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Chelsea have the chance to go back into the top four of the Premier League. Three points will take them above Tottenham and also above Arsenal if they fail to win at Everton on Sunday. West Ham United are 11th in the league and five points behind Leicester City in seventh, so they could yet get into the Europa League next season.
Back in the day if you finished third or fourth in the top-flight and a long way behind the leaders, your season was a failure. Not so, these days and if Chelsea were to finish fourth there’d be wild celebrations and not just by their accountants. It’d mean they qualify for the Champions League but even that might not save their boss from the sack. Maurizio Sarri is currently 6/4 (2.5) at Betfair to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job.
At the time of writing this preview, Chelsea are fifth in the Premier League. They are behind Arsenal on goal difference and a point behind third-placed Tottenham with the Gunners having a game in hand. Tottenham don’t play this weekend so a home win here will take Sarri’s team back into the top four. They are 7/4 (2.75) at BetVictor to finish the season in the Champions League places.
Chelsea have won their last two league games with victories over Cardiff City and Brighton and Hove Albion. If they can win this game, it’ll be the first time since September that they have had three successive wins in the Premier League. You can get odds of 1/3 (1.33) at Unibet on them beating West Ham on Monday.
Their home form is going to be important in the closing weeks of the season as they still have to travel to Anfield and Old Trafford. They are unbeaten in their last six at Stamford Bridge and won three of the last four. The goals are flowing too with 13 scored in the last five home league games.
West Ham United have had their usual inconsistent season and are 11th in the table. There are no relegation worries and still a chance of European football next season. A win at Stamford Bridge will take them to within two points of the seventh place that could bring Europa League football next season.
The Hammers have had some big wins this season beating both Arsenal and Manchester United. There have been a fair few lows too though including an FA Cup loss at AFC Wimbledon during a horrible spell in January that saw them concede nine goals in three games.
It’s their away form that has prevented West Ham from climbing higher in the table this season. They have only had four away league wins and you can get odds of 10/1 (11.0) at Coral on them winning this match on Monday evening to boost those Europa League qualification hopes.
Their current form is a sequence of WLWLWL so if that carries on, then they will win this match. Sequences are made to be broken though aren’t they? The sequence they have for away league games doesn’t inspire much confidence of an away win here, and wait til you see the head-to-head figures.
West Ham have gone six away league games without a sniff of a win. Five have been lost and the only point earned was at Crystal Palace at the start of February. It looks like there might be a lot more transfer spending needed before they are ready to have a more consistent season.
West Ham United haven’t beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since 2002. 13 games have been played since then without a Chelsea defeat. The last three games played between these two teams have all had under 2.5 goals scored in them. It’s 6/4 (2.5) at Bet365 that this game makes it four in a row. Both of the last two games played between Chelsea and West Ham have ended all-square. You can get odds of 24/5 (5.8) at William Hill that this game is a draw.
Chelsea have doubts over Marco Alonso and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. West Ham have doubts over Felipe Anderson, Ryan Fredericks and Sami Nasri.
Chelsea are proving difficult to beat at Stamford Bridge, while West Ham continue to struggle on their travels. A bet on Chelsea to win in a game with over 1.5 goals is 4/9 (1.44) at Ladbrokes.