Chelsea would be looking to extend a London derby record as they take the short trip across London to face West Ham United in today’s early kick-off (12:30 UK time)
The Blues are unbeatean in their last seven away London derbies, a record the premier league table toppers hold and wish to extend with a victory over David Moyes’ West Ham side who have so far proven to be one of the toughest teams this season.
West Ham are still without Italian defender Angelo Ogbonna who did his cruciate few weeks ago but are boosted by the possible return of left-back Aaron Cresswell who has returned to training after sustaining back injury last week and a late decision will be made on the Englishman’s availability to face Chelsea.
Chelsea meanwhile are still without N’golo Kanté and Matteo Kovacic for today’s fixture and Ben Chilwell is obviously a long-term absentee after injuring his ACL recently. 22-year old centre-half Trevoh Chalobah is also unavailable after picking up an injury in Wednesday’s game against Watford.
There is however some good news from the fitness desk as Jorginho, Reece James and Timo Werner who missed the midweek game against Watford are back and available for West Ham.
West Ham Predicted xi: Fabianski; Masuaku, Zouma, Dawson, Johnson; Rice, Soucek, Fornals; Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma
Chelsea Predicted xi: Mendy; Rudiger, Silva, Azpilicueta; James, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Ziyech
West Ham sit fourth on the premier league table but have had a mixed run of form in recent games, winning two, losing two and drawing one of their last five games.
Chelsea on the other hand are unbeatean in their last five. The premier league leaders have only dropped points twice in recent times which was in 1-1 draws at home to Burnley and Manchester United, winning three out of their last five games.
Head to Head:
Both sides have faced off a half century times in the premier league with Chelsea having the superior head to head record.
In those 50 meetings, the Blues have beaten the Hammers 27 times with the Hammers getting the better of them 14 times and both teams have shared the spoils nine times.
The packed schedule of the festive season is seemingly having an effect on West Ham already as they’ve not had it easy in their last three premier league games.
Chelsea also didn’t find it easy in their last couple of games against Man Utd and Watford as injuries and fatigue seems to have affected Thomas Tuchel’s side but I expect them to edge this one given their man to man superiority. West Ham 0-2 Chelsea