Chelsea vs West Ham Preview, prediction and odds

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Prediction and odds for the game: Chelsea (4/9) v West Ham (21/4)

We are backing over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/7

When: Monday, 21st December 2020, Kick-off 20:00

Where: Stamford Bridge

On Monday night, Chelsea host West Ham at Stamford Bridge, as the home side look to return to winning ways after a poor run of form.


Frank Lampard’s team head into this game on the back of two straight Premier League defeats against Everton and last time out Wolves. The mini poor run of form has seen the Blues fall nine points behind league leaders Liverpool in the title race. In fact, they are currently eight-place in the table, just a point and place better off the table than the visitors. The home sides supposed title challenge has gone slightly off the rails. Lampard’s team need a victory in this clash to get back on track.

One positive for Chelsea of late has been their league form at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues are unbeaten on home soil in the English top-flight. The last team to beat the Blues on home soil were reigning champions, Liverpool, in their first home match of the Premier League campaign.

The team from south west London have been potent on home soil in the English top-flight of late, as the Blues have scored at least three goals in four of their previous five home matches in the league.

West Ham

The Hammers are experiencing a solid Premier League campaign under David Moyes. The visitors could leapfrog the home side in the table with a victory in this clash. An away victory may look unlikely, but the Irons recorded a victory at Stamford Bridge last season.

The visitors recent league form has been slightly inconsistent, but they have won four of their previous six matches in the English top-flight. Last time out, Crystal Palace held the Irons to a 1-1 draw at the London Stadium. The game saw both teams score for a fourth straight West Ham match.

West Ham have won three of their last five away games in the Premier League, although they have only won four of their previous 16 league matches on their travels in the English top-flight. The Hammers recent away games have certainly not been short of goals in the Premier League, as there have been over 2.5 goals in five of their last six league games on their travels.


Chelsea needs to get back to winning ways and quickly if they are to mount any sort of realistic title challenge. We do think that they will do just about enough to scrape a victory in this clash. However, the home win does not offer great odds, so we are focussing on the goals market instead.

The first bet we are backing is over 2.5 goals, as Chelsea have been potent on home soil and West Ham’s recent matches have been relatively high-scoring. The other recommendation is both teams to score, as Chelsea have looked vulnerable at the back of late and the visitors offer a decent attacking threat.

Verdict: We are backing over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/7 and/or both teams to score at odds of 7/10. (All odds are taken from Bet365).

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