Our football match prediction:
West Ham United created a number of clear-cut chances to score against Sunderland, but they scored the winning goal in the dying minutes of the game. The Hammers regained a much-needed confidence and they will be looking to build on the victory when they welcome Chelsea at London Stadium in Wednesday’s EFL Cup game. Slaven Bilic’s men defeated Accrington Stanley in their first game in the competition, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Chelsea. The Blues outclassed Manchester United (4-0) at the weekend and it is more than obvious that Italian tactician Antonio Conte is doing a great job with the Stamford Bridge outfit. Both West Ham and Chelsea are likely to stick to their attacking style of play and we predict that both teams will find the net in Wednesday’s football match. When the two sides met at Stamford Bridge earlier this season Diego Costa scored a late winner for Chelsea (2-1).
Highlighted Player (Payet):
Dimitri Payet was born in Saint-Pierre, Reunion on 29 March 1987, but he joined Le Havre’s famous youth academy in 1999 and has since enjoyed a meteoric rise. The attacking midfielder started his professional career at Nantes, but top French clubs soon started casting admiring glances his way and he went on to represent Saint Etienne, Lille and Marseille, becoming one of Ligue 1’s leading footballers. However, it was the move to West Ham that placed Payet on the map as the Frenchman enjoyed a brilliant start to his career in England, making the PFA Player of the Year Shortlist. Some excellent performances in the Premier League persuaded France coach Didier Deschamps to reinstate Payet into his starting line-up and the midfielder paid the coach back with some scintillating displays on international stage. Excellent with the ball at his feet and very dangerous from set pieces, Payet quickly established himself as one of Europe’s top midfielders, with the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal and other top clubs now after his signature.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game. Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash. After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.