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Prediction: West Ham vs Chelsea

Harry Kettle in Free Soccer Predictions 2 Dec 2021

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Prediction: Chelsea win

Best Odds: 22/31

Bookmaker: 888sport

The dust hasn’t even settled on a chaotic set of midweek Premier League fixtures and yet, here we are getting right back to work with another slate of weekend games. England’s top flight is heating up moreso than ever before with the busy winter period now upon us, and we’re intrigued to see how things continue to develop with West Ham United scheduled to host city rivals Chelsea in Saturday’s early kick-off.

West Ham

West Ham United are still on the hunt for a place in the top four and while we haven’t even reached the halfway point of the campaign yet, there’s still reason to believe they have a lot of fire left in them. Alas, with that being said, they’ve hit a bit of a wall in the last few weeks – raising questions as to whether or not David Moyes can balance the number of competitions they’re involved in.

Team News

Ogbonna is a confirmed injury absence for this one with Moyes hoping to have Cresswell back in the team after a back problem prevented him from playing against Brighton.

Chelsea

Chelsea are leading the charge in the three-way tussle to win the Premier League this season and that’s a testament to the work done by Thomas Tuchel. There are always going to be some wondering whether or not they can sustain this forward momentum but when you take one look at the depth in their squad, it becomes clear to see that they’ve still got some tricks up their sleeve as we head into December.

Team News

Jorginho is set to be fit enough to start in this one but Kovacic, Kante, Chilwell and Chalobah have all been ruled out due to injury. Reece James missed out during the week and will still be a doubt here, possibly opening the door for Azpilicueta to feature.

Factors to Consider

  • West Ham are 4th in the Premier League whereas Chelsea are 1st.
  • West Ham have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six games.
  • Chelsea have won four and drawn two of their last six games.
  • West Ham have scored nine goals and conceded eight in their last six games.
  • Chelsea have scored 12 goals and conceded three in their last six games.

Conclusion

West Ham are tough to beat at home but they’ve shown some signs of weakness in their last few outings, which is something we expect Chelsea to exploit. The Blues are a methodical side who are willing to wait for their chance, even if it means that it comes in the dying embers of the game. Therefore, we’re going to back them to edge past the Hammers with a nervy 1-0 win to maintain top spot in the Premier League.

Prediction: Chelsea win

Best Odds: 22/31

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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