West Ham v Chelsea Betting Tips
West Ham came within 45 minutes of pulling off the surprise of the season on Sunday.
The Irons showed a level of a defensive organisation they’d not displayed for years against Manchester City and went into the break with a 1-0 lead thanks to an Angelo Ogbonna header.
In the end, a combination of tired legs in the West Ham ranks and the brilliance of Man City’s creative players meant David Moyes’ side had nothing to show for all their hard work.
Moyes now has only one point to show from his first four games in charge of West Ham and it’s not about to get any easier for him as the current champions, Chelsea, visit the London Stadium early on Saturday afternoon.
Chelsea’s Quality to Ensure Another Blow to Moyes’ Men
The defeat against Man City engendered a strange sense of optimism around the West Ham fans. They’ve seen so much dross this season that a battling performance, even in defeat, was taken as a positive.
But it points the Irons need to avoid relegation and we don’t think they’ll end up with any on Saturday.
Last season it was a 3-0 defeat against Arsenal that prompted Antonio Conte to make changes to the way he set his Chelsea team up. Almost exactly 12 months on and it was the Blues’ 3-0 humbling at the hands of Roma that prompted another, less drastic change.
Conte decided to put another body in midfield to both free up Cesc Fabregas to pull the strings and to get Eden Hazard up close with Alvaro Morata.
The Blues are now finding it easier to control games and the partnership between Morata and Hazard is getting stronger and stronger.
West Ham should be able to frustrate Chelsea for large spells but the extra quality available to Conte and the fragile mentality of the West Ham players means we’re expecting an away win at 1/2 with Ladbrokes.
If you’re looking for a bigger win from what should be a narrow Chelsea win, back them to win by one goal at 5/2 with Boylesports.
Tired Legs to Make the Difference
West Ham’s defensive shape and work rate against Man City was impressive but it certainly took its toll on their players’ stamina.
They’ve been criticised for a lack of fitness already this season and while Moyes is working his players hard, it’s not the sort of thing that comes quickly, especially in such a busy spell of matches.
Chelsea have played more football than West Ham due to their Champions League commitments but they were able to play at a slower tempo in the closing stages of their match against Newcastle last weekend and are used to the rhythm of midweek-weekend football.
Chelsea also have quality options off the bench who can change a game so a bet on the Blues scoring over 1.5 second-half goals should pay out at 11/5 with Betfair.
When it comes to those options off the bench, Michy Batshuayi offers more pace and goal threat than most.
The Belgian would prefer to be starting matches but now he’s back to full fitness he’ll settle with a chance to shine later on. Against a tired West Ham defence, Batshuayi could well pounce so back him to score the game’s last goal at 7/2 with Coral.
As for a potential West Ham goalscorer, Michail Antonio looks tempting at 19/4 with 888Sport.
The powerful winger caused Man City problems when balls were played for him to chase in behind and he should get a chance or two against Chelsea.
Top Betting Offers
Chelsea to win at 1/2 with Ladbrokes
Chelsea to win by one goal at 5/2 with Boylesports
Chelsea to score over 1.5 second-half goals at 11/5 with Betfair
Michy Batshuayi to score last at 7/2 with Coral
Michail Antonio to score at 19/4 with 888Sport