West Ham United vs ChelseaEnglish Premier League, KO: 16:30 Aug 20, 2023, London Stadium
WEST HAM UNITED and Chelsea both earned draws last week and have made big moves in the transfer market this week ahead of Sunday's London derby.
The Hammers conceded a late goal at Bournemouth and while the Europa Conference League champions will have been frustrated with that, they at last moved to spend their Declan Rice transfer money.
After a difficult summer with question marks over David Moyes' future, over £60 million was invested in the arrival of midfield duo James Ward-Prowse and Edson Alvarez from Southampton and Ajax.
But of course that faded into insignificance when Chelsea splashed out a whopping £115 million to land Brighton's Moises Caicedo to take their summer spending past the £300 million barrier.
Last week, they went toe-for-toe with Liverpool and recovered well after a sluggish start to rescue a deserved point in what was an entertaining clash at Stamford Bridge.
Both sides will look for far better domestic campaigns this term with West Ham embroiled in a relegation battle and Chelsea mid-table also-rans in a nightmare season.
How the bookies view it
Chelsea are odds-on with nearly all firms although 888sport stick their neck out to go evens on an away win.
Recent head to heads
Last season, the sides drew 1-1 at the London Stadium while Chelsea edged a home win 2-1.
The season before it was a home win apiece.
Players to watch
Even in a truly dismal campaign for Southampton last term, new signing James Ward-Prowse still managed 11 goals for the Saints. He is 13/2 to mark his Hammers bow with a goal at bet365.
Chelsea paid just over £30 million to Villarreal for Senegal striker Nicolas Jackson and he looked a real hard-working handful last week against Liverpool. He is 15/8 to score anytime with bet365.
Anything else catch the eye?
It would take a brave punter to lump on to a new-look Chelsea side at evens or odds-on here and there are still plenty of questions to be answered by Mauricio Pochettino.
The call here is for both sides to collect their second draw of the season – the same as last season's fixture here ended.
New West Ham signing Edson Alvarez will e eager to impress and loves a tackle. In what should be a feisty affair, he looks good to be carded at 7/4 with bet365, given he collected an impressive 12 bookings last season in the Netherlands!
This English Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea will be played on Aug 20, 2023 and kick off at 16:30. Check below for our tipsters best West Ham United vs Chelsea prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.