By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 19th October 2018
West Ham will host Chelsea at the London Stadium on Sunday, with the Hammers looking to clinch their second win of the season. Meanwhile, Mauricio Sarri’s men will be looking to continue their winning streak, with the game being aired on Sky Sports Premier League channel.
West Ham vs Chelsea: Odds and predictions
The Hammers are tipped 24/5 favourites as part of William Hill’s West Ham vs Chelsea odds, with the Blues betting at 52/100, and a potential draw on the cards trading at 17/5.
Despite having to make the trek from North London to East London, Sarri’s side still possess attacking outlets to win the derby and break West Ham’s bubble of hope, making them our pick to win in our West Ham vs Chelsea predictions.
At the centre of all their attacking play is none other than Eden Hazard. The Belgian has either scored or assisted a goal in each of hid last five Premier League appearances, yet has never done so in six consecutive games.
He has been tipped to score, with odds of 7/2, and considering his shooting accuracy and dribbling abilities, this seems to be easy money.
Yet West Ham too possess attacking threats in Marko Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson. Ex-United striker Javier Hernandez could also pose a risk coming off the bench, and has been predicted to score with odds of 7/1.
Chicharito is a fiend in front of goal and if given the chance and right delivery, he will surely score, making him our pick to cause Chelsea defensive issues.
West Ham vs Chelsea predictions: Head to head
In previous seasons Chelsea have trumped West Ham both home and away, but after a 1-0 win against the Blues last December, Pellegrini’s side look to be on the up.
If this break in cycle is anything to go by, then maybe West Ham will mimic their performance against Everton and surprise us with a shock upset.
West Ham vs Chelsea betting tips: Prediction, best bet and scorer
Predicted score: chelsea to win 2-1, with odds of 7/1
Chelsea might be limited in their scoring if West Ham revert to a back five when countered by Hazard and co, so they will need to take all the chances they get in front of goal.
We’re tipping Sarri’s men to edge what should be a close game through the sheer talent they possess up front in Pedro, Alvaro Morata and co.
Yet if West Ham are to take anything away from the game, they will need to contain and nullify Chelsea’s attacking stars, and key to that will be Mark Noble and Jack Wilshere.
But the odds don’t seem to be West Ham’s favours, and they will have to graft to prevent a third consecutive defeat at home from occuring.
Predicted scorer: Arnautovic to score first is at 13/2
The Austrian has been directly involved in 80% of West Ham’s five Premier League goals this season, with three goals and one assist to his name, and if the Hammers are to halt Chelsea in their wining streak then he will need to be at peak efficiency.
His strength on the ball, and shooting ability has seen him become West Ham’s best player, and this ability has earned him to become our pick for the West Ham vs Chelsea predictions.
Total number of goals: 4 goals scored, with odds at 19/5
West Ham ended a 11-game run of conceding against Chelsea at home in the league when they won 1-0 in December, but since then, they have been unable to keep clean sheets against the Blues.
Given the attacking prowess that both Manuel Peligrini’s side and Chelsea possess, betting tipsters have predicted a total number of four goals to be scored as part of our West Ham vs Chelsea predictions.
Combining this pre-match verdict with the defensive instability present in West Ham’s central midfield and defence and goals will be scored in abundance.
West Ham vs Chelsea: Opta stats
- Only Arsenal (121) have won more Premier League London derbies than Chelsea (123)
- West Ham have lost both of their Premier League games at the London stadium in the 2018/19 season- they’ve never lost all three of their opening home games in a season before
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.