West Ham United vs Chelsea Match Preview
West Ham vs Chelsea predictions for Wednesday's Premier League game at the London Stadium. In form Chelsea are favourites to triumph in this capital clash. Read on for all our free Premier League predictions and betting tips.
Reason For West Ham United vs Chelsea Predictions
West Ham lost eight of their last 11 Premier League matches.
The Irons failed to score in each of their last three games.
Chelsea won 100% of their last five fixtures in all competitions.
The Blues lost just one of their last seven league games on the road.
Relegation fears heighten for West Ham
Ahead of the London derby on Wednesday, local rivals West Ham and Chelsea could hardly be in more contrasting shape in terms of form and confidence.
With just one win in 10 games in all competitions, the Irons had been in miserable form ahead of March's postponement, and it's been more of the same for the Hammers' expensively assembled bunch of misfits since the campaign's restart, with successive defeats to nil in their first two matches back in the saddle.
West Ham's 2-0 losses to Wolves and Tottenham respectively, pushed their search for a Premier League goal to three games, and further blotted a dismal record that now reads eight defeats in 11 top-flight assignments since January.
By some miracle, the ailing Irons are still keeping their heads above water in 17 th place, though with goal difference separating West Ham from 19 th placed Aston Villa, relegation remains a real possibility this term.
Chelsea's winning streak
Chelsea meanwhile, booked their passage to the FA Cup semi finals with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in their last outing - a victory that was their fifth on the spin in all competitions.
With third spot in the Premier League within reach and the chance to finish the campaign with some silverware, it's shaping up to be a very productive first season in the Stamford Bridge dugout for Frank Lampard.
The Blues, who have taken the same number of points on the road home and away this term, remain one of the divisions most potent forces on the road, and powered by the momentum from their recent winning streak, Chelsea will expect to keep the positive results coming this week.
Chelsea favourites to triumph
With a string of three Project Restart victories behind them, Chelsea look excellent value to maintain their winning surge at West Ham's expense on Wednesday.
The Hammers continue to look completely out of sorts under David Moyes, and in truth, the Scot has squeezed an alarmingly little amount out of a talented group of players during his stint at the London Stadium.
West Ham's wins over Bournemouth and Southampton in February and January respectively, remain their only Premier League triumphs in 12 assignments since the turn of the year, and their run of five defeats in their last six suggests they lack the quality and confidence to offer in-form Chelsea any resistance this week.
Chelsea, embroiled in an intense battle for a top-four finish, will be determined to avoid any slip ups on Wednesday, and with their squad injected with a double-dose of self-belief following confidence building wins over Manchester City and Leicester, they should be able to over-power their hosts.
The Irons, who failed to register in each of their last three Premier League fixtures, look desperately short of cutting edge at present, and we're tipping Chelsea, who scored exactly two goals in four of their last five away fixtures, to run out comfortable 2-0 winners in our correct score prediction for Wednesday.
Key Battle: Declan Rice vs Mason Mount
Close friends Declan Rice and Mason Mount forged a tight bond during their time together in Chelsea's academy ranks before Rice was released by the Blues in his early teens.
On Wednesday, the young England internationals could go toe-to-toe in the same midfield battleground at the London Stadium, and the outcome of their head-to-head duel could have a major impact on the outcome of the game itself.
With a more defensive remit, Rice will attempt to limit the creative advances of Mount in the final third, as the Chelsea schemer aims to pass holes in the Hammers' defence.
West Ham vs Chelsea team news
Robert Snodgrass looks set to miss out on Wednesday with a back problem, though Angelo Ogbonna makes a welcome return to fitness at the back.
Arthur Masuaku and Sebastien Haller are alos hoping to be fit enough to feature, while attack minded pair Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson are also pushing to start.
West Ham predicted line-up: Fabianksi - Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell - Rice, Bowen, Noble, Fornals, Anderson - Antonio
With Fikayo Tomori and Andreas Christensen nursing complaints, Kurt Zouma should start alongside Antonio Rudiger at centre half again.
In-form winger Christian Pulisic was forced off on Sunday against Leicester and could miss out, though goal-scoring hero Ross Barkley could be drafted in to replace him after his FA Cup heroics.
Elsewhere, Frank Lampard could opt for Olivier Giroud over the misfiring youngster Tammy Abraham up front.
Chelsea predicted line-up: Arrizabalaga - Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso - Jorginho, Barkley, Kovacic, Willian, Mount, Giroud