Chelsea vs West Ham: Preview and Prediction

Chelsea vs West Ham
England – Premier League
Date: Monday, 15 August, 2016
Kick-off: 20:00 UK.
Venue: Stamford Bridge.

New looking Chelsea, lock horns with West Ham for their first game of the 2016/2017 season.

Chelsea will be kick starting their season with a hope of redeeming lost virtue and fear they name possess. The blues had a drama filled 2015/2016 season, and finished 10th on the English premier league table. Chelsea appointed former Juventus boss and Azzurri gaffer as their new coach, who replaces Interim boss Guus Hiddink.

West Ham had one great season in 2015/2016. Slaven Bilic set a club record of Highest number of point in the league(62 points), and highest number of goals scored in a season(65 goals). The hammers finished 7th on the log in 2015/2016 and have shown their intent going into the next season by adding top player to their ranks and keeping their show man ‘Dimitri Payet” amidst several transfer saga.

Chelsea vs West Ham: Key Facts

  • Chelsea drew 4 of their last 5 league games at home, and lost 1
  • Chelsea are currently on 2 games winning streak
  • West Ham won 2 of their last 5 league games away, drew 2, and lost 1
  • West Ham have won 3 of their last 5 games, and lost 2

Chelsea: Team News

Chelsea have made two new signing going into the new season. The London club brought in French international “Ngolo Kante” and Belgium international “Michy Batshuayi” for a combined fee of £65.2m.

In addition, John Terry produced an Injury scare in Chelsea pre-season clash with Werder Bremen. The blues captain was substituted quickly by Conte before any further damage was done.

Chelsea: Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1)

Courtois: Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta: Kante, Matic – Willian, Fabregas, Hazard: Costa

West Ham: Team News

West Ham added 9 fresh legs to their squad going into the new season. Big names like Feghouli, and their biggest buy of the season Andre Ayew joined the already effective midfield.

However, new boy ‘Manuel Lazini” suffered a knee injury during a pre-tournament warm up with is Argentina U-23 Olympic team. He will be out for action for at least four weeks.

West Ham: Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1)

Adrian: Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Byram: Cullen, Nordtveit – Payet, Feghouli, Valencia: Carroll

Chelsea vs West Ham: Head to Head

When the Hammers last visited the Bridge they walked away with a 2-2 result. But they had defeated Chelsea in the reverse leg at their home by a 2-1 margin.

Moreover, the best result West Ham have gotten in their last 10 visit to Stamford Bridge is a draw. Chelsea won 7 out of the 10 times theses two sides lock horns at the bridge, with 3 ending in draw.

Chelsea vs West Ham: Prediction

Chelsea great form at home against their Monday visitors gives the fans a 95% hope of Victory. Conte’s men have also picked up pace, understanding, and performance under the Italian manager by winning their last 2 pre-season games against Werder Bremen & Ac Milan convincingly.

Moreover, considering both sides performance in pre-season game, it will be safe to say Chelsea has a bigger chance of getting the maximum point, compared to West Ham.

Therefore, I will predict a Straight win for Chelsea.

Chelsea vs West Ham: Tips

  1. Both teams to Score
  2. Chelsea to win

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