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Contrasting fortunes

Beleaguered West Ham United play host to top-three hopefuls Chelsea at the London Stadium this evening. This encounter is hugely important for each side although for very different reasons, the Hammers desperately trying to keep their heads above the drop zone and the Blues looking to clinch a Champions League berth for next season.



West Ham sit fourth from bottom in the Premier League table, level on points with two of the sides below them, namely Bournemouth and Aston Villa. They are very much in the mire as things stand and their performances since the enforced break have been somewhat lacklustre and toothless, back-to-back 2-0 defeats coming against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur.


Up against it

David Moyes’ men have won just twice in twelve outings and they appear to be purely a bunch of individuals as opposed to a collective unit, something which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in them right now. Thankfully for them they have some relatively easier fixtures ahead of them with matches against Burnley, Watford and Aston Villa, however they will be very much up against it tonight when they entertain a Chelsea side which really are firing on all cylinders.


Greater depth

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has a wealth of options at his disposal, perfectly epitomised in the FA Cup win over Leicester City last weekend, the Blues gaffer bring on a trio of Ross Barkley, Matteo Kovacic and Cesar Azpilicueta after the break. The greater depth of squad should be the difference between the two sides in East London tonight and the main play as far as we’re concerned will be to get with the visitors. Chelsea are slightly short at 8/15 to collect all three points, however this can be boosted to a healthier 5/6 for a Blues victory and under 4.5 Total Goals.


Chelsea Odds

All of Chelsea’s last ten Premier League victories have involved under 5 goals and the Hammers have looked somewhat more stringent in defence under Moyes. The hosts have lacked firepower however and it’s hard to see them registering more than a solitary goal tonight.


Back Chelsea to win and under 4.5 goals at 5/6 odds with Ladbrokes Bookmakers