West Ham v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 9th December, 2017
Venue: London Stadium
Kick-off: 12:30 GMT

Today’s early kick-off sees us take the short trip to the London Stadium to take on a West Ham side who pushed the runaway league leaders pretty hard in their last game. They’ll be feeling more confident having kept City to a narrow win but they’re still 8 games without a win.
Chelsea, on the other hand, are unbeaten in 7 league games but just weren’t clinical enough against Atletico midweek. We’ve conceded just four goals in our last seven games in all competitions but as we all know only too well, there’s nothing like a London derby to turn even the poorest opposition into world beaters for a day.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, West Ham manager David Moyes says “I would want to say that Adrian’s performance [against Manchester City when Hart was ineligible] gives me a good problem because I’m looking for keen competition for places in this team. I don’t want anyone to feel they have a divine right to play. I’m not going to reveal just at this moment which of them will be playing on Saturday. I am also aware that Joe is England’s first-choice goalkeeper and there is a World Cup next summer but, as West Ham’s manager, I am only interested in winning matches and doing what is right for this club.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte meanwhile, says “This league is very tough, especially because there is a team [Manchester City] that is on an extraordinary path. West Ham has a good squad with good players. To see them in this position is a bit strange.”

SQUAD NEWS
For West Ham, Javier Hernandez (hamstring) could return, and Winston Reid (hamstring) will face a late fitness test.
For Chelsea, Danny Drinkwater misses out through illness and David Luiz (knee) remains out.

TEAMS
WEST HAM (Possible line-up): Adrian; Reid, Ogbonna, Rice; Zabaleta, Kouyate, Fernandes, Obiang, Cresswell; Lanzini; Antonio
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Christensen, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Kante, Moses; Hazard; Morata

LAST SEASON
West Ham 1-2 Chelsea (6 March 2017)

RECENT FORM
WEST HAM: DLLDLL
CHELSEA: WWWDWW

OTHER STUFF
~ West Ham have won just two and lost 16 of their last 22 Premier League games against Chelsea.
~ Chelsea won 2-1 in both league meetings last season,
~ Chelsea are one victory away from their 50th in all competitions against West Ham.
~ West Ham are without a win in eight league games, including five defeats.
~ West Ham have not gone nine top-flight games without a win since May 2011
~ West Ham’s tally of 10 points after 15 games is their lowest at this stage of a Premier League season.
~ West Ham have taken only one point out of a possible 12 under David Moyes.
~ Chelsea are unbeaten in their last seven league games, winning six of them.
~ Chelsea’s last league defeat came in a London derby away to Crystal Palace in mid-October.
~ Chelsea have won each of their last seven Premier League matches played in December.
~ Chelsea have scored a league-high nine headed goals this term.

PREDICTION
BBC Sport: West Ham 1-1 Chelsea
Sky Sports: West Ham 1-3 Chelsea
SportsMole: West Ham 1-2 Chelsea

One Response to “West Ham v CHELSEA: Preview”

  1. yes, I believe Chelsea will be able to grab all the three points as they hope for a possible draw or win 4 United in the Manchester derby……..