It’s London derby time again as Monday night pits Champions League seeking Chelsea against a West Ham side sitting mid-table with little to play for.
Chelsea’s win last time out marked a sixth consecutive Premier League home game unbeaten, with three of those victories arriving by at least a two-goal margin and a clean sheet. Interestingly however, they’ve only managed a clean sheet in three of the last ten competitive.
Just three of Chelsea’s last ten PL home matches have featured three goals or more, something that can be said of 43.75% of their top-flight home matches this term – one of the division’s lowest percentages.
Those hoping for a goal fest will find no fuel in the recent performances of West Ham, who have seen four of their last five PL matches produce under 2.5 goals.
Furthermore, the ‘Hammers’ themselves have managed to score just once across their last six PL road trips!
West Ham have performed reasonably well against the current top six this season, but have conceded in seven of nine such matches, averaging 1.67 goals conceded per fixture.
At Stamford Bridge, they’ve conceded at least one goal in 16 of their last 17 PL visits.
Players to watch: With five goals across his last six matches for club and country, Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard could shine here. Meanwhile, Marko Arnautovi? has recently returned from injury and scored a double for Austria during the international break.
Stat attack: Chelsea have won 64.07% of the PL matches that they entered as matchday favourites this season – the lowest share of the top-six teams.
The last nine competitive H2Hs have all been draws or victories by a one-goal margin.
HEAD TO HEAD ANALYSIS
- home win or draw
- under 2.5 goals
- no goal goal
West Ham have averaged just 1.4 yellow cards from their last five PL matches.