Chelsea face London rival West Ham United in the early kick-off Boxing Day fixture at Stamford Bridge.
This will be the first time Chelsea will face the Sam Allardyce’s side after the 0-0 draw at SW6 last season- a result which dented Chelsea’s title aspirations.
West Ham United has been in a good run of form in the league this season and their brilliant display have seen them look like a top four contender. Chelsea are however expected to overcome whatever Big Sam and his boys come up with this time at the Bridge in order to maintain the lead at the summit of the league table going into the new year.
We take a look at 5 reasons Chelsea will beat West Ham at Stamford Bridge.
There Will Be No Parking The Bus:
Many simply saw the 0-0 draw at SW6 against the Hammers as manager Sam Allardyce beating Jose Mourinho to his game- parking the bus.
After the game, Jose Mourinho characteristically said “One team play to win while the other plays not to lose”. That indeed summed the whole affair of the West London encounter as Big Sam and his boys simply played not to lose at Stamford Bridge.
Things have however, changed for both teams this season. Chelsea has solved their striker woes and now has a midfielder in the mould of Cesc Fabregas who can unlock the tightest of defence with flick of a pass.
West Ham on the other hand has moved on from playing too defensively to a more attractive style of play. They now possess players who like to play with the ball and take risk and not players who just seat back and defend.
Their new expansive style of play will afford Chelsea the opportunity to get at them. And when you come out to play the Blues without only sitting back, be sure they will hurt you with avalanche of goals.
Being the first match of the Boxing day BPL fixture, Chelsea will look to get an early win in order to widen the gap between them and the EPL-title chasing pack.
Chelsea currently tops the log with 42 points, 3 points above closest rival Manchester City and a win for the Blue tomorrow in the early kick-off will see a 6 point gap opened until Manuel Pallegrinni’s men play West Bromwich Albion latter in the day. This could also help mount pressure on City knowing that they need to win to keep sight of Chelsea.
This match is billed for Stamford Bridge and West Ham doesn’t seem to have a good result at the Bridge. The 0-0 draw last season has been the only time in a long while the Hammers are taking a point out of SW6.
Chelsea also boasts an impressive home record this season being the only team in the league with 100percent home record. Chelsea have won all their home matches in the league so far this season and this West Ham game looks like one in which Chelsea will wrap up the three points after 90minutes.
One of the banes of Chelsea last term was the unavailability of a potent striker. This saw most of our goals coming from midfielders and it was easier for teams to mark out our midfielders hence, preventing us from scoring.
The acquisition of Diego Costa has changed that in no small measure. It becomes increasingly difficult to stop Chelsea from getting on the score sheet. Diego Costa has been a torn in the flesh of Premier League defenders and when he is not scoring, he is providing assist.
Cesc Fabregas’ intricate passes also means that Chelsea can split opposition defence with a pass rather than depend on long balls as have been the case before now. With our new attacking talents at their effusive display, expect West Ham’s defence to fall like pack of cards.
Christmas Gift For The Fans:
This is the only match Chelsea will be playing at Stamford Bridge within this festive period as the other matches come away at Southampton and White Hart Lane against Spurs.
The team will want to give the fans what to savour their festive celebrations with. A win would be an ideal Christmas gift for the manager, players as well as the millions of fans all over the world. A win as a gift will be well appreciated by the fans and the players knows that.