Premier League Preview: West Ham vs Chelsea
Lampard’s high-flying Chelsea head to the London Stadium on Wednesday night to take on struggling West Ham in the Premier League.
West Ham are looking for their first win in the league since the restart and urgently need three points to survive relegation.
Three straight misfortunes have seen David Moyes’ side dive down to seventeenth, just maintaining the drop zone on goal difference.
Despite what might be expected, Chelsea will head into Wednesday night’s match overflowing with the certainty. The Blues are undefeated since their return as they plan to set Champions League football next season, and most recently beat Leicester City to make FA Cup semi finals.
West Ham: Fabianski; Fredericks,Noble, Soucek; Bowen, Antonio, Anderson, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell; Rice.
Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Kante, Barkley; Willian, Giroud, Mount, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso.
West Ham are in helpless form right now. The Hammers facilitated Wolves in their first game back and were easily beaten 2-0 at the London Stadium, and lost by the equivalent scoreline in their outing to Tottenham.
Chelsea have won three out of three since their Premier League return. Frank Lampard’s side are glancing persevering in their quest for Champions League football next season, beating Aston Villa 2-1 in their first game back, and have since overseen great triumphs over Manchester City and Leicester.
West Ham 0-2 Wolves (20/6) Arsenal 1-0 West Ham (7/3) West Ham 3-1 Southampton (29/2) Liverpool 3-2 West Ham (24/2)Tottenham 2-0 West Ham (23/6)
Leicester City 0-1 Chelsea (28/6) Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City (25/6) Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea (21/6) Chelsea 4-0 Everton (8/3) Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool (3/3)
Chelsea have seen West Ham as an extreme foe of late history. In their last five meetings, going back to late 2017, Chelsea have won only a single time.
There is by all accounts something about Chelsea that gets West Ham terminating on all cylinders. With the Hammers urgently needing a win, this could be the match where they might get lucky.
Expectation: West Ham 1-0 Chelsea