Booking their spot in the semi-final of this year’s FA Cup, Chelsea will be looking to move one step closer to another top-four finish when they make the trip across London to a struggling West Ham on Wednesday night.
Picking up a 1-0 win at the King Power over the weekend, the Blues find the mood in their camp at a continued high after what has been a hugely exciting return from the enforced break.
On the flip side, while Chelsea might still be boosted by a stunning 2-1 win against Manchester City in West London last week, the Hammers find themselves in the midst of a growing crisis.
Hit with a 2-0 loss away at Spurs last time out, West Ham have been hit with back-to-back defeats since making a return to action and find only their goal difference keeping them out of the drop zone.
However, you might be interested to know, with the Hammers picking up a 1-0 win when they made the trip to Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, the previous meeting between the two sides famously produce few chances.
With each of the last five matchups between the London rivals producing under 2.5 goals by the final whistle, a similar outcome in midweek can be found priced at 11/10 with Coral.
The East London crisis
Putting in another torrid second-half display against Spurs last week and hit with another 2-0 defeat, West Ham find themselves in the midst of a woeful run of form.
Despite breaking the bank last summer, the Hammers are firmly at the heart of a relegation scrap and have now lost five of their last six Premier League appearances and only their goal difference is keeping them out the bottom-three.
Recording just a single victory since New Year’s Day and the pressure really starting to pile on David Moyes’ shoulders, the former Manchester United boss will be most concerned by his side’s recent issues in the final third.
Failing to record a strike since returning to action and only mustering a single shot on target in their back-to-back June defeats, West Ham have now drawn three blanks on the bounce.
Even more worrying for Wednesday’s hosts, they have failed to record a top-flight goal in over 300 minutes of action and are enduring their worst attacking rut of the season so far.
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Chelsea flying high
Putting in an eye-catching second-half display at the King Power on Sunday afternoon and booking their spot in the semi-final of this year’s FA Cup, Frank Lampard’s youngsters have really laid down a marker since return from the enforced break.
Handing Liverpool their first Premier League title after picking up a stunning 2-1 win against Manchester City last week, the former champions now sit within touching distance of leapfrogging Leicester to third.
Winning each of their last five matchups across all competitions and already bringing in the likes of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech in preparation for next season, the former England midfielder will be most impressed by his side’s recent displays in the final third.
Including picking up a thumping 4-0 win against Everton prior to the break, Chelsea have now bagged at least a pair of strikes in all bar one of their last eight Premier League appearances.
Along with bagging a brace against Pep Guardiola’s now-former champions last week, Wednesday’s guests have also scored over 1.5 goals against the likes of Leicester, Arsenal and Tottenham on that free-scoring run.
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