West Ham v Chelsea: Expect goals as Mourinho faces favoured rival

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West Ham are already suffering their worst league run under the tenure of Sam Allardyce and there seems little chance of this improving against one of the manager’s most fearsome opponents.

The Hammers have gone four Premier League games without a victory and no other top-flight club have taken fewer home points than them this season.

Chelsea visit Upton Park next, with Allardyce only collecting two points from his six tussles with the Blues when managed by Jose Mourinho, which includes defeats in all three of his home games.

All of this points to a Chelsea triumph in this London derby, which can be backed at 8/13.

Alternatively, West Ham are 9/2 for the win, with the draw priced at 11/4. Chelsea have only taken maximum points once on the road in the league this season, it could pay to remember.

With Fernando Torres not in the matchday squad, the chances of Samuel Eto’o leading the line are significantly enhanced and he has some appeal at 5/1 to open the scoring.

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard and Demba Ba are in contention to feature against their former club and are 3/1 and 2/1 respectively to strike in the 90 minutes.

Their goal chances are further aided by the regularity of high-scoring clashes between this pair in recent seasons.

Four of the last five have gone over 2.5 goals and it is 4/5 for the same to happen again, while 6/4 is on offer in the Total Result market for a Chelsea victory combined with over 2.5 goals in the match.

Finally, the last six encounters between the London rivals have seen goals scored either side of half time and therefore, 4/6 is a solid price that both halves see goals here.

Meanwhile, it is 5/4 that Chelsea are ahead at both half time and full time.

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

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.