Chelsea VS West Ham United Semi-Finals Live Reddit Score 4 Dec 2021
Thomas Tuchel gambled with a weakened lineup against Watford midweek, and thanks to some good fortune (and the lack of meddling kids), got away with it, too, as Chelsea grabbed all three points at Vicarage Road to keep us a point clear at the top of the table. To say that a better effort will be needed from the Blues tomorrow at the Olympic Stadium against West Ham United might be the understatement of the year.
Getting Reece James back from his ankle knock should be helpful in that cause, as should Jorginho, Hudson-Odoi, and several others getting a rest on Wednesday. This will be our third league game in seven days, which is a silly stretch, but we can look forward to a slightly more reasonable fixture list after this, with clear opportunities for rotation and rest. So just have to push through and get three points, which we haven’t done too often away against the Hammers lately.
Chelsea were fortunate to win at Watford on Wednesday, and their manager Thomas Tuchel admitted it afterwards. I am expecting a reaction from them on Saturday – and a much-improved performance – because they rarely play poorly two games in a row.
The Hammers’ tally of 20 top-flight wins in 2021 is their highest in a single calendar year since 1986 – only Manchester City and Chelsea have better records since the turn of the year (with 30 and 22 victories respectively).
David Moyes has won only five of his 32 league matches as a manager against Chelsea. All five victories have come at home, including two with West Ham. Michail Antonio has scored 11 Premier League goals in London derbies and registered 10 assists – both figures are club records. Tomas Soucek has scored six headers since making his debut in February 2020, ranking him third in the Premier League during that period.
There is a chance that the Hammers could have dropped to fifth by the time that this match kicks off, with fifth-placed Arsenal away to Manchester United on Thursday night, but a win would see David Moyes’s side end the next set of fixtures in the top four regardless of what happens elsewhere.
West Ham suffered a 2-1 defeat at Manchester City last weekend but were on the verge of securing a huge three points at home to Brighton on Wednesday, only for Neal Maupay to come up with an 89th-minute leveller for the Seagulls, meaning that Moyes’s team are now without a victory in their last three league encounters.
A victory over Chelsea would lead the Hammers nicely into back-to-back away games against Burnley and Arsenal, but a defeat would certainly leave them vulnerable, with plenty of teams looking to capitalise behind them.
West Ham lost both league matches against Chelsea last season, including a 1-0 defeat at the London Stadium, but they did record a 3-2 victory over the Blues on home soil last July.
Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United in the league last weekend but managed to return to winning ways on Wednesday, recording a 2-1 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road.
Hakim Ziyech’s effort in the 72nd minute proved to be the difference between the two sides and ensured that the Blues would remain top of the table entering Saturday’s London derby.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are seemingly involved in a three-way title race with second-placed Manchester City and third-placed Liverpool, and the European Cup holders could easily find themselves down in third position if they fail to overcome the Hammers.
Chelsea have a relatively kind festive fixture list, facing Leeds United, Everton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa and Brighton before the end of the month, but January’s first two league matches are against Liverpool and Man City.
Tuchel claimed that his side were “lucky” to triumph at Watford on Wednesday, and the German will undoubtedly be looking for an improvement in this weekend’s contest with Moyes’s side.