West Ham United v Chelsea – London Stadium – Premier League – Wednesday 8:15pm
West Ham United v Chelsea – Preview;
Brian Dear is counting his blessings that West Ham United remain outside the Premier League drop zone.
However, despite those around them seemingly making a hash of clambering clear of the bottom three, the former frontman has called for some urgency and bravery from the Hammers – beaten in their last two matches – to spearhead their own scramble to safety.
“What with all the other teams down the bottom tripping up, I think we’ve just about used up all our luck,” Dear explained to Yellow Sport.
“It’s quite incredible that we are still above the relegation zone. The players must take heart from this – it is in their hands – they have to step up and prove to the supporters that they are capable of winning football matches.
“The first two performances have been lifeless – we never really looked like winning the games and certainly didn’t appear capable of retrieving the situation once we went behind.
“That’s a worrying scenario. We can’t invite teams onto us and expect to hold out. We are at the wrong end of the table for a reason – we don’t seem capable of keeping a clean sheet at the moment but lack a threat of our own.”
Dear hoped that will change on Wednesday night against a Chelsea side looking the part since returning to action.
“Frank (Lampard) has them ticking nicely at the moment – they look really good. West Ham has done reasonably well against them in recent meetings – winning at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. I’m hopeful that we can replicate that type of display which was disciplined and resolute. We never looked like losing.
“I’m going to back the boys in this one. We’ve had two matches, the minutes are in the bank. Everyone connected with the club has read the criticism from the fans. That should be hurting them, it should provoke a response.
“Of course, people will be looking at the games with Watford, Burnley Norwich and Villa – targeting them. But the truth is, we are in no position to pick and chose when to turn up.”
West Ham United v Chelsea – Head to head;
West Ham United won; 41
Chelsea won; 50
West Ham United v Chelsea – Last five meetings (all competitions);
December 9, 2017 – Premier League
West Ham United 1-0 Chelsea
April 8, 2018 – Premier League
Chelsea 1-1 West Ham United
September 23, 2018 – Premier League
West Ham United 0-0 Chelsea
April 8, 2019 – Premier League
Chelsea 2-0 West Ham United
November 30, 2019 – Premier League
Chelsea 0-1 West Ham United
Brian Dear’s prediction; West Ham United 2-1 Chelsea
Jeevesie’s prediction; West Ham United 0-2 Chelsea