West Ham United vs Chelsea Preview and Prediction 2021

West Ham United vs Chelsea Preview and Prediction 2021

West Ham United vs Chelsea predictions for Saturday’s Premier League contest in London. Local rivals West Ham and Chelsea meet for a crucial fixture in the race for a top-four finish. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

Both teams have scored in six of West Ham’s last eight league games.

West Ham have lost just one of their last ten Premier League home matches.

Chelsea have drawn four of their last eight Premier League away games.

Three of West Ham’s last four home games produced goals at both ends.

Crucial London Derby

West Ham and Chelsea are locked on 55 points each with six Premier League games left to contest, and with both London rivals vying for a top-four finish this season, their derby clash on Saturday takes on extra importance.

The Irons’ Champions League qualification hopes were dented last week when they slipped to a 3-2 reverse at Newcastle, though David Moyes’ team are a much more formidable prospect on their own patch.

West Ham took an impressive ten points from the last 12 on offer at the London Stadium, rampaging through a tough gauntlet of fixtures against Tottenham, Leeds, Arsenal and Leicester, with in-form Jesse Lingard leading the charge from the front.

Chelsea wobble again

Chelsea replaced West Ham in the top-four on Tuesday evening – but only just – when the Blues were held to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge by a determined Brighton outfit that might have snatched all three points with a little more luck.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have now failed to win three times in a row at the Bridge, though their heroic 1-0 win over Man City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley has made their frustrating home form something of a side story for now.

Goals at both ends in the capital?

West Ham have been one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the Premier League since Jesse Lingard’s loan move to London, and with the rejuvenated attacking midfielder in their ranks, the confident Hammers been going toe-to-toe with all of their opponents.

As a result, both teams have scored in six of their last eight league matches, and more end-to-end action is anticipated when Chelsea cross the capital on Saturday.

Lingard and his rapid accomplice Jarrod Bowen should cause plenty of problems for the Blues’ rearguard, though the suspended Craig Dawson’s absence at the other end means the Irons should struggle to keep Chelsea out.

With an exciting contest in the works, bettors could be rewarded by backing both teams to score at the London Stadium, while our 2-2 correct score prediction forecasts a share of the spoils in this Champions League qualification six-pointer.

West Ham have lost just once in their last ten Premier League home games, and Chelsea should find them tough to topple again.

West Ham injuries and team news

Darren Randolph, Andriy Yarmolenko, Declan Rice and Michail Antonio are all out injured for West Ham, while Craig Dawson misses out through suspension.

Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku will both hope to feature however.Chelsea injures and team news

Mateo Kovacic is Chelsea’s only major injury concern. Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell were rested against Brighton and should come back into the XI. Kepa was also a surprise inclusion against Albion, and Edouard Mendy should replace him on Saturday.

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