Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v West Ham
BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to ease to a 2-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday afternoon
Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to ease to a 2-1 victory over West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues will be eager to return to winning ways against rudderless West Ham in the London derby.
Chelsea FC saw their six-game winning run come to an end last weekend following a 2-1 defeat by defending Premier League champions Manchester City.
Frank Lampard’s side squandered a second-half lead to draw 2-2 with La Liga side Valencia at The Mestalla on Wednesday night to leave the Blues requiring a win against Lille in their final group-stage fixture to secure their place in the round of 16.
West Ham have lost five of their last six Premier League games, including a 3-2 defeat by Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur side at the London Stadium last weekend.
The Hammers haven’t won a Premier League game since 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the English capital on 20 September.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to ease to a narrow win against West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
“West Ham are a worry. I thought this would be a season they would not be so inconsistent with better players in the squad,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“Obviously there have been injuries, but Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is under pressure and there is a real chance they could slip into the bottom three. Chelsea are in good form and I can see them just winning this.”
Chelsea FC appointed Lampard as their new manager in the summer following Maurizio Sarri’s departure.
The Blues will start the Premier League weekend in fourth place and seven points clear of Wolves in fifth spot.