The London Olympic Stadium will host the stage this Saturday, December 9, of the classic involving West Ham and Chelsea. Although the duel has lost some of its importance after the Stamford Bridge team has come to appear more often at the top of the Premier League standings, it is still able to revive the animosity of the fans.
Therefore it was selected to open, at 10:30 am (Brasília time), the sixteenth round of the English Championship 2017/2018 that has two other classics. The Liverpool vs. Everton and Manchester United vs. Manchester City clashes will be held on Sunday, December 10th.
West Ham’s recent performance
It was not just Chelsea’s rise in production that took some of the glamor from the classic against West Ham. United’s brutal drop in revenue after he traded Upton Park for the Olympic stadium also helped to widen the gap between the clubs.
Last season, West Ham was threatened with relegation and currently is in the sticking zone. Without winning, there are six games (three draws and three losses), the team occupying the nineteenth position with ten points (two wins, four draws and nine losses). He is three points behind West Bromwich, seventeenth, first team out of the drop zone.
Not even the change of command with the resignation of Slaven Bilic and the hiring of David Moyes seems to have had an effect. Of the 12 points disputed under new direction, the West Ham managed to add only one.
In such a scenario, the possibility of performing a classic comes as the hope of a turnaround. However, the many medical problems are enough to contain any wave of optimism. Defenders Jose Fonte (eight matches in English Championship 2017/2018, no goal) and Winston Reid (11 matches, no goal) are in the process of injury recovery; the socks Samuel Byram (without performances) and Cheikhou Kouyate (13 matches, two goals); and attackers Andrew Caroll (eight games, no goal) and Chicarito Hernandez (11 games, four goals). Certainly the experienced Moyes will wait for the position of the medical department to know if you can count on any athlete in that group.
The current form of Chelsea
Current England champion Chelsea are struggling to split up between the national tournament and the Champions League. Although it does well in both disputes, this has not been enough to put him in a comfortable position in the dispute for the bicampeonato.
With 32 points (ten wins, two draws and three losses), Chelsea are third place in Premier Legue. They are 11 less than Manchester City, the leader. In the continental competition, managed to qualify, but second in his group. On Tuesday, December 5, at home, they completed their participation in the first phase with a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid.
Recent games, however, signal a better future. Chelsea have not lost seven games. In the period, he won five duels and drew two. Another good indicator was the emptying of the medical department. In injury treatment follows only the Brazilian defender David Luiz (eight matches in the English Championship, 2017/2018, one goal).
However, his situation is put under suspicion by the English press. The club says the athlete has a knee injury. The news, however, raises the possibility that the defender was removed from the team after discussing as coach Antonio Conte. It could even be traded in the next transfer window. The Italian denies this version and says that David Luiz follows in his plans.
History of the games between West Ham and Chelsea
The London classic had three previous season editions. Chelsea have won both Premier League games. At Stamford Bridge, he scored 2-1. Then in the Olympic stadium he repeated the score.
Among the duels, however, there was an eliminatory game by the League Cup of England. At that time, at home, West Ham took the best scoring 2-1.
Many medical problems and a choice of coach who seems to be mistaken do not allow to imagine a future of the most brilliant for West Ham. Faced with a rival quite technically superior, although the fact of being a classic ends up diminishing the importance of this difference, the guess in the visitors is the most suitable. It has a price of 1.50 in Rivalo. Draw pays 4.20 and success of the constituents yields 6.50 for 1.