Chelsea v West Ham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 04, 2019
Stamford Bridge - Premier League
Maurizio Sarri's Champions League chasing Chelsea welcome London West Ham rivals to Stamford Bridge for a high stakes Monday night clash.
West Ham held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at the London Stadium earlier this season and Manuel Pellegrini's side are unbeaten in their last three games against The Blues.
Chelsea have not won any of their last four games away at West Ham, at both the London Stadium and Upton Park.
Sarri is hopeful that Spanish pair Marcos Alonso and Pedro will be fit to return to the side after missing the win over Brighton in midweek through injury. Ruben Loftus-Cheek started and scored against The Seagulls, however he is still on the comeback trail from injury.
Marko Arnautovic should be OK to play after being withdrawn during last weekend's loss at home to Everton, with Felipe Anderson and Samir Nasri also looking to return from injury. Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Winston Reid, Andy Carroll and Andriy Yarmolenko are all still sidelined with long term injuries.
Chelsea v West Ham Preview and Predictions
Chelsea boosted their chances of a top four finish with a confident 3-0 victory over Brighton, and they will be hoping for a slip from Arsenal in the race for the Champions League. Sarri remains under pressure, however if he can secure a strong finish to the season then he may get a stay of execution for the 2019-20 campaign.
The Hammers have slipped off the pace in their own European race, the push for 7th place and a Europa League spot, with five points not separating them from Wolves. The losses in their last six games has undermined their strong form at the turn of the year, and Pellegrini may struggle to turn it around before the end of the season.
With their tails up following the Brighton performance, Chelsea should be in line for a fairly straightforward three points at home - priced at 1/3. The Blues have not been short of goal in recent weeks, with seven goals in their last three games at Stamford Bridge, and Sarri's side are at 10/11, to score in both halves.
Chelsea to win 2-0 at 7/1
Sarri knows that his side can ill afford to drop an points, particularly at home, between now and the end of the campaign, if they are to chase down Arsenal and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United and that starts with this game.
Olivier Giroud to score anytime at 11/10
The French international netted a hat trick against Dynamo Kiev in March, and with Gonzalo Higuain still recovering from injury, the former Arsenal man is set to start again. He has scored four goals in his last four games for Everton, and in two in two for France during the recent international break.