Antonio Conte’s charges could re-establish a commanding 10 point advantage at the top of the table with victory here and the team from west London will certainly not come into the clash at London Stadium bereft of belief.
The Blues have lost just one of their last 20 Premier League matches and they are chalked up as Betfair Sportsbook’s 6/10 (1.60) favourites to take all three points when they line up against Slaven Bilic’s side without Eden Hazard.
The online firm also have a huge new customer offer, allowing anyone without an account to take a quote of 3/1 (4.0) on the away win with a maximum stake of £25. This should prove an extremely attractive option for those wanting to place a bigger stake on the Blues at a vastly enhanced price.
West Ham, though, will come into this match confident in their ability to upset the title-chasing Blues, for they have been beaten in just one of their last six Premier League matches. The Hammers, who have won both of their last two home matches against Chelsea, are chalked up at 11/2 (6.50) to make it a hat-trick of home wins against the side from Stamford Bridge.
The same firm go 16/5 (3.20) that both teams are forced to settle for a share of the spoils; that particular selection may well prove popular, for it would have seen punters profit from both of the Hammers’ last two league games, as well as in both of Chelsea’s last two Premier League matches away from home.
There have been goals at both ends in each of those four fixtures, as well as in each of the last four meetings between these two teams and the odds compilers offer 17/20 (1.85) that both sides are on target when the rivalry is renewed in east London.
There have been fewer than three goals scored in eight of Chelsea’s last 10 tussles away from Stamford Bridge and the odds compilers offer 21/20 (2.05) that the trend continues here, while the Blues can be backed at 5/4 (2.25) to shut out the hosts – a selection that would have paid dividends in six of Chelsea’s last seven wins away from home in this competition.
Better value, though, may lie in backing both teams to score at 17/20 (1.85) with Betfair Sportsbook; the Hammers have hit the net in 13 of their last 16 Premier League matches, while Chelsea have been on target in all but one of their last 24 fixtures in all competitions. Furthermore, there have been goals at both ends in each of the Blues’ last four league fixtures, as well as in all but one of West Ham United’s last five outings.