This week’s Premier League calendar sees Chelsea play host to West Ham United on Monday night at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they welcome London rivals West Ham United.
The London derby is crucial for the Blues, who have followed up their 17-game unbeaten run with back-to-back losses on the road.
For the Hammers, three points might take them to the top six depending on the goal difference.
A 1-0 humbling at Everton ended their streak, before Wolves came back from behind to beat them 2-1 in midweek.
As a result, at the time of writing, Chelsea have slipped to eighth place in the Premier League table, nine points away from holders Liverpool.
West Ham are, in fact, right behind Chelsea with 21 points. The Hammers enter this match-up with three wins and a draw from their last five games. Chelsea will have their task cut out once again.
West Ham will also take confidence from the last time these two sides met at the Bridge, when a hard-earned 1-0 win sank the Blues.
Reason for Chelsea vs West Ham predictions:
- West Ham have scored in each of their last 12 Premier League matches.
- Chelsea have the second best attacking record in the Premier League this season with 26 goals scored.
- Olivier Giroud has scored seven goals in his last seven appearances for Chelsea.
Chelsea have won a staggering 50 times against West Ham, while their opponents have managed 42 victories. Only 22 matches have finished as draws.
West Ham, who won both legs of the same fixture last season, are looking for three consecutive wins against Chelsea for the first time since 1974.
What we can expect is some goals from both teams, however. Chelsea have conceded in each of their last four games in all competitions but have scored 26 league goals this term, second only to Liverpool.
West Ham, meanwhile, have scored in each of their last 12 Premier League matches but have conceded in each of their last four, so backing both teams to score looks excellent value.
Chelsea have lost only one of their last 14 Premier League home games against West Ham, though that was in this corresponding fixture last season.
The Hammers won home and away against Chelsea last season and are looking to win three in a row against their London rivals in the top flight for the first time since 1974.
The visitors enter this game in high spirits, even if they were held in midweek, but we can see Chelsea’s squad depth helping them pull through this final pre-Christmas fixture.
Our Prediction: Chelsea @ 1.52
Source: BetInAsia Black