|Chelsea celebrate their winner as inspired by Mason Mount at Watford on Wednesday. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
Westham vs ChelseaThe London Stadium1:30pm
Chelsea returned to winning ways with a hard fought 2-1 win away at Watford on Wednesday, a result that ensures they stay on top of the premier league.
Arsenal’s failure to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday means Westham remain fourth on the log after their 1-1 draw against Brighton, sheer disappointment for a team with a mission of finishing within champions league places.
Chelsea will be wary of what might be should they fail to pick maximum points here considering the fact that rival sides play lesser oppositions and could usurp Chelsea on the log where they currently lead by one solitary point.
In a way, without sounding disrespectful to the Hammers, they’re punching above their weights and while the deserve credits for the amazing work they have done so far, questions remain as to whether they have what it takes to go all the way in Europe without sliding down the premier league table.
Westham have lost steam of late but they did beat Liverpool on this ground just before the international break, the likes of Minkhail Antonio and Said Benrahma has refused to hit the target in back to back matches to the dismay of several fantasy premier league managers.
Both sides have European football engagement in midweek, both have qualified for the next round and the Hammers have even confirmed their place as log leaders but Chelsea need to equal Juventus’ result to be confirmed as group winners.
We don’t know for sure if Reece James will be back and available for selection after missing the midweek game at Vicarage Road but Mason Mount is back in his element after guiding the Blues past the Hornets on Wednesday.
At what point do you expect David Moyes to throw in Manuel Lanzini from the start? His consolation goal against Manchester City ranks among the best goals so far this season, but with PBLO Fornals fit and running riot, the Argentine’s place on the bench is very much secured.
It's a London derby and nothing is certain in derbies, form and history fly out the window in this kind of instance but the Blues should have enough to dispatch the Hammers over 90minutes