West Ham vs Chelsea preview, betting tips and prediction: Blues to edge past battling Hammers

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It seems the gap between the top six in the Premier League and everybody else is growing by the week. West Ham have found out how hard it is to take any points from them, despite getting so close to grabbing a point at Manchester City last week. Not only does it require hard work to shake these sides, but also tactical sophistication and of course talent. The Hammers took the lead at the Etihad Stadium by pressing high and shutting off the route out wide, but eventually they began to stand off, allowing City to pounce twice. It was the exact same story during Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard was spectacular last week, netting twice to down the Magpies. West Ham must close him down at every turn because he will hurt them otherwise. Chelsea are not the kind of team to hit six or seven past anyone, but it is very tough to back David Moyes’ side in this one because it is impossible to know which West Ham will show up at the London Stadium.

Form 

Chelsea’s season looked as though it was unravelling before their very eyes when they lost 3-0 at Roma in the Champions League. But seven games have past and they are yet to be beaten since. They managed to get through in Europe but only in second place, behind Roma, meaning they are likely to face a tough draw in the last 16. Hazard and Morata both scored last week and really look to be clicking with one another, but the Blues remain nine points off Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

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As mentioned above, it is tough to know which West Ham will turn up for this game because they have been so inconsistent, even in the few weeks that Moyes has been in charge. Against Watford and Everton away particularly, they looked slow, disorganised and uninterested, but there was hope bred after a draw at home to Leicester and that narrow defeat at City. They have been criticised for not being fit enough and that may have shown late on last week. That won’t fill them with confidence when facing a team as intense as Antonio Conte’s.

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Neither Chelsea nor West Ham have any major injury worries coming into this game, but the Blues are still without David Luiz. The Brazilian defender has not featured since the defeat to Roma, and while he was originally dropped, he has picked up an injury. Luckily for Chelsea, Andreas Christensen has deputised brilliantly since.

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Andy Carroll has been missing for a while under Moyes and he is unlikely to play, which is a huge blow for West Ham. Michail Antonio may play up front alongside Javier Hernandez in his absence. Joe Hart will return after being unable to play against parent club Manchester City last week.

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