West Ham United vs Chelsea – League leaders visit bottom club


Not since the 2001/02 Premier League season have West Ham United beaten Chelsea at Upton Park, the 1-1 draw in this fixture last year is the closest they’ve come to the three points.

Avram Grant knows his side face the toughest of challenges on Saturday trying to stop the Chelsea attack, especially Didier Drogba who has five goals in his last seven starts against the Hammers – he is 1/2 to score anytime.

After picking up nil points in their first two games, Grant can consider himself unlucky that the fixture draw threw up Manchester United and Chelsea in consecutive games as Grant fights to keep his job.

There is a very real possibility that West Ham will go into their game with Stoke City next week, with both teams yet to pick up a point from four games, but Hammers new loan signing Victor Obinna has called on the fans to remain calm.

“The manager is working on that and we just need a little time for the players to come together,” Obinna told the club’s official website.

Frank Lampard and John Terry could be fit in time for Saturday’s game and Lampard will want to improve his three goals in five games record against his former club.

Chelsea have scored 32 goals since they last conceded in the Premier League and only the most ardent of West Ham fans will believe their side can upset the odds, Chelsea are 1/3 to win whilst West Hame are 8/1.

Having not won a London derby in the last 11 attempts, West Ham fans can at the most hope for a draw which is 4/1.

Chelsea are 1/1 to keep a clean sheet. See the full West Ham United vs Chelsea betting market here.