West Ham vs Chelsea: Blues to leave it late to claim London spoils
West Ham vs Chelsea Match Preview and Predictions
Chelsea have made a perfect start to the season and sit top of the Premier League above Liverpool on goal difference.
[All odds correct at time of publication]
Eden Hazard stole the show with a hat-trick as the Blues finally saw off the brave challenge of promoted Cardiff to prevail 4-1 at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Manuel Pellegrini was able to enjoy his 65th birthday as West Ham halted a four-game losing streak in the top flight by winning 3-1 against Everton at Goodison Park.
When is it? Sunday 23rd September
What time is kick-off? 13:30
Where is it being played? London Stadium
Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event
Who is the referee? Mike Dean
West Ham vs Chelsea Betting Tips
Here are our best tips for the match and we also have a range of other markets available:
Chelsea took only one point from their two meetings with West Ham last season, drawing 1-1 at Stamford Bridge in April following a 1-0 reverse at this venue in December.
The Blues may have had a trip to Greece to take on PAOK Salonika in the Europa League on Thursday but they opted to rest in-form Hazard and defender David Luiz.
In games involving the two teams this season, the majority of the goals have arrived in the last hour with Chelsea hitting their opponents most in the final 14 minutes as well as finishing the first half strongly.
West Ham, meanwhile, have allowed two goals on the stroke of half-time as well as conceding three times in the closing 14 minutes.
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Given those statistics, and appreciating the visitors may take time to get going after their Europa League excursions, we are beginning our West Ham vs Chelsea predictions by going for Draw HT/Chelsea FT at 16/5.
We will add to that by predicting the first goal will be scored between the 31st and 40th minutes at odds of 6/1 in our free football tips.
First goalscorer tips
Eden Hazard has been in stunning form for Chelsea, scoring five times in the last three games. He also netted for Belgium in their 4-0 rout of Scotland at Hampden Park during the international break.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has tipped the playmaker to win the Golden Boot this season and he is clearly his side's biggest goal threat with an xG of 3.1 in his last 10 league matches. We are jumping on the BetStars odds boost of 4/1 for him to break the deadlock at London Stadium.
Anytime goalscorer tips
Marko Arnautovic has been a standout performer for West Ham despite their early-season struggles. The Austria international registered a goal and an assist as the Hammers finally claimed their first league win of the season in beating Everton.
Obiang ➡️ Arnautovic ➡️ Obiang ➡️ Arnautovic ➡️ 🥅 pic.twitter.com/BlGgXLNyRz-- West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) September 19, 2018
He now has three goals to his name having also scored against Bournemouth and Arsenal. His 4.4 xG is three times better than his nearest team-mate and even higher than Hazard's. We feel odds of 21/10 for Arnautovic to score anytime are too good to ignore.
Where the game will be won or lost
Italian Sarri became just the fourth man to win his first five matches in the Premier League with the Blues playing some eye-catching attacking football.
While they were more defensively aware under previous boss Antonio Conte, Chelsea are certainly reaping the rewards for a more positive approach, with Hazard leading from the front.
Sarri's side posted their second-highest xG of 2.2 against Cardiff but, despite finding the net 14 times in five matches, they rank fifth overall in the division with West Ham 16th.
The Hammers actually posted a lower xG than Everton (1.8-1.2) last Sunday and only Fulham have a worst xG tally for chances allowed.
Chelsea have scored at least twice in every league fixture this season and we cannot see the Hammers, who have conceded 11 times, keeping them at bay for the 90 minutes.
With Chelsea netting eight of their 14 goals after the break and the Hammers allowing seven of their 11 leaked in the second period, 5/6 for the most goals to be scored in the second half completes our West Ham vs Chelsea betting tips.
West Ham are hopeful Arnautovic will be fit after he was substituted in the second half at Everton with a knee problem. Javier Hernandez (flu) is a doubt, while Jack Wilshere (ankle) is sidelined after surgery.
Pedro is a major doubt for Chelsea after the Spain winger sustained a shoulder injury in Thursday night's Europa League win at PAOK. Mateo Kovacic has a minor injury and may miss out again.
Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor
Eden Hazard has returned from an impressive World Cup with Belgium in fantastic form, hitting a hat-trick in the rout of Cardiff having also scored in wins over Newcastle and Bournemouth
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