While Chelsea may have to wait to secure their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League, the Blues will turn their attention back to Premier League duties when they welcome West Ham to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
Snatching a 2-2 draw off of Spanish outfit Valencia in midweek, the former champions have continued on what has been a stellar domestic resurge and will open the weekend in fourth after winning six of their last seven top-flight appearances.
On the flip side, while Chelsea might be a team on the rise, Saturday’s guests find themselves in the midst of an extended rut.
Watching Tottenham pick up a 3-2 win at the London Stadium and grab London bragging rights last weekend, West Ham have now lost their last three Premier League matches on the bounce and they have also failed to record a single victory across any format since the 2nd of September.
Sadly for the Hammers, Manuel Pellegrini’s side also suffered a 2-0 loss the last time they made the trip to Stamford Bridge and you might be interested to know that an identical outcome can be found at 8/1 with Bet365 this weekend.
Christian Pulisic’s party continues
Putting in another rollercoaster European performance in their 2-2 draw away at Valencia on Wednesday evening, Frank Lampard’s youthful Chelsea side have continued to attract neutrals from across the country.
Although Chelsea might be continuing to shine in the final third, the former Premier League champions have continued to show some issues at the back.
Shipping a pair of goals in back-to-back matchups against Valencia and Manchester City, they also have recorded just one clean sheet in their last seven matches across all formats. The Blues can be found at 8/13 with Paddy Power to have their defence breached at anytime on Saturday afternoon.
While Lampard would have been disappointed to have seen Tammy Abraham limp off out in Spain on Wednesday, there is no doubt that the former England midfielder will be hugely excited by the on-going success of winger Christian Pulisic.
Finding the net against Valencia on foreign soil in midweek, the USA international has also now bagged five goals in his last four Premier League appearances.
Continuing to enjoy what has been a scintillating purple patch, you might be interested to know that the 21-year-old is pencilled in at 9/5 with Betfair to extend on that tally this weekend.
Where next for Manuel Pellegrini?
Although West Ham may have once again managed to bag two late strikes against Tottenham last weekend, the Hammers have continued on what has been a woeful run of form.
Losing their last three matches on the bounce and failing to win any of their last seven Premier League appearances, Saturday’s guests open the weekend down in 17th and the pressure is really mounting on Head Coach Manuel Pellegrini.
With the more vocal sections of the London Stadium calling for the former Manchester City boss to be removed from his position in the dugout, the 66-year-old can be found pencilled in at 4/1 with Coral to be the next manager given the boot.
A huge part of West Ham’s continued issues, much like the previous two seasons, has been their glaring struggles defensively.
Shipping a trio of goals in each of their last three matches on the bounce, the Claret and Blues are priced at 1/1 with 888sport to once again ship over 2.5 goals at Stamford Bridge.
Elsewhere, the Hammers will be unable to call upon key defender Issa Diop who is serving a one-match suspension this weekend.