It has taken Chelsea just five matches to lose as many Premier League games this season than they did in their first 14 games of 2021/22 and their first 12 games of 2020/21 (2). The Blues have suffered defeats to both Leeds and Southampton in their start to this season, exact fixtures that they won by an aggregate score of 9-0 last campaign.
A defeat against the Hammers will see Thomas Tuchel’s side equal the clubs record for their worst start in a season, when they also lost three of their opening six games in 2015/16. A start that saw Jose Mourinho sacked before Christmas.
They do have an impressive home record against this weekend’s opponents however, losing just one of their last 16 league games against the Hammers at Stamford Bridge.
West Ham came back from behind against arch rivals Tottenham on Wednesday, putting in a much improved second hand performance, one they will hoping to build on at Stamford Bridge. Tomas Soucek scored the Hammers’ first home goal of the season, after a fantastic flick by Michail Antonio allowed the midfielder to fire past Hugo Lloris.
It was a much needed goal for David Moyes’ side, with his side struggling for goals, netting just twice in their opening five games and converting just 3.4% of their chances.
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Chelsea vs West Ham match stats
Raheem Sterling has found his feet incredibly quickly at Stamford Bridge,scoring three and providing an assist in his last four Premier League games. The former Man City man has scored three of Chelsea’s last four goals and has been directly involved in three goals in his two Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
Sterling also has an impressive record against the Hammers, scoring eight goals and providing six assists and has been directly involved in more goals against West Ham than any other opponent.
David Moyes has never won a Premier League game against Chelsea and another defeat here would equal his record for the most games against a single opponent without a win (18 vs. Arsenal).
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