Chelsea v West Ham United Tips & Predictions - Saturday 30th November 2019

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Chelsea’s push to finish in the top four has been put back on track by two victories on the bounce. Another win for the Blues this Monday night would see them return to the Champions League places, helping to ease some of the pressure on boss Maurizio Sarri. The Italian continues to divide opinion among the Chelsea fan base but a top four finish will surely see his popularity rise.

The race for seventh place is almost as fierce as the battle for Champions League football but it is a race West Ham are very much on the fringes of. The Hammers need to make up five points and four places if they are to claim what is potentially the final Europa League spot. In order to give themselves a fighting chance, a near perfect end to the season is needed from Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

Top Tips

Chelsea to win by one goal @ 5/2

Chelsea to win 1-0 @ 15/2

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Chelsea News: Hudson-Odoi makes full league debut

Chelsea Pre-Match Training Drill at Stamford Bridge
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For months, the Chelsea faithful have been crying out for Callum Hudson-Odoi to receive more minutes in the league. With Pedro out injured in midweek, their calls were answered as Sarri named the 18-year-old in the starting line-up in the league for the very first time. Although unable to mark the occasions with a goal, his fine trickery and cross allowed Olivier Giroud to break the deadlock against Brighton. Chelsea fans must now wait with bated breath to see if the winger can retain his place as Pedro could be fit enough to make his return.

West Ham United News: Rice talks about Chelsea past

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Declan Rice might have been wearing blue for this fixture had Chelsea not released him at the young age 14. The midfielder recently opened up about his release from the youth academy, stating it was an incredibly deflating experience for him. The pain of rejection quickly faded however as only two days later he was training with West Ham. Rice hasn’t looked back since and hopes to again make a statement to his former employers for a second time this Monday.

Anderson and Arnautovic both slight doubts

Missing both Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic against Everton last weekend helps explain why West Ham could only muster three shots in total. Pellegrini will be desperately hoping the pair return here but there involvement is under some threat. Anderson felt some pain in his ankle last week although the issue appears to be a minor one. Pain was also the reason for Arnautovic’s absence, located in a previously troublesome knee. He too looks more likely than not to beat the race to be fit but neither are guarantees.

Analysis: Hammers in rough away patch

Manuel Pellegrini is a man needing answers as his men find themselves seven matches without a win away from home. Six of these matches have ended in defeat for the West Ham, a worrying stat ahead of a trip to a difficult stadium. The Chilean needs to stop the rot as his club haven’t beaten a top six side away in a league match since 2015.

Youngsters inject life into Blues

Chelsea laboured to an undeserved win against Cardiff but dominantly brushed Brighton aside three days later. The decision to bring Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek into the starting line-up was a big reason behind the vastly improved display. The pair of Englishmen put in fine shifts as they staked a real claim for another rare league start. Although Sarri has previously been reluctant to play the pair in the league, surely even he can’t drop the two now. Their involvement should be enough to let Chelsea see this game out but a one goal victory (5/2) might be all they can muster given their poor recent record against the Irons.

Hammers hitting with no force

The potential return of Anderson and Arnautovic will give West Ham’s attack some teeth but don’t expect them to have a huge impact. Even when the pair were fit, the Irons were not finding the net regularly, scoring just once in their last six away matches. Their only strike in this time was a Mark Noble penalty, a sign that the Irons have rather lost their nerve on their travels. Pellegrini has tried tinkering with his set up on the road but two shots on targets against Cardiff shows his experiments aren’t working. When also factoring in that Chelsea have kept six clean sheets in their last eight home matches, a 1-0 home win offers plenty of appeal at 15/2.

Recent Matches

Chelsea have not found life against West Ham particularly easy in recent years. The Blues have won just two of their last eight meetings with the Irons across all competitions and struggled during their most recent clash in September.

23rd September 2018: West Ham United 0 – 0 Chelsea

Chelsea’s perfect start to the Premier League season came to an end following a fairly uninspiring display at the London stadium. Despite losing their winning streak, a draw was a relieving outcome by full time as Andriy Yarmolenko spurned a glorious chance with 10 minutes left to go. Robert Snodgrass’s pinpoint cross picked out the Ukrainian just six yards out but he somehow directed his header wide with just an exposed Kepa to beat.

8th April 2018: Chelsea 1 – 1 West Ham United

Back in April of last season, West Ham held Chelsea to a frustrating draw at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte’s Blues took the lead through a Cesar Azpilicueta goal nine minutes before half time, but Javier Hernandez scored to rescue a point for David Moyes’ Irons in the 73rd minute. The home team had more possession, more shots and much more of the play, but West Ham deserved to leave the Bridge with a point.

9th December 2017: West Ham United 1 – 0 Chelsea

West Ham sealed a famous victory over Chelsea back in December last year. Arnautovic’s early goal proved to be enough to give Moyes’ men a 1-0 win at the London Stadium. The Blues huffed and puffed after going a goal down after six minutes, but the likes of Hazard and Alvaro Morata failed to break down West Ham’s stubborn defence.

6th March 2017: West Ham United 1 – 2 Chelsea

Chelsea’s one and only win at the London Stadium came back in March 2017. It was a tough game for the Blues, who went on to become Premier League champions in Conte’s first season in charge. Hazard opened the scoring in the 25th minute, with Diego Costa doubling the Blues’ lead five minutes after the break. A Manuel Lanzini goal in injury time was just a consolation in the 2-1 triumph for Chelsea. The Blues also beat West Ham 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the reverse Premier League match, although the Hammers secured a 2-1 win of their own in a League Cup meeting on home turf in October 2016.

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