Preview - Chelsea vs West Ham United 09 April 2018

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Match Day 33
Chelsea vs West Ham United
Monday, April 9th, 2018
00:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge

Last five matches form: L W L W L
Average goals per match: 1.71
Average goals against per match: 0.97
Top Scorer: Eden Hazard and Álvaro Morata (11)

West Ham United:
Last five matches form: W L L L W
Average goals per match: 1.26
Average goals against per match: 1.84
Top Scorer: Marko Arnautovic (9)

We have a London derby rounding off the action on Match Day 33 as David Moyes West Ham outfit travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Antonio Conté's Blues.

Differing goals for the two sides here. Chelsea surely blew any chance of Champions League qualification when brushed aside by Tottenham at home last week, but still hold the Europa League qualifying spot in their grasp, although Arsenal are beginning to close in having rediscovered their form of late.

Whilst Chelsea endured a big disappointment last week, West Ham in contrast secured a simply massive home win against Southampton. Sitting on 33 points they do still have a little work to do to secure their Premier League status for next term but have at least opened up a five point gap to the bottom three.

Chelsea hope to have keeper Thibaut Courtois back here, Pedro and Davide Zappacosta face late fitness tests and Ethan Ampadu and David Luiz are definitely out.

West Ham are potentially facing a major selection problem up front with Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio out and question marks against both Manuel Lanzini and Chicharito.

Its difficult to judge quite how much motivation remains for Chelsea this term, with a shot at the Europa League being their sole remaining objective - hardly inspiring for a team who set out to defend their title - and continuous speculation regarding Antonio Conté's future. The Blue's are however the significantly better side and it is hoped the atmosphere of a derby clash will be enough to inspire them to victory.

Prediction: Chelsea 3 - 1 West Ham United


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 23 - 5
Shots on target: 6 - 2
Corner Kicks: 10 - 6
Possession: 60% - 40%

Just the one booking on a quiet afternoon for referee Kevin Friend, with West Ham's Mark Noble the only player to have his name taken.

Recording a whopping 23 total shots and dominating possession, Chelsea did rather well not to win this one. Such is their current form at the minute though that they found a way. For their part West Ham hung on in their and took their one real good chance when it came.

Chelsea went closest early. Alvaro Morata having one effort ruled out for offside, and seeing another back-heeled attempt drift across the face of goal.

The Blues opener came in the 36th minute and was something of a scrappy affair. Joe Hart had just rescued his side with an excellent save from Willian, but from the resultant corner the ball made its way all the way across the six yard box for Cesar Azpilicueta to take one touch before scuffing home. 1-0 at half time.

Willian and Morata both went close for Chelsea at the start of the second half, with Morata also having a second goal ruled out for offside.

In the 72nd minute Chelsea were made to pay for their inability to put the game to bed. Arnautovic doing well to chase down a long ball into the area before spinning and playing the ball back to Chicarito around the penalty spot. First time shot. Bottom corner. 1-1.

In the 80th minute Joe Hart produced a wonderful save to keep the Hammers in it. Marco Alonso's blistering drive from the edge of the area seemed destined for the top corner but Hart somehow got a hand to it. Seven minutes later Hart was at it again, this time producing a full length save to palm an Olivier Giroud header onto the post. 1-1 final score.

Chelsea remain fifth but are now just three points clear of Arsenal. West Ham stay in 14th but this valuable point now moves them six points clear of the relegation zone.

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