West Ham v Chelsea: Irons offer best value in always-tight fixture

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Chelsea may have enjoyed a 13-game winning run earlier in the Premier League campaign, but that impressive feat was interrupted by a League Cup defeat to West Ham United at the Olympic Stadium. And the Blues could well struggle against Slaven Bilic’s men on Monday night.

 

The Irons have won each of their last two home games against Chelsea, and were only beaten at Stamford Bridge by an 89th minute Diego Costa winner back in August.

One thing we’re sure to see is goals. All of the last four meetings between this London duo have seen both sides find the net, so the 5/6 for Both teams to score looks like something of a banker.

Especially so as the Hammers are building a reputation as the comeback kids. In each of their last three games, Bilic’s side have come from behind to take at least a point. Meanwhile, Chelsea have led – and drawn – on their last two away trips.

That means we recommend getting on the 11/2 for West Ham to come from behind and win or draw.

The hosts will also be boosted by having a fit and in-form Andy Carroll. The England international has now scored four times in as many games, and bagged the winner against Chelsea at Upton Park last term. He’s 23/10 to score anytime, and 15/2 to produce the last goal of the game.

Meanwhile, the Blues could well be relying on Pedro, who has shrugged off an indifferent 2015-16 campaign in style. He’s chalked up seven goals in his last nine appearances, and is 13/8 to add to that tally here.

In the match betting, West Ham are a surprisingly long 17/4 for victory, with 8/13 for a Chelsea triumph and 14/5 on offer for the draw.

However, if you’re looking for a safer bet on the hosts, check out the 6/5 Double Chance on West Ham and Draw.

And you can enjoy our great Headline Boosts, available from 08:00 on Monday 6 March:

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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