East takes on West London in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off

Last updated: December 6, 2017 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:30
Venue: The London Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Team Form: LLDLL
Away Team Form: WWDWW
Last Meeting: West Ham 1 – 2 Chelsea
Competition: Premier League

East and West London clash heads in Sunday’s midday kick-off with West Ham welcoming Chelsea to the London Stadium. There’s a distinct contrast in form coming into this one; West Ham haven’t won a game since the end of September, while Chelsea are unbeaten since around the same time.

Most were expecting West Ham to be on the wrong end of a bruising going into last week’s match against Manchester City. The Hammers, however, had other ideas. Setting up to defend and doing so well, they managed to take the lead just before half-time. That was quickly cancelled out shortly after the break, before Kevin de Bruyne finally unlocked the Hammers’ defence with an assist for David Silva’s late goal. City were by far the better time, but West Ham have every right to feel hard done by not to get a point. There’s no time to dwell on that defeat though. Chelsea await here and West Ham are still without a large number of first team players, mostly in defence, though Chicharito is still out with a hamstring injury. The Hammers have fared well against Chelsea in recent years, though the stats from this season don’t bode particularly well for West Ham.

Chelsea sit in third place after a great run of form over the last seven gameweeks, which has seen six wins and one draw. A lot of this has to do with the return of Eden Hazard. The Belgian has been instrumental since returning to the team and his combination play with Morata will be West Ham’s key concern coming into this one. The traditional defensive solidity is there too for the Blues. Four clean sheets in the seven game unbeaten streak justifies Conte’s formation change, that has also had a hand in unleashing the full potential of Hazard at the other end of the field. Chelsea are big favourites to win, but they have had difficulties against West Ham before. With the Hammers likely to set up similarly to how they did last week against City, the key will be finding a way to unlock what is likely to be a packed defence.

Team News

West Ham defended well against Manchester City last week, but their problems remain. Winston Reid, James Collins, and Jose Fonte should all miss out, while Cheikhou Kouyaté limped off injured in the last match.

Things don’t get much better upfront for the Hammers either. Both Andy Carroll and Chicharito are out injured.

David Luiz is set to miss out again as the defender suffers from a knee injury.

Chelsea played a full strength side in the Champions League, but that didn’t result in the win for Antonio Conte. Chelsea finished runners up in the group and may now have to rotate personnel for this one.

Expected Line-Ups:

West Ham (4-3-3): Adrián, Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyaté, Obiang, Arnautovic, Lanzini, Masuaku, Antonio
Subs: Martinez, Sakho, Noble, A Ayew, Fernandes, Quina, Rice
Injured: Fonte, Collins, Byram, Chicharito
Doubtful: Kouyaté, Noble
Not available:
West Ham (4-3-3): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger, Moses, Fàbregas, Kanté, Drinkwater, Alonso, E Hazard, Morata
Subs: Caballero, Pedro, Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Willian, Batshuayi, Cahill
Injured: Luiz, Musonda, Kennedy
Not available:

So Far This Season

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West Ham So Far This Season Chelsea So Far This Season
19th League Position 3rd
2 (0) Wins (away) 5 (5)
2 – 0 vs. Huddersfield Biggest Win 4 – 0 vs. Stoke
1 (3) Draws (away) 1 (1)
0 – 4 vs Everton Biggest Defeat 2 – 3 vs Burnley
Chicharito (4) Top Goal Scorer Morata (9)
Y32, R2 Discipline Y20, R3
6 Failures to Score 2
3 Clean Sheets 7
50% Both Teams to Score Games 50%
60% Over 2.5 Goals 53%
40% Under 2.5 Goals 47%
  • Despite West Ham’s injuries in attack, they have managed to score goals, though not more than once in a match since late October.
  • Chelsea have failed to score in just two matches this season. While the Hammer’s defence has improved, they have kept just three clean sheets so far this season.
  • The Hammers remain the team with the league’s worst discipline record after picking up a few more yellow cards in the last match.
  • All the last five games between the two have featured both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals. West Ham have also fared well, with two wins and a draw.

Head to Head

Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides
Date Game Result Round First Goal-scorer
06/03/2017 West Ham 1 – 2 Chelsea Premier League Hazard 25′
26/10/2016 West Ham 2 – 1 Chelsea League Cup Kouyaté 11′
15/09/2016 Chelsea 2 – 1 West Ham Premier League Hazard 47′
19/03/2016 Chelsea 2 – 2 West Ham Premier League Lanzini 17′
24/10/2015 West Ham 2 – 1 Chelsea Premier League Zárate 17′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Chelsea are of course big favourites going into this game and there’s little to suggest otherwise. West Ham’s performance against Manchester City last week will have inspired some confidence, but the Hammers will need to do the same again, but even better, if they want to take anything from the match.

West Ham have home advantage, but since the move to the London Stadium, the intimidation and atmosphere of a trip to Upton Park is gone. With Hazard and Morata in fine scoring form, we see Chelsea winning, but West Ham will make it tough, so the margin could be small.

You can get Chelsea to win at the not so great price of around 1/2. We’ll be combining this with under 2.5 goals to up the value, which can be found for around 13/5 at William Hill.