Chelsea vs West Ham United Prediction, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and football predictions for the match between Chelsea vs West Ham United in the Premier League.
Chelsea vs West Ham United Match Preview
With their hopes of qualifying for next year’s Champions League fading fast, Chelsea need to get their act together fast or bid their hopes adieu. As they prepare for the Chelsea vs West Ham United fixture at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, April 8, so check out our Chelsea vs West Ham United prediction and betting tips.
On any other day, Chelsea would be confident of a win in this London derby against West Ham. However, five defeats in their last seven league games coming into this Chelsea vs West Ham United fixture means that the Blues start this game with many questions than answers. Ahead of the weekend fixtures, Chelsea are eight points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot. Their only hope for silverware this season remains the FA Cup, but remaining out of top-four is a huge blow. The Blues generally have a very proud home campaign any season, but this year has seen them already lose four times. Two of those losses have come in the last four games, against Bournemouth and Tottenham. The defensive stability, which is so often the cornerstone of Chelsea teams, has been missing in recent games with the Blues conceding seven goals in their last four home games.
West Ham United
Does that give confidence to the visitors ahead of this Chelsea vs West Ham United fixture? Whether it gives them confidence or not is a question up for discussion, but David Moyes’ side need to keep winning to make sure of their safety. Ahead of the weekend fixtures, West Ham are 14th in the table (33 pts, W8, D9, L14). That may sound fine for now, but the difference from the bottom three is just five points and the Hammers know very well that it is not yet safe. Having stopped their three-match losing run with a win over Southampton last weekend, West Ham will hope to catch their London neighbours at the wrong end of their form. However, they have lost in all three of their trips and will have to improve a lot to have any hopes of a positive result.
Chelsea vs West Ham United H2H
The last seven encounters between these sides have seen Chelsea and West Ham winning three each and drawing once.
Chelsea vs West Ham United Team News
Chelsea will have Thibaut Courtois back under the sticks while Pedra and Zappacosta remain doubtful.
Michail Antonio is out for the rest of the season and there are doubts if Manuel Lanzini can recover in time from injury for West Ham.
Chelsea vs West Ham United Probable Lineups
Chelsea: Courtois (GK), Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Willian, Hazard, Morata.
West Ham United: Hart (GK), Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku, Mario, Lanzini, Arnautovic.
Chelsea vs West Ham United betting tip
Chelsea may be in the midst of a poor run of form, but the Hammers haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since September 2002. Although Tottenham broke their jinx last weekend, expecting the Hammers to create their own record is a bit too far fetching. We expect the Blues to win this game and finish the job in the first half-time.