Chelsea v West Ham United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Chelsea v West Ham United

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Saturday, November 30, 2019


Stamford Bridge

Punter's Pick

Chelsea start this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. We feel that given West Ham’s poor form and Chelsea’s strength at home, that the Blues will beat the Hammers and do so by more than one goal. Therefore we are backing the -1 goal handicap offered by Bet365 at 8/11 for Chelsea to win by two goals or more as well as there to be over 4.5 cards in the game at 6/5 with the same bookmaker.

Chelsea welcome West Ham to Stamford Bridge in a London derby featuring two teams fighting at opposite ends of the table. Chelsea will be keen to continue their progress for a top four finish while West Ham sit one position and three points above the relegation zone. Who can bounce back, with both teams losing their last game coming into this one?

Chelsea have had a tough week after losing a tight game against champions Manchester City and then drawing their Champions League game 2-2 away at Valencia. On paper that looks like a good result but having been 2-1 up through goals from Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic, Chelsea conceded late leaving both teams with a point apiece. They now sit in third place in the table and will need to win against Lille to ensure they progress to the next round. Frank Lampard certainly will be pleased with the form of his team overall after a difficult start to the season and a run of just one defeat in 11 games in all competitions has shown the progress made under the Chelsea legend. The team will feel they have enough to take all three points against West Ham with Lampard having the additional motivation to get one over on his former employers. The team is likely to be an attacking one as West Ham have struggled of late, with Willian, Pulisic and Kovacic all likely to push up and support Tammy Abraham and get this one done early. However derby games can be tricky affairs and Lampard will be ensuring there is no complacency heading into this one.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is facing increasing pressure from fans and pundits alike after West Ham lost their third Premier League game in a row. The winless run now extends to eight games which has included six defeats and two draws. The most disappointing thing for Hammers fans have been the performances, with many players being accused of lacking pride for the shirt. The 3-2 loss to Tottenham flattered West Ham as Spurs had raced into a 3-0 lead through goals from Son, Moura and Harry Kane, only for substitute Michail Antonio to rally his team and get one back with Ogbonna to make the score more respectable. The form of Sebastian Haller is of real concern as much was expected of his arrival and the striker has now gone five games without scoring. The build-up play and creativity up to him has been poor as Pellegrini struggles to find the right formula. A loss here could make things difficult for the board who may have to act sooner rather than later when deciding Pellegrini’s future.

In team news Chelsea will be sweating on the fitness of Tammy Abraham who was substituted after picking up an injury against Valencia in midweek. The striker has himself given hope that it is just a knock that he can recover from but if he is not 100% fit then Lampard may be forced to make a change. Callum Hudson-Odoi may return for the Blues and at least make up part of the matchday squad, but Ross Barkley is likely to miss out, with Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek also out.

West Ham remain without long-term absentees Manuel Lanzini and Lukasz Fabianski while Issa Diop is out through suspension.

In recent meetings between these two, honours have been a lot closer than many would have expected. West Ham have run their London rivals close and managed a 0-0 draw in their home game last season before Chelsea won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge courtesy of goals from Eden Hazard. The Previous season saw West Ham win 1-0 at home and take a point away in a 1-1 draw, showing the unpredictable nature of derby games.

Punter's Pick

Chelsea start this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. We feel that given West Ham’s poor form and Chelsea’s strength at home, that the Blues will beat the Hammers and do so by more than one goal. Therefore we are backing the -1 goal handicap offered by Bet365 at 8/11 for Chelsea to win by two goals or more as well as there to be over 4.5 cards in the game at 6/5 with the same bookmaker.

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