Manuel Pellegrini saw his West Ham team win for the first time on his birthday, although the Chilean won’t have been pleased with Lucas Perez who seemed to react in a petulant manner after being told he would not be appearing as a sub.
One of the big issues with this West Ham squad is that there are a lot of feisty characters within the ranks, with Michail Antonio, Marko Arnautovic and Mark Noble among those likely to cause a few ruptures, although they played well at Goodison Park to win 3-1.
Andriy Yarmolenko rewarded his manager’s faith with two goals against the Toffees although it was the forward play of Arnautovic which really shone, along with the midfield performance of Declan Rice.
Hammers Look to Bounce Back
The Hammers will now look to break their duck for the season at the London Stadium after defeats against Bournemouth and Wolves. They actually took the lead against the Cherries before losing, while the latter game appeared to be heading towards a goalless draw before a late Wanderers winner.
This looks a tough assignment against a Chelsea side who have claimed five successive wins, even if Huddersfield, Arsenal, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Cardiff do not represent their toughest opponents.
Three of those teams might end up being relegated although there has been lots to like about a team who have scored eleven times and it’s hard to see them failing to find the net in this London derby.
Eden Hazard is in sublime form and looks to be happier than ever before in a Chelsea shirt thanks to the faith put in him by a manager claiming that his man could be the “best in Europe”.
Olivier Giroud helped France to win the World Cup and he could be wearing a Premier League winners’ medal come the end of this current season thanks to his forward play, while Chelsea enjoy playing a back four which allows Marcos Alonso to push forward and effectively become the left-winger for the team.
Chelsea Will Attack Hard
West Ham won’t be able to sit back and soak up pressure in this game and might be able to hold Chelsea to the game being level at the interval although it’s hard to see how they can stay the pace for ninety minutes.
Arnautovic might not be 100% after sustaining some kind of calf tear against Everton, with Felipe Anderson and Yarmolenko likely to get some joy in behind the full-backs, although it’s the centre of midfield where Pedro Obiang and Rice will have to work hard.
N’Golo Kante will relish these type of games along with Jorginho, with all the attacking play likely to go through Hazard who will be encouraged to face a team who conceded four against Liverpool and three against Arsenal. Check out the Draw HT Chelsea FT option listed at 10/3 with Bet365.