West Ham and Chelsea will meet in what could be a potentially explosive London derby at the London Stadium in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.
So far, it has been a tale of frustration for both these clubs. Although they picked up a valuable point in a 1-1 draw away to Newcastle last weekend, the Hammers are just about keeping themselves above the dreaded drop zone.
Whereas Chelsea can’t seem to find any fluency and they are also struggling for goals.
Despite making a positive impression on his debut against Fulham, Enzo Fernandez, was unable to inspire the flailing Blues as they fired blanks once again, this time against Fulham at Stamford Bridge last Friday.
There is no love lost between West Ham and Chelsea, and the game is pivotal for both clubs for different reasons.
We can’t wait to see how this one unfolds, and to ratchet up your excitement levels, we have handpicked a couple of intriguing tips to line your slips with.
West Ham to inject life into their season
For all those connected to West Ham, it has been a dispiriting campaign to say the least.
They have mustered a meagre 18 goals, shipping 26 times, and they are just a point above the drop zone.
Of course, there were some positive signs against Newcastle, and they dug deep after falling behind to an early goal from Callum Wilson. It was just the sixth point the Hammers had claimed on the road this term.
But they will be up for the task facing them against Chelsea, and the Hammers ought not to be daunted.
Under Graham Potter, the Blues have been misfiring, and their draw against Fulham, was the second consecutive game they had failed to hit the target.
Chelsea’s problems in front of goal have been laid bare, and West Ham could well capitalise. I have a hunch that the Hammers will clinch three points, but it might not be a high-scoring affair. Nevertheless, West Ham could win with both teams netting, and this price is available at 6/1 with William Hill.
Chelsea to fluff their lines from the spot
While there has been no disguising the fact that Chelsea have been rather ordinary at times under Potter this term, there have been other stats that don’t make for good reading.
One of them, is that they have only scored two penalties this season. While the departure of Jorginho to Arsenal was met with a mixture of derision and joy, the midfielder was Chelsea’s chief penalty taker.
You wonder who will now assume penalty duties. I may have gone a little left-field with my second pick, but I have gone for a special, which is for Chelsea to be awarded a penalty and to fluff their lines. If you fancy following up on this, the Blues are trading at a cheeky 18/1 with bet365.