Chelsea v West Ham Betting Tips & Predictions

Chelsea are odds-on favourites in the betting for the visit of West Ham on Saturday, despite winning just two of their first five league matches.

As expected, Chelsea were active on transfer deadline day, adding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria. Aubameyang is unavailable for a while with a broken jaw, while Zakaria is waiting on a work permit.

Reece James is available for the hosts, however, and Wesley Fofana is in line for his debut.

West Ham brought an end to their losing start with a win over Aston Villa last weekend, which they followed up with a draw against Tottenham.

Winner: Chelsea

7/12 (SportNation)

Chelsea’s struggles have been on the road so far. Thomas Tuchel’s team outplayed Tottenham at Stamford Bridge a few weeks ago, and were unfortunate to draw the match. Despite playing with 10 men for over an hour, they beat Leicester 2-1 in their previous home match. 

West Ham have lost on three of their last four trips to Stamford Bridge, and have scored just once in that time. 

While Chelsea haven’t played well of late, they should be more comfortable at home. The return of Conor Gallagher from suspension gives Tuchel another option in midfield, which will help to balance the side with N’Golo Kante still out. 

First Team Booking: Chelsea

11/10 (Sporting Index)

Chelsea have only been shown eight yellows so far this season, but they have also had two players sent off. There have been some rash challenges from Chelsea players amid defensive struggles, and they are at risk of committing tactical fouls to stop counters against this West Ham side. 

The Blues have often been ineffective in possession, which won’t force the Hammers into challenges. David Moyes’ side have been very disciplined thus far too, receiving just five bookings across five matches.

Clean Sheet: Chelsea 

13/10 (Coral)

West Ham have scored twice in five matches. Gianluca Scamacca was left out in midweek, and while Lucas Paqueta should get his first start for the club, the Hammers are lacking goal-scoring punch to take advantage of a reshaped Chelsea defence.

Only four teams have fewer expected goals than West Ham so far. Some of that can be attributed to a tough schedule, but they are also looking short on ideas in possession at times.

With Chelsea keeping a clean sheet in three of four against West Ham at Stamford Bridge, this represents decent value. 

All odds are subject to change

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