Chelsea vs West Ham preview, betting tips and prediction: Can the Blues bounce back from their Spurs heartbreak?
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Chelsea have not been in the best of form for months, sitting 15th in the form table for 2018 in the Premier League, with just three wins to their name. But the most damaging result came last weekend, when Tottenham came to Stamford Bridge and won for the first time in 28 years. More crucial than that record ending, though, was the fact that Spurs opened up an eight point gap between the two sides, and because they sit in fourth place, Champions League football seems unlikely to be returning to West London next season. And with that, Antonio Conte is fully expected to depart, with yet more change and upheaval set to sweep the outgoing English champions.
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They face another London derby this Sunday, as West Ham make the short hop across the capital. David Moyes’ men have been no strangers to crisis themselves in recent times, recently losing 3-0 at home to Burnley while surrounded by unprecedented fan protests, but if ever a club embodied the idea that one result can transform a mood, it is the Hammers, who seem to be back singing from the same hymn sheet after a comfortable victory over Southampton. Despite everything, though, the shackles may well be off for Chelsea now and we expect them to go all the way to get three points. It will be a somber occasion at Stamford Bridge, though, after the tragic death of former Blues coach and player Ray Wilkins on Wednesday. Take Paddy Power free bets on this game.
As mentioned above, Chelsea are sitting abnormally low in the form table for this calendar year, and that defeat to Spurs has compounded their misery.
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West Ham went into the game with Southampton having lost their last three games by three goals and sat just one place above the drop zone. Fortunately for them, things are looking a lot rosier right now.
Andy Carroll and Ross Barkley will be missing for their respective teams this weekend.