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West Ham vs Chelsea PREVIEW

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The English Premier League, December 04, Kick-off 12:30 GMT

West Ham vs Chelsea PREVIEW STATS

WEST HAM STATS

West Ham have lost two of their last four Premier League London derbies (W1 D1), as many as they had in their previous 10 such games (W4 D4). However, they won their last derby match in the competition against Spurs, last winning consecutive meetings with London clubs in January 2019 (a run of three).

West Ham have won three of their last six home Premier League games against Chelsea (D1 L2), as many as they had in their previous 14 such games against them in the competition (D3 L8).

West Ham are winless in three Premier League games (D1 L2), last having a longer run without a win in their final four matches of 2020 (D3 L1).

CHELSEA STATS

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has won eight of his nine Premier League London derby matches (L1), with the Blues scoring 17 and conceding just twice in these games. In English top-flight history, the German has the best win rate in such games among managers to take charge of more than one (89%).

Chelsea have won their last seven away league London derbies, an all-time record in the top four tiers of English football. The Blues have kept six clean sheets in this run, with their only goal conceded coming via Christian Benteke in April.

Chelsea did the league double over West Ham last season. They last won three in a row against them in the Premier League between March 2010 and April 2011.

Chelsea have made 50 changes to their starting XI in the Premier League this season, the most by a side after 14 matches of a season since Man Utd in 2009-10 (also 14 games); the only team to make 50 earlier into a season was Man Utd again, in 2001-02 (12th game).

TOP PLAYER(S) STATS

Against no side has Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku scored more Premier League goals than he has against West Ham (9). He could become the seventh player to net double figures against the Hammers in the Premier League, which would be the most opposing players to score 10+ against a side in the competition.

West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek scored his 15th Premier League goal last time out against Brighton and Hove Albion, with only Michail Antonio scoring more for the Hammers (25) since Soucek’s debut in February 2020. Only three Czech players have ever scored more goals in Premier League history: Patrik Berger (38), Milan Baros (28) and Tomas Rosicky (19).

With five goals and five assists, Michail Antonio has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last 10 Premier League London derby appearances. Antonio is the only West Ham player in Premier League history to register double figures for both goals (11) and assists (10) in London derby matches.

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