By William Hill
Last Updated: 29th November 2019
Chelsea welcome West Ham to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in one of the Premier League’s highlights this weekend. We preview the London derby.
Chelsea defence to leave Hammers feeling Blue
West Ham’s away support is one of the most loyal in English football. Unfortunately for them, they have seen just two away goals netted in their previous five games – both against Bournemouth.
Everton, Burnley and Aston Villa have all kept manager Manuel Pellegrini’s side out in games since September, as did League One Oxford United, who knocked them out of the Carabao Cup with a 4-0 home win.
Those dedicated away fans will once again pack out the away end behind the goal. But having also scored just once against Chelsea in three attempts, they are unlikely to have too much to celebrate.
With Chelsea in full flight under Frank Lampard, having won their previous three home league games 2-0, 1-0 and 2-0, and Pellegrini’s men losing five of their last six, back the hosts to win to nil at 11/8.
Pulisic can celebrate Thanksgiving with a goal
With top scorer Tammy Abraham an injury doubt for Chelsea, all eyes turn to alternative goalscorers and it’s difficult to look anywhere but in the direction of Christian Pulisic.
The United States-born attacker endured a slow start to life in west London but has since found his eye for goal, netting six in his previous seven games, including a hat-trick away against Burnley.
He is 7/2 to score the first goal and he could follow in the footsteps of Eden Hazard, who danced through the West Ham defence last season at Stamford Bridge when the Blues won 2-0.
Might not end well for Pellegrini
Arsenal finally swung the axe on Unai Emery on Friday morning and now it looks a straight battle between Manuel Pellegrini and Marco Silva as to who is the next to have their tenures cut short.
Only a point separates West Ham and Everton in the table and with both being the most expensively assembled squads in their respective histories, it’s no surprise to see doubts around their performance linger.
Life couldn’t be much more difficult going into the weekend’s fixtures with Everton heading to second-in-the-table Leicester and West Ham of course making the short trip to west London.
Defeat may prove to be the end for both bosses this weekend but, with Everton not playing until Sunday, the 4/1 on Pellegrini to be the next sacked manager could prove value with Silva the 10/11 favourite.