/10/2016 EPL West Ham 2 – 1 Chelsea Kouyate 11’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

This game looks pretty one-dimensional from our eyes. Chelsea have to win and should comfortably see off West Ham, take them to win for 1/3 at Ladbrokes.