Chelsea vs West Ham United Match Preview, Head to Head Statistics & Predictions

Chelsea will hope to return to winning ways as they welcome West Ham to Stamford Bridge for a Monday night fixture.  

Chelsea 

Frank Lampard’s men have slipped down the table following consecutive defeats and that ‘feel good’ factor of the last few weeks has started to slip, away creating room for an anxious mood among the supporters. The Blues were on a run of 13 games unbeaten in all competitions before back to back defeats to Wolves and then last weekend against Everton, in a pretty disappointing performance which saw them drop down the table. 

Given how close all the teams in the top six are, Chelsea come into this fixture in seventh place, six points off reigning champions Liverpool. That means they cannot afford to lose a third straight league match particularly with games against Arsenal, Aston Villa and Manchester City up next. Goal scoring seems to be a problem for the Blues with chances being created but not converted, Timo Werner remains the biggest culprit and must improve his finishing if the blues are to have a chance of getting back to winning ways. 

Team News

Wingers Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi have been absent for Chelsea in recent matches, yet Lampard has refused to tweak his favoured 4-3-3 formation.

One or both of those players could return on Monday evening, though they are unlikely to slot straight into the starting lineup.

Predicted Chelsea XI: Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kovacic, Kante, Mount; Pulisic, Giroud, Werner

West Ham United 

West Ham are having themselves an impressive season, surprising many observers. The Hammers have now won back-to-back away games, with those victories coming against Sheffield United and Leeds, which is as many as they managed in their previous fourteen on the road. David Moyes’ men have lost only one of their last six games and currently sit 9th heading into this fixture with a chance to get into the top six with a win. 

The defensive solidity has been a key factor of their good start to the season so far and the nucleus of the team with Fabianski in goal, Angelo Ogbonna in the heart of defence and Declan Rice anchoring the midfield, west ham and David Moyes seem to have stumbled upon a formula. West Ham have gained five points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, matching their tally from the whole of 2019-20, so even going a goal behind, there can be a belief within the hammers that they could get something. 

Team News

As for West Ham, Moyes has hinted that he will rotate his side a bit to keep things fresh over the festive period. Jarrod Bowen picked up a knock last time out and may be one of those to drop out of the XI, while Versatile attacker Michail Antonio has not featured since the end of November, meanwhile, but he has a chance of making the squad for this trip across London.

Predicted West Ham XI – Fabianski; Coufal, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Snodgrass, Benrahma, Fornals; Haller

Head To Head Statistics

Five out of the last six games between Chelsea and West Ham have witnessed less than three goals. While three games at Stamford Bridge with West Ham has also produced less than the same amount of goals. It’s no use that Chelsea have won the last twelve games at home in the Premier League but West Ham defeated them at home by a goal margin last season, the subsequent head to head games saw Chelsea while they drew the previous two games. However, Chelsea haven’t lost at Stamford Bridge since the opening weekend of the season and will still be considered favourites here.

Predictions

  • Chelsea win or draw
  • Over 1.5 Team Goals (Chelsea)
  • Giroud/Werner to Score Anytime
  • Over 8.5 Match Corners

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