There’s a big London derby this weekend when West Ham United hosts reigning Premier League champions Chelsea at Upton Park on Saturday, October 24. Both teams enter this huge match in surprising positions in the standings since the Hammers occupy fourth place in the 20-team league and Chelsea sits in 12th. Before the season kicked off most fans believed it would be Chelsea in a top-four position and West Ham in the bottom half. However, new manager Slaven Bilic has West Ham playing some good football entering the 10th round of the season.
- bet365 lists Chelsea as the favorites at 19/20 with West Ham 13/5 and a draw also at 13/5
West Ham United vs Chelsea – Head to Head
- West Ham has beaten Chelsea just once in their past 18 meetings with three draws and 14 losses in that stretch. Chelsea won 2-0 at home and 1-0 on the road last season. Chelsea has kept five clean sheets in a row against West Ham in league play with their last goal conceded being back in December of 2012 when they were beaten 3-1. Overall, these teams have met 103 times in the past with Chelsea winning 47, losing 37 and drawing the other 19.
West Ham enters the weekend with 17 points from five wins, two draws and two losses. They’ve scored 20 goals and allowed 12 against. Chelsea has three wins, two draws and four defeats for 11 points with 14 goals scored and 17 conceded. The Blues are coming off of a 0-0 draw in Ukraine against Dynamo Kyiv in the European Champions League on Tuesday. West Ham has four wins and two draws in their past six league outings and Chelsea has two wins, a draw and three defeats.
The Hammer have been unbeatable on the road so far this campaign with four wins and a draw, but unfortunately this game is at home where they’ve been struggling. To top things off, three of the Hammers road triumphs have been over Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool. At home, West Ham has a win, a draw and a pair of defeats.
West Ham leads the league with a 22 per cent goals-to-shots ratio and that’s why Bilic wants to see them shoot whenever they get the chance. They’re ranked second in the league behind Manchester United’s 24 in goals scored. Dimitri Payet has been a bright spot for the team and has created 39 goal scoring chances so far this year to lead the league. He’s also scored five times himself and set up three others. Also, English striker Andy Carroll is finally back in the lineup and gives West Ham a lot of attacking options.
The Hammers have won a pair of London derbies against Crystal Palace and Arsenal this campaign, but they’ve lost their past three at home, dating back to last season. On the other hand, Jose Mourinho has been beaten just five times in 52 London derbies with 36 wins and 11 draws. West Ham enters the game with their best-ever start to a Premier League campaign while this is Chelsea’s worst-ever start.
West Ham will be without the services of defender Winston Reid due to a back injury and winger Victor Moses isn’t allowed to play since he’s on loan at West Ham from Chelsea. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be missing number one goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois of Belgium with a long-term injury and defender Branislav Ivanovic, striker Loic Remy and Pedro are questionable.
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By Ian Palmer