West Ham will welcome Chelsea to the London Stadium on July 1, 2020, as the English Premier League continues. The match will start at 3:13 EST
The Hammers continue to fight for survival as they are fourth from the bottom of the English Premier League table. They have earned the same points as the 18th and 19th ranked teams and are six points from hitting rock bottom. This team has lost six out of their last 10 home matches with two draws during that period.
The Blues are trying to make their Champions League appearance next year official. They are in 4th place in the league table and are just one point behind third-place Manchester City. Chelsea has won four of their last five matches with one draw during that period and they head to London in good form.
West Ham is near the bottom of the table, threatened by relegation. The Hammers are currently in 17th place in the English Premier League standings with a record of 7 wins, 6 draws, and 18 losses for a total of 27 points. They are currently tied in points with 18th place Bournemouth and 19th place Aston Villa but are temporarily in the safe spot due to a superior goal difference.
The Hammers are coming off a good rest as their last game was on June 23rd against Tottenham. In that match, the Hotspur blanked West Ham 2-0, the same score that the Hammers lost to the Wolves three days earlier. The loss to the Spurs was their third straight defeat as the also dropped a 0-1 contest to Arsenal before the suspension of the season.
Sebastian Haller leads the Hammers with a total of seven goals scored this season while Robert Snodgrass has five goals and Mark Noble finding the back of the net four times. Snodgrass and Pablo Fornals lead the team with five assists each while Felipe Anderson has four assists for West Ham.
The Hammers are tied for 12th in goal scoring with a total of 35 on the season. They are 17th in goals conceded with a total of 54 allowed this term. Meanwhile, West Ham ranks 11th in passing with a total of 26 assists on the year. Their goal difference of -19 is ranked 16th overall in England.
West Ham +1
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The Blues look to finalize a Champions League appearance for next season with a win on July 1st. Chelsea is currently in 4th place in the English Premier League table with a record of 16 wins, 6 draws, and 9 losses for a total of 54 points on the season and are level on points with third-place Leicester City.
In their last league assignment, the Blues defeated Manchester City 2-1 to officially eliminate City from the title race. Then Chelsea went on to Leicester City 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup on Sunday. Against Manchester City, the Blues only had 33% of possession time but they were able to shoot 13 times including 8 shots on goal, turning defense into attack, which should be key for them the rest of the way.
Tammy Abraham leads Chelsea with a total of 13 goals scored this season while Christian Pulisic has netted seven times and Mason Mount finding the back of the net six times this year. Willian leads the team with five assists while also scoring six goals and Cesar Azpilicueta has five assists and two goals.
The Blues are the 4th best scoring team in England with a total of 55 goals scored this term. They are 8th in defense with a total of 41 goals conceded. Chelsea is also 4th in the EPL with a total of 37 assists on the year while they are ranked 5th with a goal difference of +14.
These two sides have faced off in a total of 113 times and the Blues hold the current advantage with a record of 50-22-41. The last time these two teams met was on November 30, 2019. Surprisingly, it was West Ham who was victorious in that match as they stunned Chelsea 1-0 at home. However, the Blues weren’t in form yet at that time and much has changed since that first meeting between these two sides.
West Ham has missed several key players since the restart of the league. Striker Sebastian Haller plus defenders Arthur Masuaku and Angelo Ogbonna have been out of commission due to injury. On the other hand, Chelsea is flying high right now. The team announced the signings of midfielder Hakim Ziyech and forward Timo Werner. Winger Christian Pulisic limped off against Leicester City but is expected to be in good health here. The Blues however will be without Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori, and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Chelsea is a completely different team now and Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Christian Pulisic will take over this game. I don’t put down teams but in this matchup, I don’t think that West Ham has a chance of beating Chelsea. The defense has been a problem for the Blues but West Ham has won just once in their last six assignments and has conceded a total of 11 goals during that period.
Prediction: Chelsea -1 (-101)
Odds from SportsBetting as of 06/30/2020
20 of Chelsea’s matches this season have yielded a total of over 2.5 goals while 15 of West Ham’s 31 games played have also produced a total of over 2.5 goals. All of Chelsea’s matches since the lockdown have also produced over 2.5 goals and four of their last five away matches have seen the total go over 2.5 goals. Likewise, half of these two teams’ last 10 head to head matches have seen both sides combined to score more than 2.5 goals as well. This one should be no different. I like both teams to hit the over in this matchup.
Prediction: Over 2.5 (-112)