West Ham v Chelsea Tips – More woe for Blues
West Ham can extend their unbeaten Premier League run to seven games this weekend
October 23rd, 2015
We can’t remember a time when the Hammers faithful had the right to be so confident ahead of each match, however the current success they are enjoying under there leadership of Slaven Bilic is such that not even the visit of reigning champions Chelsea is of too much concern.
The Hammers sit comfortably in fourth position just four points behind Manchester City in top spot and perhaps the only disappointing thing about this match is that it is at Upton Park as opposed to on the road where West Ham have been enjoying so many of their memorable victories.
A fourth successive away win was clinched at Selhurst Park last weekend, the Hammers leaving with a 3-1 victory under their belts. As such, confidence will be sky-high heading into this weekend’s clash.
In previous seasons it has usually been safety first for West Ham, however under the stewardship of Bilic a different approach has been adopted which appears to suit the side and the current belief is that they can possibly stay the course near the top of the table throughout the rest of the season.
Indeed, with wins already over Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool, the Hammers won’t be fearful of the challenge which Chelsea present and another win would certainly convince any doubters that a finish in the top six isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.
Things aren’t quite so good over at Chelsea. They were still far from their best when they secured their third win of the season against Aston Villa last weekend, although there were many positives to be taken from that match and the Stamford Bridge faithful will be hopeful that a corner has been turned at last.
Diego Costa’s return from suspension was pivotal in last weekend’s win and Cesc Fabregas’ performance was much improved. Much focus has been placed on a player who remained on the bench in the midweek 0-0 draw against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League, Eden Hazard being urged by Jose Mourinho to step up his game.
Indeed, the player’s recent dip in form coincides with what has been a very disappointing start for the reigning champions. Coincidence? We think not, given that the Blues clearly rely heavily on Hazard and they certainly lack the cutting edge when the Belgian isn’t at his best.
All in all, West Ham will be in very high spirits heading into this clash and the Upton Park faithful will be desperate to improve upon their poor record against their West London rivals in recent campaigns. Indeed, the Hammers fully deserve to be in the position they are, however most of their success has been away from home and they will be under huge pressure to perform at their best on Saturday. Chelsea will also be feeling the pressure as they struggle to move up the table slowly, however they will be severely put to the test on Saturday and we feel that the pressure won’t be eased from Mourinho’s shoulders at the final whistle.
BETTING TIPS – West Ham to win – Paddy Power 3/1