Michael Owen predicts result of West Ham clash against Chelsea
West Ham host Chelsea on Saturday at the London Stadium, and Michael Owen does not see them getting a result against the league leaders.
The Blues are top of the Premier League table after 14 games, and with their position on the line when they take on the Hammers, Owen reckons a win is on the cards for them, predicting a 2-1 loss for David Moyes’ side in his BetVictor column.
West Ham are without a win since action resumed after November’s international break, but they will be keen to make a statement of intent when Thomas Tuchel’s men come visiting later today (4 December).
Owen said: “What a game to start the Premier League weekend! David Moyes must have been gutted to have conceded such a late equaliser to Brighton and West Ham are on a poor run of form at the minute.
“The good news is that they remain firmly in the top four race, but they need to start picking up more points.
“It wasn’t a dominating victory, but Wednesday’s win over Watford was vital for Chelsea. My only concern at the minute for them is the number of goals they are scoring. Lukaku is still working his way back to full fitness, so they need him back fit and firing.
“This will be a very even game, but I can see Chelsea narrowly edging it, 2-1.”
West Ham have done well against the teams above in the table this term, handing Liverpool a 3-2 defeat before losing 2-1 to Manchester City.
The league leaders will be presenting them with an entirely different challenge, though, and they need to prove their top-four credentials.
Chelsea have only lost once this season, drawing thrice, and the Irons will need to be perfect to get something against them.
Two of their draws have come in their last four games, though – against Burnley and Manchester United – and given that they laboured to a 2-1 win against Watford on Wednesday (1 December), playing them at the moment could be good news for West Ham.
If David Moyes’ side can manage to shut them out, a win cannot be ruled out should Michail Antonio and co convert their chances at the other end.
The form of the Jamaican international striker has been worrying, though, having gone five games without a goal or assist, and that has affected his side’s chances of recent.
West Ham will need him to turn up against the best defence in the land, and if he does, a win cannot be ruled out.
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