West Ham United – Chelsea 4th March Match Preview
West ham are going through the most up-and-down part of their season so far after a first half where they looked like European contenders. After a resounding 3-1 home defeat to lowly Crystal Palace on Saturday, they are now without a win in 5 games and have fallen to 9th in the table. The Hammers are still without Carlton Cole, Andy Carroll and Morgan Amalfitano, so manager Sam Allardyce could look to change things up offering Nene his chance of making his full debut. Chelsea arrive in Upton Park immediately after the joy and celebrations of a triumphant trip to Wembley on Sunday. The Blues will be hoping to maintain their 5 point lead at the top of the Premier League and retain the chance to extend that to 8 when they get their chance to recover their game in hand. It won’t be easy here, but they should manage another hard fought win. Chelsea remain only without defensive midfielders Nemanja Matic and Jon Obi Mikel and after Kurt Zouma put in an impressive performance in front of the defence at Wembley on Sunday, he could continue in that position with the likes of Oscar, Filipe Luis and Juan Cuadrado who should all come in to the starting XI.
Our sports betting expert sees this one as victory for the away team even if the Champagne may have had it’s effect!
Our Probable Formations:
West Ham (126.96.36.199) Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell, Noble, Song, Kouyaté, Downing, Nene and Sakho.
Chelsea (188.8.131.52) Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Luis, Fabregas, Zouma, Cuadrado, Oscar, Hazard and Costa.
BetAdvisor Top Football Betting Tips:
West Ham have failed to win 9 of their last 10 matches in the Premier League.
West Ham have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 home matches against Chelsea in all competitions.
A professional betting tip suggests there have been over 2.5 goals scored in Chelsea’s last 3 away games in the Premier League.
Chelsea are undefeated in their last 6 matches in the Premier League.
Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 away matches in the Premier League.
Chelsea are undefeated in 17 of their last 18 matches against West Ham in all competitions.
Chelsea have been winning at both half time and full time in 5 of their last 7 matches against West Ham in all competitions.
Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 matches against West Ham in all competitions.