Prior to the start of the new campaign, Chelsea was considered one of the soccer betting favorites to dethrone Manchester City as English Premier League kings. As for West Ham United, the Hammers were considered a dark horse to finish in the top four and qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Well, after five games, both are far from meeting expectations.
Even so, you don’t want to miss this match. The fact that both teams are in a must-win situation makes this edition of the District Line Derby special. For Chelsea, losing could mean falling out of the top 10, while for West Ham, it could mean falling into the relegation zone.
As expected, the Blues dominate the odds board, but the Hammers are definitely a tempting underdog, especially if Gianluca Scamacca recovers from an illness.
Chelsea: Home Sweet Home
Chelsea fans’ worst nightmare has come true: the team really misses Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner. Both strikers barely played last season, and the Blues have scored only six goals in five games. Regarding the EPL top 10, only Manchester United has scored less with five. On the other hand, Werner scored a hat-trick last Tuesday in RB Leipzig’s victory over FC Teutonia Ottensen.
Yes, the Blues signed Raheem Sterling and brought back Armando Broja, but the problem is that Kai Havertz and Mason Mount haven’t met expectations. Out of the four, Sterling is the only one who has scored. He did so last Tuesday against Southampton, but the Saints ended up winning 2-1.
Only two of Chelsea’s first five games were at home. First, they drew 2-2 with Tottenham. They had the three points in the pocket, but Harry Kane scored the equalizer six minutes into stoppage time. Later, they defeated Leicester City 2-1, exactly like we predicted. Sterling was named Man of the Match after scoring both goals.
Including last season’s final stretch, the Blues have six straight games without losing at Stamford Bridge. During that span, they’ve scored 10 goals and allowed seven. That’s more than enough for them to control the Las Vegas odds at -190. Plus, Conor Gallagher will return after missing their last game due to suspension.
The Blues recently signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona, but he’s not expected to play as he has to recover from a broken jaw.
West Ham United: Can Lucas Paqueta Make the Difference?
Like Chelsea, West Ham United has had a rocky start. The Hammers are 1-1-3, with only two goals for and six against. Most recently, they drew 1-1 to Tottenham. Good thing we recommended you include the draw in your soccer picks. Those who did won $280 per every $100 wagered.
Anyway, the lack of goals made the coaching staff look for more reinforcements and found Lucas Paqueta. The offensive midfielder, who used to play for Olympique Lyon, made his debut on Wednesday, but now he’s likely to be included in the starting lineup. He’s also expected to make a huge difference, with Jarrod Bowen, Michael Antonio, and Gianluca Scamacca benefiting most.
The Brazilian midfielder has always been technically skilled, and now he has the proper physicality to become one of the best in the world.
“I hope Lucas can keep adding to it. He’s already a very good player and I think he will give us something slightly different. We need a link between our midfield and our forward players and see if we can make better passes or better final choices, and I’m hoping he can help provide that for us,” said manager David Moyes during a press conference.
Paqueta and Scamacca have the potential to become a lethal duo. The thing is that Scamacca is questionable due to illness. He missed the match against the Spurs. Moyes explained it’s something related to his gums and throat. At +525, the Hammers are a very tempting betting underdog, but if the Italian ends up playing, the deal will be even more alluring.
Chelsea vs West Ham United Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 116
- Chelsea Victories: 51 (182 goals)
- West Ham United Victories: 43 (165 goals)
- Draws: 22
Last season, Chelsea and West Ham United collided twice. The Hammers won a thriller at London Stadium thanks to a late goal scored by Arthur Masuaku. They came from behind twice to end up winning 3-2. Later, the Blues took revenge at Stamford Bridge with a 1-0 victory. Jorginho missed a penalty with only three minutes to go, but Christian Pulisic saved the day in the game’s last play. West Ham played the last five minutes with one player less as Craig Dawson was sent off.
It wasn’t long ago that the Hammers managed to win at Stamford Bridge. They won 1-0 in the 2019-20 season thanks to Aaron Cresswell, who scored at the beginning of the second half.
Chelsea vs West Ham United Match Information
- Date: Saturday, September 3rd
- Time: 9:00 a.m. ET
- Location: Stamford Bridge, London
- Chelsea vs West Ham United Live Stream: fubo.tv
Chelsea vs West Ham United Betting Lines
Chelsea vs West Ham United Prediction
Chelsea is the better team, no doubt about it, but the Blues have suffered a lot from injuries. The good news is that Mateo Kovacic, Reece James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Trevoh Chalobah have recovered. Additionally, Wesley Fofana is set to make his debut. Last but not least, Chelsea also signed striker Denis Zakaria. Like Aubameyang, he won’t be fit to face the Hammers, but Mount and Havertz are already feeling the pressure, meaning they should finally play at their best.
The Hammers will put up a good fight, though. Enough to contribute with the over, precisely our soccer prediction.
Score Prediction: Chelsea 2, West Ham United 1