West Ham vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

West Ham vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

West Ham go into this match against Chelsea only one point off the bottom of the league and in possession of both the league’s worst goal difference and the worst defensive record.  The Hammers have conceded 32 goals this season and have conceded three or more goals in seven of their 15 league matches this season.  They have lost all four of their matches against the top six and have conceded at least three goals in three of those four occasions.  That does not bode well for their match against Chelsea.

After a bit of an up and down start to the season, Chelsea have won six of their last seven league matches with the only other result being a draw away to Liverpool.  The Blues’ fantastic form has propelled them into third in the table and brought them only three points behind second place Manchester United.  They’ll face an awful West Ham side and, while it may be an away game against a fellow London team, they’ll be licking their chops going into this match.

Team News

Jose Fonte, James Collins and Andy Carroll are all expected to be out of this match, while Javier Hernandez, Sam Byrum, Winston Reid, Michail Antonio, and Chiekhou Kouyate are all doubts, according to Physioroom.com.

Chelsea are expected to have a pretty full squad, but they are going to be without David Luiz, according to physioroom.com

Key Players

West Ham United: Manuel Lanzini

Since the departure of Dimitri Payet West Ham have had a pretty significant fall off.  While the team as a whole have fallen off, they still have a player with a lot of ability in the Frenchman’s old position in Lanzini.  The Argentine is probably the most talented player at West Ham and is one of the players that could actually pose a threat to this strong Chelsea defence.  West Ham will likely concede at least once, they’ve only kept three clean sheets all season, so they’ll need someone to create some scoring chances for them and Lanzini is their best bet.

Chelsea: Eden Hazard

In Hazard Chelsea have arguably the best player in the Premier League.  The Belgian is one of the best dribblers and creators in the league.  If he’s on his game, West Ham don’t stand a chance, it’s as simple as that.

Prediction

Chelsea should win this game without getting into second gear.  West Ham are bad and the Olympic Stadium has been a pretty easy place for away teams to go.

Prediction: 3-0 Chelsea