West Ham v Chelsea – Preview

Having woken from their winless slumber to defeat Everton last time out, West Ham now have the task of trying to become the first team to take Premier League points off Chelsea this season.

The Hammers lost their opening four league games under new head coach Manuel Pellegrini, but the experienced Chilean got his tactics spot on last weekend, as the Toffees were beaten 3-1 at the London Stadium.

Arnautovic key for the Irons

Marko Arnautovic has been the star performer for West Ham so far this season, scoring three goals in five league outings, and whether he is able to feature by shaking off a knee problem could be pivotal to the final outcome.

Arnautovic is 3.10 to score at any time against the Blues and should he be ruled out, then the hosts – even at 5.75 – would be a major gamble to claim a victory over their London rivals.

Yarmolenko starts to shine

Ukrainian forward Andriy Yarmolenko was one of a number of big-money signings made by West Ham in the summer and, having struggled to make an impact previously, he burst into life against Everton as he scored twice.

He will need to show that sort of form once again if his side are to trouble the Blues and that will even more the case if team-mate Arnautovic is ruled out.

At 4.35 to score at any time, the former Dynamo Kyiv and Borussia Dortmund certainly carries some value into the game.

Recent clashes have been close

A positive for the Hammers, even if they do have to cope without Austria forward Arnautovic, is that they have pushed Chelsea close in their meetings over the last few seasons.

Not since December 2014 has either side won by more than a one-goal margin, with the Irons winning three and drawing two in the last eight meetings of the capital rivals.

With that recent record in mind, West Ham to win by one goal at 6.90 and Chelsea to win by one goal at 3.55 are both worth watching, as is both teams to score at 1.64.

Sarri defending perfect start

While Chelsea will be well aware of the recent results against their hosts, they will also be confident after making a flying start to life under their new boss, Maurizio Sarri.

The former Napoli head coach appears to have quickly put his stamp on the Blues, who have scored at least twice in all five of their Premier League games this term, winning all five to match Liverpool at the top of the fledgling table.

A switch in set-up has helped, with the arrival of Jorginho releasing N’Golo Kante to play a more advanced role in midfield.

However, there is little doubt who has been the standout performer for the Blues, with Eden Hazard having scored five goals in his last three games, including a hat-trick in the 4-1 thrashing of Cardiff City last time out.

The Belgian forward is 1.74 to score at any time, while 4.00 to net the first goal of the game offers more in the way of a possible reward.