Out-of-form relegation battlers West Ham United take on in-form, Champions League-chasing Chelsea in a Premier League London derby.
London Stadium, London, England
Key Stat: West Ham have won just one of their last 12 matches in all competitions.
Expert Verdict: West Ham have one win in 12, while Chelsea have won five in a row, including beating Manchester City last time out and also winning in the FA Cup quarter-final. The momentum is all with the Blues and they are favourites to win this game.
West Ham Team News
Sebastien Haller and Robert Snodgrass remain sidelined for West Ham, who are also without Arthur Masuaku with a twisted ankle. The latter may return, but the former two are definitely out. Pablo Zabaleta and Carlos Sanchez both declined the option of contract extensions, meanwhile, as has youngster Jeremy Ngakia. Ngakia turned down a ‘significant’ offer, while Zabaleta opted against an extension after picking up an injury.
Jarrod Bowen – Currently keeping Anderson and Yarmolenko out of the team but he will need to show more than just a few glimpses of talent to get the Hammers firing again.
Michail Antonio – Has been leading the attacking since West Ham’s return and they are going to need something special from him up front.
Mark Noble – Every team needs their leaders to step up when they are in trouble, and there is no way captain Noble will be shying away from the challenge.
West Ham have lost both matches 2-0 since restarting their season. They were beaten 2-0 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, before losing by the same score away to Tottenham Hotspur last time out.
Defenders:Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Declan Rice, Aaron Cresswell
Midfielders:Mark Noble, Thomas Soucek
Attacking Midfielders:Jarrod Bowen, Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals
Christian Pulisic may miss out after being withdrawn due to a minor calf injury against Leicester at the weekend. Andreas Christensen (hip) is also a doubt, while Fikayo Tomori has picked up a muscular injury too. Kepa Arrizabalaga should be back in goal.
Tammy Abraham – Not yet scored since the restart, but the young English striker remains the focal point of Chelsea’s attack and has 13 league goals this season.
Willian – Scored the winner from the spot against Manchester City to move to three goals in Chelsea’s last five matches.
Ross Barkley – Could start after stepping off the bench to score the winner at the weekend, particularly if Pulisic misses out too.
Chelsea have now won five in a row in all competitions after three wins from three since their return to action. Christian Pulisic scored in league wins against Aston Villa and Manchester City, with Olivier Giroud and Willian respectively netting the winners in 2-1 victories. Last time out, in the FA Cup quarter-final, Ross Barkley scored the only goal of the game at Leicester.
Defenders:Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Marcos Alonso
Midfielders:Ross Barkley, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount
Forwards:Willian, Tammy Abraham, Pedro
West Ham won at Stamford Bridge in November and have actually only lost one of their last five matches against Chelsea – though that did come at Stamford Bridge last season. Aaron Cresswell scored the only goal of the game as the Hammers won in September, however. Here are the results of their last five matches:
Nov 30, 2019: Chelsea 0-1 West Ham United
Apr 08, 2019: Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United
Sep 23, 2018: West Ham United 0-0 Chelsea
Apr 08, 2018: Chelsea 1-1 West Ham United
Dec 09, 2017: West Ham United 1-0 Chelsea
Chelsea go into this game buoyed by having beaten Manchester City in the Premier League and then reached the FA Cup semi-finals in their last two matches.
Either side of lockdown, they have now won their last five matches in a row in all competitions, whereas West Ham have one win in their last 12 games.
A pair of 2-0 defeats, to Wolves and Spurs, leave the Hammers in big trouble at the bottom of the table – level on points with Bournemouth and Aston Villa below them.
And the form book does not look good for them getting anything out of this game, either.
Chelsea impressed on the counter-attack against Manchester City and even if Christian Pulisic misses out injured, they have the pace to cause West Ham problems too.
Tammy Abraham is among the players looking to get back in the goals, while Ross Barkley stepped off the bench to score last time out.
There are goals throughout this Chelsea team, and they come up against a West Ham team who concede far too many.
In truth, this looks a formality – and West Ham could be in further trouble by the end of this week’s fixtures as a result.
Chelsea are odds-on favourites to beat West Ham United and can be backed at 4/7 to win with 10Bet, Betway, Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and Bet365.
The Hammers have lost both matches to nil since their return to action and you can bet against both teams to score at 11/10 with Betfair and Paddy Power.
With West Ham conceding twice in each of their last two games, Over 1.5 Chelsea goals will return 8/13 with Bet365.
For the Blues, Tammy Abraham is a best price of 23/20 with Ladbrokes to score at any time, while Olivier Giroud is 29/20 with 888sport if he comes on.
Chelsea are in good form, which has continued since the restart, and they are favourites to win this match too.