West Ham vs Chelsea Prediction, Preview, Team News and Betting Tips
West Ham vs Chelsea Premier League
West Ham United’s Champions League (UCL) ambitions remain intact despite their 3-2 reverse to Newcastle, their fourth consecutive Premier League (PL) game to feature over 4.5 goals (W2, D1, L1). Architects of their own downfall, it also witnessed them embarrassingly score a league-high fourth own goal of the PL campaign!
The ‘Hammers’ are more secure at home, and having conceded just one league goal prior to the 30th minute here this term, they’ve become hard to break down. Furthermore, they’ve lost just one PL game here this season after netting the opener (W9, D2), although that was against another top-four contender in Manchester United.
Perhaps unsettled by all the furore surrounding the ‘ESL’, Chelsea’s 0-0 midweek draw with Brighton & Hove Albion saw them miss the chance to go third in the table, although they did leapfrog their hosts back into the all-important UCL position. Looking increasingly likely to achieve a top-four finish, they’ve kept 15 clean sheets in 20 competitive games under Thomas Tuchel and haven’t conceded prior to the 30th minute therein.
Impressively, the ‘Blues’ haven’t lost any of their six away league matches since he took charge in January (W4, D2), three of which saw them net from the penalty spot. However, they’ve only won one of their last six competitive H2Hs as the away side (D1, L4) so this area of London hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Chelsea recently.
Players to score: Jesse Lingard’s penalty against Newcastle was his seventh league strike in as many games for West Ham, while four of his last six PL goals came before the 30th minute. Meanwhile, Mason Mount has struck between the 40th and 55th minute in three of Chelsea’s last five PL away games, on each occasion netting his side’s first goal and twice scoring match-openers.
Hot stat: West Ham are unbeaten in 71.43% of league matches entered as home outsiders this term, with Chelsea unbeaten in an identical percentage of games starting as away favourites.
Prediction: West Ham  vs  Chelsea