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Premier League: West Ham hope to capitalise on under-par Chelsea

Lee Gormley | October 22, 2015

West Ham United v Chelsea

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, October 24th
  • Kick-off: 15:00 BST
  • Upton Park, east London

Hammers host stuttering champions Chelsea

Chelsea have endured an underwhelming start to the defence of their Premier League title but will look to continue a recent revival over West Ham United, a side who has won only once in their last 18 domestic meetings.

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Jose Mourinho’s under-performing Blues returned to winning ways with a victory over Aston Villa in their last domestic outing, and now face a West Ham United outfit sitting in fourth-place and enjoying life under Slaven Bilic.

The Hammers have lost four of their last five meetings with London rivals Chelsea and the Blues have managed to keep a clean sheet in the previous five encounters, making Mourinho’s men 17/10 with Coral to win to nil this time out.

Although, the hosts have already shocked Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City so far during their sensational start to Bilic’s reign in east London and they are 11/4 to add Chelsea to their hitlist on home turf this weekend.

Bilic begs for home improvement

Those impressive victories over some of the top-flight’s big guns came on their travels though, with West Ham somewhat struggling to replicate the same distinction in front of the Upton Park faithful this term, and it’s an issue Bilic wants his players to overturn quickly.

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“We have to improve our home form,” stated the former Croatia boss. “We have to be more patient when we play at home. We are going to try to continue to play good football. With a bit of luck and staying away from injuries we have a chance in every game.

“Every game in the Premier League is extremely dangerous. All the opponents are top class.

“I want my team to shoot more, sometimes we wait too much in a clear-cut situation. You have to try your luck around the box. We don’t have to do it better. We need to do it more.”

Costa and Payet set to star

The Hammers coach will be without defender Winston Reid for the Chelsea clash, with on-loan Victor Moses also unable to feature against his parent club, but they possess enough firepower in their ranks regardless.

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French playmaker Dimitri Payet has created more chances than any other player in the top tier so far this campaign and has also struck five times himself, making the dangerous attacking midfielder 11/4 to dispatch again anytime.

The visitors overcame Villa 2-0 last time out, with Brazilian-born Spain international Diego Costa rediscovering his clinical eye for goal and, having struck in this fixture last term, the ferocious frontman is 4/1 to open proceedings for a second successive league outing.

Leicester City v Crystal Palace

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, October 24th
  • Kick-off: 15:00 BST
  • King Power Stadium, Leicester

Claudio Ranieri’s high-flying Foxes face Palace

Leicester City have not toppled their next opponents Crystal Palace on home soil since November 2011, with the Eagles having soared to a comfortable victory in both of last season’s clashes, but there could be a backlash at the King Power Stadium.

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Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes are flying high in fifth-place in the top-flight table, a single point ahead of Palace, but must be wary of Alan Pardew’s men bouncing back from a recent home defeat to West Ham.

The visitors are 11/2 to recover from that Hammers loss with a third consecutive win to nil in this fixture on their travels to Leicester, while the hosts are 6/5 to earn three points in their own backyard.

Vardy vindicating England call-up

Recently-capped England international forward Jamie Vardy has been the catalyst for Leicester’s inspired form this term, and Ranieri had to categorically deny his star striker could leave in January.

“There is always speculation but we will not sell him. Nobody goes in January,” stated the Italian coach.

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“That’s categoric. We want to achieve our goals here. I need – and the club needs – all our best players to stay.

“What he is doing is fantastic and I hope he can continue, but it’s important that he doesn’t think about the goals, but that when he comes off the pitch he is happy with his performance.”

Cabaye class pivotal to Palace

Vardy is 4/1 for a brace or more in his latest outing as he searches for Premier League history. A strike against Palace would see him become only the eighth player ever to score in seven successive Premier League games, potentially joining the likes of Alan Shearer and Ruud van Nistelrooy in that illustrious list.

France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been one of the signings of the season so far, helping Pardew’s Palace reach dizzy heights in these early stages, and he is 10/3 to add to his four strikes already this campaign.

With both teams pushing higher up the table than possibly expected and only a point separating them at this stage, a stalemate in this intriguing encounter in Leicester is 12/5.

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