Premier League Betting: West Ham v Chelsea - Fan v Fan Preview



West Ham perspective

Team news

Mark Noble missed the midweek defeat to Manchester United, but is likely to return for the visit of Chelsea. Left-back George McCartney and striker Andy Carroll are both doubts, while Yossi Benayoun is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Form

Defeats to Spurs and Man United have taken a bit of the shine off the Hammers' bright start to the season, but they can be pleased with their league position (10th) at this stage. Sam Allardyce's side make life difficult for the so-called big teams, and we're likely to see a hard-fought game at Upton Park.

Head-to-head

West Ham have a dire record against Chelsea, failing to win since 2003. Chelsea have won 11 times in the nine years since, indicating the difficulty of the task facing Allardyce's men.

Best bets

Kevin Nolan to score at 4.25. The midfielder may not be everyone's cup of tea, but you can't deny his effectiveness.

Chelsea/draw HT/FT at 16.00. I can see Chelsea enjoying a strong start, but I think we'll peg them back in the second half.

Both teams to score at 1.75. This won't be a goal fest, but both teams will certainly fancy registering.

Score prediction: West Ham 1-1 Chelsea (6.75)

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Chelsea perspective
: Andy Seaby, Chelsea Daft.

Team news

Rafa Benitez is again without the three players that missed the goalless draws against Manchester City and Fulham due to injury: John Terry, Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge are set to miss the trip to east London. David Luiz picked up his fifth yellow card of the season and misses the game tomorrow as he serves his one match suspension. Benitez has used 15 players in his two games in charge, and Gary Cahill will be his 16th as he comes in to replace Luiz. Other than that, I expect Mikel and Juan Mata to come back into the side to replace Romeu and Ryan Bertrand.

Form

Benitez has sorted out Chelsea's defensive shape as a priority. We had not kept a clean sheet for ten games before he took over from Roberto Di Matteo; now we have kept two in his first two games in charge. Going forward, Chelsea have been disappointing to say the least, with the focus once again on Fernando Torres. Torres has now played over ten hours of football without scoring. We really need to improve if we are to have any hope of clinging on to the coat tails of United and City. In saying that, we are eight points better off this season than we were in corresponding weekend of Premier League fixtures last season.

Head-to-head
 
West Ham haven't stopped Chelsea scoring in our previous 13 league meetings. We are also unbeaten in the last 13 games against West Ham, winning 11 and drawing two. Chelsea beat West Ham 3-1 last time out, and I would bite your hand off for the same result tomorrow.
 
Best bets

Chelsea clean sheet at 2.65. This is an obvious pick given our last two games and those odds.

Fernando Torres to score first at 6.25. He simply has to come good at some stage, and I think this could be his weekend.

Under 1.5 goals at 3.50. West Ham usually set up tp defend against the bigger sides, so this could be a low-scoring affair.

Score prediction: West Ham 0-1 Chelsea (7.75)

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