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Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Ham vs Chelsea

West Ham vs Chelsea Prediction West Ham vs Chelsea Preview and Prediction

Competition: Premier League – West Ham United vs. Chelsea

Venue: Upton Park – Saturday, October 24 – 15:00 GMT (11:00 ET) 

Match Odds: West Ham 13/5 – Draw 14/5 – Chelsea 10/11

Match Preview

West Ham United welcome Chelsea to Upton Park for an intriguing London derby in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

The Hammers are flying after an impressive 3-1 win away at Crystal Palace last weekend extended their current unbeaten run to six games (W4, D2).

Slaven Bilic’s side are fourth in the Premier League table and will be looking to further establish their credentials with another positive result here.

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West Ham have already recorded wins over Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City this season, although those successes all came away from home.

Their form at Upton Park has left a lot to desire so far this season, with just one win from four home games (D1, L2), so the Irons will be looking to put that right on Saturday.

West Ham’s Premier League record: P9 – W5 – D2 – L2

Chelsea make the short trip across London hoping to record back-to-back victories for the first time in the Premier League this season.

The Blues beat Aston Villa 2-0 at Stamford Bridge last time out but still find themselves in the bottom half of the table after a disappointing start to the campaign by their very high standards.

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Jose Mourinho will be hoping his side avoid suffering a hangover from their tricky midweek Champions League game in the Ukraine against Dynamo Kiev, which ended goalless.

Chelsea’s Premier League record: P9 – W3 – D2 – L4

The last meeting between these two sides saw Chelsea edge a 1-0 win on the same ground back in March 2015.

Team News

West Ham will be without Victor Moses who is on-loan from Chelsea and cannot face his parent club. Winston Reid (back) and Alexandre Song (ankle) will miss the game through injury, while Joey O’Brien is also a doubt (leg).

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Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (knee) remains a long-term absentee for Chelsea, while Branislav Ivanovic (hamstring), Pedro (knock) and Loic Remy (knock) are all major doubts.

Key Points

West Ham’s last five: W/W/D/D/W

Chelsea’s last five: L/W/D/L/W

Key Stat: West Ham have only beaten Chelsea once in their last 18 meetings in the Premier League (D3, L14).

Key Player: Dimitri Payet – The Frenchman has been a joy to watch this season with five goals and three assists already to his name after just nine games. He can cause trouble for any defence.

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Score Prediction

West Ham 1-1 Chelsea – West Ham are full of confidence and come up against a Jose Mourinho side who will be focusing on not losing the game. It should be a tightly contested London derby and a draw seems the likely outcome.

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About Ben Ashton (226 Articles)

MLS and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own.

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