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15.8. PREMIER LEAGUE: CHELSEA - WEST HAM BETTING PREVIEW

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Chelsea and West Ham wrap up the opening Premier League round with their clash on Monday at Stamford Bridge. The vastly reformed Chelsea are trying to get their season off to a better start than last season, which was a complete disaster and still fresh in the memories of both the players and fans. Meanwhile, West Ham will be attempting to show that their strong 2015/16 was no fluke.

20:00 CHELSEA - WEST HAM

Chelsea are ruthlessly trying to get back to the Premier League elite after the worst title defence ever. Last season's reigning champions dropped down to 10th last campaign, and now Italian manager Antonio Conte has arrived to put an end to the slump. The fresh Italian's CV does show that he has the pedigree to achieve just that.

West Ham on the other hand are trying to pick up where they left off last season. One of the most refreshing teams of the season, the Hammers battled their way to seventh, which also meant they made the Europa League qualification rounds. Slaven Bilic's men play a hard-working and fast style of football, and the confidence they gained last season will probably mean that fans will be treated to more of the same. New signings, Sofiane Feghouli and Andre Ayew in particular further strengthen the Hammers. However, the most important thing they've done this summer is that they have kept hold of superstar Dimitri Payet. The Euros showed that his amazing debut season in English football was not down to luck.

Chelsea have also strengthened significantly in the summer. Leicester's midfield dynamo N'Golo Kante has joined to add steel to Chelsea's options in the middle of the park, and big things are expected of young forward Michy Batshuayi, although his best years are still far ahead of him. Kante will definitely be in the starting eleven come Monday, while Batshuayi will probably be looking to make an impact off the bench.

West Ham's preparations for the new season haven't gone entirely to plan, as they've only managed to pick up two wins from their eight preseason fixtures. The Hammers also surprisingly lost 1-1 to Slovenian outfit Domzale in the Europa League qualifying round. The Londoners have also faced a lot of injuries, as both Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini are sidelined for a long time. Chelsea are without Kurt Zouma due to a foot injury, while John Obi Mikel is in Rio representing his country in the Olympics.

Chelsea are without a doubt the favourites in their opening match, and it will be interesting to see what Conte has managed to do over the summer. The Italian has demanded a performance from his players, especially at home as that was where they were at their most abysmal last season. The Blues conceded the third most goals at the Bridge compared to the rest of the league, and if the Chelsea defence haven't yet been able to embrace Conte's teachings, the West Ham duo of Payet & Ayew could do a lot of damage.

Games between the two sides last season:

19.3.2016 Chelsea - West Ham 2-2

24.10.2015 West Ham - Chelsea 2-1

 

BETTING ODDS:

Bet Chelsea X Manchester United
1x2 8/15 (Unibet) 13/4 (Unibet) 11/2 (LeoVegas)
Handicap Chelsea -1: 37/25 (Unibet)   West Ham +1: 7/5 Bet365
Asian handicap Chelsea -1.5: 8/5 (LeoVegas)   West Ham +1.5: 26/50 LeoVegas
Over/under 2.5 goals Under 2.5: 4/5 (Unibet)   Over 2.5: 107/100 Betsson
Both teams to score Yes: 81/100 Betsafe   No: 97/100 (LeoVegas)

  

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