Chelsea vs West Ham United (Premier League)By Santhosh Kumar
December 19, 2018
In a week of derbies, there comes another Derby. Not the one with so much stature, but a mean, fought hard Derby. It’s Chelsea vs West Ham United this weekend. A typical London Derby. Never before in the history of this Derby that West ham have an equal chance to win this fixture. It’s purely because of the lackluster season the blues are having this term.
So much of tension, so much negative vibes surrounding Stamford Bridge. It seems glory days at the Bridge are from another era. Huge amounts of critic against the Italian manager. Antonio Conte seems to handle all those in a calm way through. For a man who has brought in an entirely new system of play to the best league in the world and win it his debut season, the media have been kind of harsh on him.
The players though could help him out more. What used be one of the tightest defense and plethora of attacking now Seems lost. Leaking goals from all ends, not converting chances are hurting Chelsea like never before. As they say, there is light at the end of the tunnel, there is still a glimmer of hope for the blues with their main man Alvaro Morata scoring in their last two games. Hope he scores again and gets a win for the Blues.
The Hammers, on the other hand, have won two of the last 5 games and losing heavily on the other 3. West ham sits in 14th place in the table with 33 points. They can still be in danger with a string of poor results. David Moyes has had a stop, start the season so far. Probably the one thing consistent about them is Marko Arnautović. He’s been their main man, scoring well for them. West ham hasn’t done relatively well against their London rivals. They will look to win this time as the Champions are in their most vulnerable state now.
Courtois | Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger | Zappacosta, Kante, Drinkwater, Alonso | Willian, Morata, Hazard.
WEST HAM UNITED: (3-4-3)
Hart | Cresswell, Rice, Ogbonna | Zabaleta, Noble, Kouyaté, Masuaku | Arnautović, Hugill, Màrio.
PREDICTIONS & KICK-OFF TIME:
West Ham has not beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their last 11 trips. This should be a positive for Conte’s men as they look to gather some momentum before an FA Cup semi-final in the coming week. This looks to be a tight game. But I go for a Chelsea win.
Chelsea 2-1 West Ham.
The game kicks off at 4.30pm U.K Time and 9.00pm Indian time. Kevin Friend is the man in the middle for this London Derby.
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