The battle for the Champions League places continues with a direct UCL duel between West Ham United and Chelsea, who are tied in the standings with 55 points, but the Blues have a better goal difference and are in 4th position. The gap between the 3rd placed Leicester City and 7th Liverpool is only three points, so both West Ham and Chelsea will be looking not to lose this game.
Chelsea are -120 favorites on William Hill Sportsbook to get a win and stay in the top four. Check out the latest news and stats and see the best West Ham United vs. Chelsea betting pick.
West Ham United vs. Chelsea
Three-way: 1: West Ham +350; X: +260 Draw; 2: Chelsea -120
Spread +0.5: West Ham +106; Chelsea -118
Total 2.5 Goals: Over +110; Under -118
Both Teams to Score: Yes -103; No -105
WEST HAM UNITED
West Ham United’s Champions League ambitions remain intact despite their 3-2 reverse to Newcastle, their fourth consecutive Premier League game to feature over 4.5 goals (W2, D1, L1). Architects of their own downfall, their fans also witnessed their beloved team embarrassingly score a league-high fourth own goal of the PL campaign!
The Hammers are more secure at home, and having conceded just one league goal before the 30th minute here this term, they’ve become hard to break down. Furthermore, they’ve lost just one PL game here this season after netting the opener (W9, D2), although that was against another top-four contender in Manchester United.
David Moyes will be without Michail Antonio (thigh), Craig Dawson (suspension), and Declan Rice (knee). Aaron Cresswell (thigh) is questionable to feature.
- Jesse Lingard’s penalty against Newcastle was his seventh league strike in as many games for West Ham, while four of his last six PL goals came before the 30th minute
- West Ham are unbeaten in 71.43% of league matches entered as home outsiders this term
Perhaps unsettled by all the speculations surrounding the ESL, Chelsea’s 0-0 midweek draw with Brighton & Hove Albion saw them miss the chance to go third in the table, although they did leapfrog their hosts back into the all-important UCL position. Looking increasingly likely to achieve a top-four finish, they’ve kept 15 clean sheets in 20 competitive games under Thomas Tuchel and haven’t conceded prior to the 30th minute therein.
Impressively, the Blues haven’t lost any of their six away league matches since he took charge in January (W4, D2), three of which saw them net from the penalty spot. However, they’ve only won one of their last six competitive H2Hs as the away side (D1, L4) so this area of London hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Chelsea recently.
Tuchel cannot count on Mateo Kovacic (muscle), while Thiago Silva (back) is questionable to play on Saturday.
- Mason Mount has struck between the 40th and 55th minute in three of Chelsea’s last five Premier League away games, on each occasion netting his side’s first goal and twice scoring match-openers
- Chelsea are unbeaten in 71.43% of games starting as away favorites
Both teams recorded four wins in the previous ten H2H encounters, while Chelsea won the reverse fixture 3-0 earlier in the season. The Hammers will be looking to get revenge for that heavy loss, and they will have a solid chance considering they beat the Blues in four of the last six meetings at home (D1, L1).
Still, I am not going to bet on the match winner here because it’s going to be a tight affair that could go either way. Each of West Ham’s last four games produced at least two goals on each side, which suggests that the Irons’ matches are quite efficient recently. Chelsea’s defense showed some weaknesses in the past few weeks, so the hosts should score at least a goal. I also expect the visitors to be in a good scoring mood, and that’s why I am going with BTTS.
The Pick: Both teams to score YES (-103)