West Ham v Chelsea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 19, 2018
London Stadium - Premier League
West Ham earned their first Premier League win last weekend against Everton, but face a much harder task as they host Chelsea on Sunday. The Blues have won all five of their games, and seem to look more convincing with every match.
A first half Cesar Azpilicueta goal was cancelled out by Javier Hernandez when the two sides met last season, with the draw effectively ending Chelsea's hopes of finishing in a Champions League place.
Manuel Pellegrini will be without Jack Wilshire after the midfielder underwent ankle surgery which will see him out for three months. This may well be a blessing in disguise as the Hammers looked far more balanced with Pedro Obiang in midfield alongside Mark Noble, allowing the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson to push forward.
Maurizio Sarri has all but settled on his starting XI, with the tactician rotating between Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata up front, and Willian and Pedro alternating on the right wing. With the Blues playing in the Europa League on Thursday night, it is likely that whoever doesn't start against POAK will do so on Sunday. Mateo Kovacic should recover from a minor injury to feature this weekend.
West Ham v Chelsea Preview and Predictions
With a win in the bag, West Ham will be hoping that they can finally get their season up and running. Having spent nearly £100 million in the transfer window, bringing in nine new players and a manager, the Hammers' slow start that sees them in 16th place in the league has caused some concern for the fans and owners alike.
Reassuringly for the Clarets, their Sunday win over a similarly expensively restructuring Everton team will have put many of these worries to bed. Furthermore, the impressive performance of Andriy Yarmolenko, a summer buy from Dortmund, will have gone some way to justifying their transfer strategy - especially as Carlos Sanches and Lucas Perez have yet to make an impression.
Yet, for all the new-found positivity emanating from the Olympic Stadium, Everton have hardly looked solid this season, wheres the Hammers opponents on Sunday, Chelsea, have been amongst the best sides in the leagues. Despite a disrupted summer, the Blues have adapted well to Maurizio Sarri's tactics, with Eden Hazard in particular thriving under the new freedom afforded to him.
The Belgian scored a hat trick against a poor Cardiff City at the weekend, and is looking every bit the man that won Player of the Year when Chelsea won the title back in 2015. With Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic supplying the Belgian with high quality passes, the Blues will undoubtedly dominate possession at the London Stadium, with West Ham hitting on the break through Marko Arnautovic.
Although Chelsea are undoubtedly the stronger team going into Sunday's match, the Blues have struggled against West Ham in recent years with honours shared evenly. The last three games between the sides have seen the Hammers win, lose and draw, and with some momentum behind them, they should be up for a test.
Marko Arnautovic to score anytime at 2/1
Only Mohamed Salah has been involved in more goals than the big Austrian since 2018.
Chelsea to win and both teams to score at 7/4
The Blues have yet to fully convince defensively but have looked threatening when going forward.