Chelsea vs West Ham United 01/29/2014 Free English Premier League Soccer Pick and Preview
Chelsea (15-4-3) West Ham United (4-6-12)
Wednesday 29th January 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Chelsea 1/5 Draw 15/2 West Ham United 21/1 See the Latest Odds
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Jose Mourhino has been saying in the media that his side is improving but that they cannot win the league, personally i think Mourhino's team is well capable of taking the title. Selling Mata to Manchester United may prove to be the best move Chelsea make as Mourhino has now made one of the top teams in the league stronger however his side do not have to play United again this year. With Hazard, Oscar and Eto all firing on all cylinders Chelsea look like a team capable of beating anyone on their day. Playing at home has always been Mourhino's teams strong point and Chelsea have not lost at home in the league under Mourhino a stretch of over 90 games now, an amazing record.
West Ham United are sitting in the relegation zone at the moment, the hammers have brought in five players in the January transfer window and with Andy Carroll and Joe Cole returning from injuries West Ham almost have a new team available to them. Sam Allardyce will be under pressure to keep his job though if West Ham's current form continues. The Hammers have lost four of five and seven of their last nine and really that is relegation form. Can the Hammers turn things around starting with a London Derby against Chelsea?
This game is a classic trap game, at 1/5 Chelsea are not a value bet at 21/1 are West Ham? Possibly. This is a london derby and london derby's are never all that predictable. While Chelsea won at the weekend against Stoke they struggled to put the game away and while they still were comfortable winning 1-0 I'm not sure how they will handle the physical Andy Carroll and trickier of their former player Joe Cole. I dont love this play but I'm going to take West Ham +2 on the handicap at 5/4, at worst I think we push. Follow on twitter@antonpippo