West Ham v Chelsea
Saturday, Dec 9 – 12:30pm
West Ham suffered a 2-1 loss to Man City on Sunday, with City needing a late goal from David Silva to take all three-points from the Hammers. David Moyes has now lost three of his first four games in charge of the East London club, and has a tricky run of fixtures between now and Christmas. The Hammers start the weekend 19th in the Premier League table, but a win tomorrow could see them leapfrog 18th placed Crystal Palace.
Chelsea followed their hard-fought 1-0 win over Swansea a fortnight ago, with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge. Winger Eden Hazard scored a brace in the match, and has now netted five times in 12 league appearances this season. A win tomorrow would see Chelsea move level with second-placed Manchester United, who host league leaders Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- The Hammers have only won two of their last 22 matches against Chelsea in the Premier League (D4 L16). West Ham lost both matches against their London rivals last season with an aggregate score of 4-2.
- Chelsea have lost three times over their last six matches with the Hammers in all competitions (W3 D0), losing their League Cup fixture at the London Stadium last season.
- Four of Chelsea’s eight Premier League defeats under Antonio Conte have come against London-based clubs, losing against Spurs, Arsenal, and twice against Crystal Palace.
- West Ham have now gone eight Premier League matches without a win (D3 L5) – their worst run of results since December 2015.
- In fact, the Hammers are currently experiencing their third worst start to a league campaign, taking just 10 points from their 15 league games this season.
- David Moyes is facing his 41st start as a manager in charge of a club in the relegation zone – a new Premier League record.
- Moyes has claimed four victories in his last five matches against the reigning champions of the Premier League, and has won three matches against Premier League title holders with Italian managers (Claudio Ranieri, Roberto Mancini, and Carlo Ancelotti).
- Eden Hazard has played a part in seven goals over his last eight matches against West Ham (four goals, three assists).
- Alvaro Morata has now had a hand in 13 Premier League goals for Chelsea over his last 14 games (nine goals, four assists).
- Manuel Lanzini has scored 15 Premier League goals for the Hammers against London clubs, and netted in his last two matches against Chelsea.
It’s been a difficult start to life at the London Stadium for David Moyes, and with matches against Arsenal and Stoke City on the horizon, the Hammers may find points hard to come by over the next few weeks. That said, West Ham played well against City last week, and almost held on for the draw. Having dropped points at Anfield, this is a must-win for Antonio Conte. Chelsea have a great opportunity to gain ground on the Manchester clubs, and with Eden Hazard in such fine form they should win this one comfortably.