West Ham will take on cross-city rivals Chelsea on Wednesday evening. The Hammers have been poor since the restart and desperately need points.
Chelsea will prove to be a very tough game for West Ham, the Hammers have not taken any points from their two games since the restart of the Premier League. The Hammers lost both games 2-0 to Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur.
The Blues, on the other hand, has shown some really good form, picking up all points available since the restart. This has included a 2-1 win against Aston Villa and an impressive 2-1 victory over Manchester City.
The Hammers have been fortunate that fellow strugglers Bournemouth, Watford, Aston Villa and Norwich have failed to pick up points either. The poor form shared by the bottom five clubs have kept West Ham out of the bottom three and safe from the drop for now.
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West Ham’s manager David Moyes has confirmed that Sebastien Haller and Angelo Ogbonna have both returned to training. There are still doubts whether or not they will be fit for the match against Chelsea, it is far more likely they will be saved for the more winnable matches against Newcastle and Burnley.
The likely absences of Ogbonna and Haller will probably mean that Fabian Balbuena and Michail Antonio will keep their spots in the defence and attack respectively. This will not be music to the ears of fans who have been wanting to see a natural striker given a chance. Moyes has Abian Ajeti and Xande Silva at his disposal but is yet to give any playing time to the pair.
West Ham will definitely be without Robert Snodgrass and Arthur Masuaku. The Scott is likely to be out for the rest of the season, which will be a big loss for the club. Snodgrass has been one of the clubs key players this season, scoring five goals.
Moyes will be able to take some solace from the fact that West Ham beat Chelsea in November, thanks to an Aaron Cresswell goal and a memorable debut from David Martin. Moyes’ predecessor and successor, Manuel Pellegrini was in charge that day and the Scot will be hoping to emulate that result.