Chelsea are back in domestic league action this weekend as Maurizio Sarri’s team face off against Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United side at the London Stadium.
Here are 3 things to expect from this game:
A FIESTY LONDON DERBY:
It’s the Hammers against the Blues. It’s East London against West London. It promises to be an all-action feisty London derby. Chelsea are the top dogs in London and the pride of the city, while West Ham appear more like the underdogs – a team that often tries to punch above its weight to be among the best. West Ham are not Chelsea’s main rivals for the top prizes and beating them won’t guarantee that, but will only please the fans and help our chase for silverware. But for West Ham, beating Chelsea will prove their ability to upset one of the Premier League’s and London’s big boys and London. So it’s a do or die affair as the London Stadium will be made hell for Sarri’s Chelsea.
SARRI’S SLICKERS VS PELLEGRINI’S BRUISERS:
One thing to watch out for in the game between West Ham and Chelsea is in playing styles of both teams. Which team will prevail? Will Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea sleekers show up and turn on style against Pellegrini’s bruisers? One thing is also certain, while Chelsea will try to play in their new buzzing expansive style, the certainty is that the Hammers will be about physicality and directness in their play in order to get at Chelsea.
The Hammers have always proven to be stubborn opponents. Chelsea’s average record of five wins in our last 10 meeting against them tells the story of this London rivalry. More so, the Hammers have lost just once in their last five league encounters against the Blues. This surely shows what we will be up against a difficult side this weekend and serving them the humble pie should be topmost on Sarri’s mind.
THE FORM BOOK WILL BE A KEY MOTIVATION:
Chelsea’s rollercoaster ride and form this season that has seen us collect maximum 15 points from our first five games of the season is a stark contrast to West Ham’s low point tally of 3 points from a possible 15. While the form book suggests a Chelsea win and a loss to West ham, the reality is that the Premier league is unpredictable, and results could swing either way. But the big motivation for both sides is this: Chelsea are on a high and will be looking to gain more points in order to be in title race conversation. While for West Ham, building momentum after an abysmal start to the season will be vital for them. So, this game will surely be an explosive encounter between two sides looking to build on their current form.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!