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Chelsea v West Ham United – Stamford Bridge – Premier League – Saturday 3pm
Chelsea v West Ham United – Preview:
BRIAN DEAR admitted his beloved West Ham United could be staring down the barrel of a particularly difficult afternoon when they travel across the capital to face rejuvenated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Hammers have picked up just two Premier League points from the last twenty-one on offer, a run which has seen them slip within three points and one place of the relegation zone.
Stand-in goalkeeper, Roberto, has been lambasted by supporters and the media following a series of high-profile errors, while the pressure has ramped up on manager, Manuel Pellegrini, with Eddie Howe, Rafa Benitez and former boss, David Moyes all touted to replace the Chilean, should the West Ham hierarchy chose to act.
And with Chelsea currently playing some of the best football in the country, Dear is fearful that Saturday could be catastrophic for the east Londoners.
“It has been quite painful and nobody seems to be taking responsibility,” Dear told Yellow Sport.
“The goalkeeper continues to struggle and that has had an impact on the defence. Admittedly, Tottenham was far better than us last week, but at least two of the goals were handed to them and it has to be said, the scoreline papered over the cracks.
“And it’s even more of a worry going to Chelsea. Frank Lampard wouldn’t think twice about handing West ham a thrashing – He’d love it. Frank has had his hands tied in terms of transfers into the club, but that has actually worked in their favour.
“Tammy Abrahams, Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi have all benefited and proved themselves – not only for Chelsea but on the international stage as well. They look hungry and above all, they are enjoying their football – the polar-opposite of what I’m seeing at West Ham at the moment.”
Dear continued: “This has all gone wrong pretty quickly for West Ham. One minute we are beating Manchester United, the next we don’t know when we will win again? Is it the manager? Is it the players? Everyone needs to pull together and take their share of the responsibility.
“We are not too good to go down. I think it’s fair to say that most of the teams around us at the bottom are playing better than we are at the moment. I’m extremely worried about the situation.
“I always try to be positive about the Hammers, but I’ve already written off Saturday and so have most of the supporters I’ve spoken to. I’d love the team to prove us all wrong and get something at Stamford Bridge, but the truth is I think we will be on the wrong end of something nasty which could prompt a change from the owners.”
Chelsea v West Ham United – Head to head:
Chelsea won: 50
West Ham United won: 40
Chelsea v West Ham United – Last five meetings (all competitions):
March 6, 2017 – Premier League
West Ham United 1-2 Chelsea
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
Brian Dear’s prediction: Chelsea 4-1 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Chelsea 3-0 West Ham United