West Ham v Chelsea Preview And Betting Tips
A semi-final FA Cup spot booked and now just one-point adrift of third-placed Leicester, Frank Lampard’s first season in charge at Stamford Bridge is turning out to be a pretty good one. For West Ham it is a complete contrast to their London rivals. Still without a win since the Premier League returned, the Hammers sit level on points with Bournemouth and only out of the relegation zone on points difference. Tipsters Form Labs guide you to where the value might lie with their betting preview and tips, while Neil Mellor and Shaun Goater give their expert opinions ahead of the game.
West Ham are fully in a relegation battle this season and after a really positive start, their fans will be bitterly disappointed with how the campaign has unfurled.
David Moyes looked bereft of ideas in his side’s 2-0 loss at Spurs, a defeat which has led to his side achieving just one victory in 11 matches now.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have carried their good form over from before the break and are on a run of five consecutive wins in all competitions, which is all the more impressive considering they’ve faced all of Liverpool, Man City, Everton and Leicester in that time.
While Frank Lampard’s charges haven’t been blowing teams away, with all three victories since the restart coming by a single strike, they’ve still managed to get the job done and with the way both sides are playing at the moment, the Blues should have the majority of the ball.
They’ve dominated possession in 29 of their games this season, with no team achieving the majority in more games, so it’ll be a matter of if they can break their hosts down or not.
They’ve managed at least two strikes in each of their last five league matches, and West Ham’s record against the better sides in the division doesn’t make for pretty reading.
While the East London side are now unbeaten in five against the bottom half (W3-D2) they’ve lost 12 on the bounce against current top half sides dating all the way back to a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge in November.
They’ve also failed to register in five of their last six such matches as they’ve massively struggled without the physical presence of Sebastien Haller leading the line.
Michail Antonio is an ample replacement, though he’s not best deployed as a lone striker and is often found isolated up top.
The only saving grace for the Hammers is their record in this derby, going W4-D3-L3 across all competitions since the beginning of the 2015/16 season, though fans would be clutching at straws to use that as a strong case for their side here, and there’s very little reason to go against the away win.
Chelsea Multibet: 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1
The outright offers very little value, though the multibet looks to hold some value. 13 of the past 15 Chelsea wins in all competitions have come by either 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 scorelines, as have each of their last five victories over the Hammers as they’ve struggled to blow teams away this year.
Christian Pulisic To Score Anytime
Christian Pulisic has been the West London side’s brightest spark since the break, scoring twice already across the league and FA Cup, and has been unlucky his tally has been limited to just that.
He can hardly put a foot wrong at the moment, and holds the value for us to add to seven league goals already this term.