West Ham vs Chelsea – Betting Preview
West Ham had a dismal year in 2022, finishing with six losses in seven games across all competitions. However, they have since turned their season around, winning three and drawing two of their first six games of 2023!
West Ham Preview
Five points have been accumulated in their first four Premier League games this year – as many as in their previous eight fixtures – and recent results have seen David Moyes’s side climb out of the relegation zone.
Indeed, after a tense 1-1 draw away to Champions League contenders Newcastle United last weekend, a 2-0 home victory over fellow underachievers Everton was followed by a club-record signing by Lucas Paqueta, who scored just his second goal of the year to offset Callum Wilson’s opening goal.
On team news front, West Ham duo Maxwel Cornet (calf) and Kurt Zouma (thigh) are both ruled out through injury, while Gianluca Scamacca is closing in on a return from a knee problem after being spotted training this week.
Chelsea’s focus now goes to on-field performances after a record-breaking January transfer window in which they spent more than £300 million on eight new arrivals. Graham Potter is entrusted with changing the club’s poor run of form and making the most of the many players at his disposal.
Chelsea has only won two of their last 12 Premier League games since mid-October, losing 24 of the 36 points that could have been earned in the process. As a result, they are now ninth in the standings, 10 points behind the top four.
The West Londoners’ hopes of making the Champions League for the following season are dwindling each week, and a scoreless draw against Fulham at home last Friday did not help matters. Once again, the West Londoners’ lack of a cutting edge in the final third cost them dearly!
1×2 Betting Odds
Both teams will be motivated to win this intriguing match since failing to earn all three points on Saturday may leave West Ham’s weekend inside the relegation zone, while if Chelsea fails to win at the London Stadium, they will find themselves in in the bottom half of the table.
Saying that, it is still the home side who are the slight underdogs in this @ 3.53.
Despite turbulent recent form, Chelsea are the market favourites @ 2.36.
Given that both teams have had trouble finding their shooting rhythm this season, a low-scoring contest may be in the cards. In this case, we believe that the winnings could be split!
The market odds of a draw is @ 3.40.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 2.30.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.73.
Well the talking point is that both the teams have struggled to score goals for their clubs! And as a result, both these sides find themselves struggling on the league table!
So perhaps it is best to expect a contest that will feature less than 2.5 goals scored!