West Ham United are in the perfect position to defeat their next Premier League rivals, Chelsea, this weekend and strengthen their chances of finishing in the top six.
Following a tiring schedule of fixtures for David Moyes’ squad over the past month, the Hammers have had a full week to recuperate ahead of their Premier League bout against the Blues.
Despite a dip in league form, largely due to the demands of European football, this weekend’s fixture offers a lot of promise going forward.
Chelsea currently sit third in the league and would traditionally be a very difficult opponent to overcome. However, circumstances this week gives the Hammers a better chance.
Chelsea have also endured several tough matches over the past week, losing 3-2 in extra time to Real Madrid in the Champions League final and then being thrashed 4-2 at home to Arsenal earlier this week.
In comparison to the Hammers, David Moyes’ squad have had a well-earned week’s rest before having to play Chelsea, Arsenal and Eintracht Frankfurt twice in two weeks.
On top of the extra break, history has shown that West Ham often show up in the important, big games – especially over the past couple of seasons.
The Hammers have won three out of their past five matches against the Blues, including beating them 3-2 in their December home fixture – courtesy of an incredible Arthur Masuaku strike.
As well as this, the Hammers have beaten the traditional ‘top six’ sides five times already this season, cementing their status as a team that can rival England’s elite going forward.
Despite several injury struggles hitting West Ham in recent weeks, the club is still well equipped to provide an upset against their London rivals this weekend – and supporters will be backing the team all the way to come back with all three points.