Our prediction for this Premier League match:
There will be fireworks when West Ham United and Chelsea face each other in the London derby on Saturday. The Hammers dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Brighton, but despite the share of spoils they remained in the Champions League berth. Michail Antonio and Co. are eager to stay in top four, and they will surely give 100% to put an end to their three-game winless run. Both Ogbonna and Reid are sidelined with injuries for the hosts, while fellow defender Creswell should be fit for the match.
The Blues, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over Watford in their last league match, with the team retaining top position in the standings. Fit-again striker Romelu Lukaku is pushing for a start, while Trevoh Chalobah has joined Benjamin Chilwell and Mateo Kovacic in the recovery room. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Chelsea have been in a much better form of late than West Ham.
Highlighted Player (Andriy Yarmolenko):
Arguably the most exciting Ukrainian player at the moment, Andriy Yarmolenko is the 26-year-old forward, who can play wide as a winger and fill in numerous positions in attack. Over the past few years there has been a gathering feeling that the player has outgrown the Ukrainian League and that with the player surpassing the 200-game mark for Dynamo Kyiv Yarmolenko should be heading west to Europe’s brighter stage.
Wanted and scouted by Spanish giants Barcelona, Yarmolenko attracted interest from many other clubs, predominantly from the Premier League, and was even close to joining Everton in summer 2016, but the Goodison outfit’s offer came too late to the Ukrainian club.
Talented forward is a free-scoring machine who has already scored more than 115 goals for the club he spent his entire career with. The two-footed winger is equally adept through the middle and is a versatile force that would be a good addition to any self-respecting European side.
Yarmolenko made hi Ukraine debut in 2009 and has so far been capped 63 times, during which he scored 26 goals for the national set-up.
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.