Chelsea will look to strengthen their grip on the third spot while West Ham will want to revive their top-four hopes when they clash this weekend in the Premier League. You can follow all the Premier League betting action by using our soccer odds.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Premier league odds for Chelsea vs West Ham. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Chelsea: Huge Ups and Dchelowns
Chelsea doesn’t have a chance of lifting the Premier League title this season due to the advantage both Man City and Liverpool have over them heading into the business end of the campaign but they still need to make sure of third place as Tottenham and Arsenal are just five points behind them with six fixtures remaining till the end of the season.
Chelsea saw their three-game winning run across all competitions come to an end on Wednesday when they surprisingly lost 4-2 at home to Arsenal. It was the first time this season that Chelsea allowed four goals on home soil. Last weekend, the Blues bounced back from a disappointing elimination from the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace to book their spot in the FA Cup final where they will meet Liverpool.
Mateo Kovacic came off with an ankle injury during the FA Cup semi-finals against Crystal Palace and is ruled out for two weeks. Apart from the Croatian international, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell remain the only other absentees for Chelsea.
Tuchel is expected to use the same formation, with the 3-4-1-2 system working well in recent weeks, minus the defeat to Arsenal. There could be a few changes following a poor defensive performance in the midweek action. Edouard Mendy is a certain starter between the sticks for the home team.
Once again, Chelsea will be playing in front of a reduced Stamford Bridge crowd of 32k with general tickets not on sale because of restrictions imposed on owner Roman Abramovich. Chelsea’s players looked very nervous lately and something tells us that they have some issues in the dressing room. It’s not the best time to bet on Chelsea but given the circumstances, we will add them to our soccer picks and parlays.
West Ham: Europa League Trophy Is the Priority
West Ham should put all they have into the Europa League after another setback in the Premier League, only managing a 1-1 draw against Burnley. The Hammers were never expected to be in the Europa League semifinals at the start of the season but now that they are it’s crucial they make the most of it and don’t allow this opportunity to really establish themselves pass them by. In case they go all the way and lift the trophy, they will earn a Champions League spot for the next season.
They reached their first major European semi-final in 46 years with a stunning 4-1 aggregate victory against Lyon and they will play Eintracht Frankfurt next week. We expect them to rest many of their key players for this clash and not risk injuries.
They can still finish in top-four but they need a miracle for that to happen as they are trailing fourth-placed Tottenham by five points and they have a difficult end of the season with clashes with top teams like Chelsea and Man City. David Moyes must balance the club’s domestic and continental ambitions.
With Moyes’ side enjoying a seven-day rest since their last outing against Burnley, the fans might think that there’s a possibility for their team to go and pull off the upset against the Blues but if you’re soccer betting you should understand that West Ham is expected to prioritize the Europa League. On top of that, they will continue to be without two of their best defenders, Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma, both injured for this clash.
Chelsea vs West Ham Head-to-Head
West Ham has lost three of their four away London derbies this season, and the first goal could decide their fate again as the side that scored first eventually won all four of those games. The Hammers managed to pull off the upset in the reverse fixture beating Chelsea 3-2 on home soil and they have a decent head-to-head record against the Blues winning three of their previous mutual encounters including a 1-0 away win in 2019, their only win on the road in the last 18 years against Chelsea. The hosts lost their last three home games at Stamford Bridge across all competitions, conceding 11 goals in the process.
Chelsea vs West Ham Game Information
- Game: Chelsea (18-8-5) vs West Ham (15-7-11)
- Location: Stamford Bridge (London)
- Day/Time: Sunday, April 24th, 9 a.m. ET
- Chelsea vs West Ham Streaming: fubo.tv
Chelsea vs West Ham Betting Lines
Chelsea vs West Ham Predictions
The hosts enter this clash as heavy favorites being priced at -200 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at 2½.
Chelsea’s defensive struggles point to a high-scoring affair but West Ham failed to find the back of the net in three of their last four games on the road losing four in the process. As we previously stated, their Europa League semifinal against Eintracht Frankfurt is way more important than this trip.
Chelsea has lost their last three home matches in all competitions, as many as they had done in their previous 38 at the Bridge. We expect them to bounce back, win this clash and give their fans something to cheer for. The straight ML is not ideal for our betting needs so we will take them to win from halftime.