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Chelsea play host to London rivals West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, off the back of consecutive defeats against Everton and Wolves.
This is a must win game for Chelsea, in order to keep with the teams in front as we have entered a defining moment of the season.
The Hammers have known to cause Chelsea problems at times and are usually a difficult side to beat, but Lewis Jones in his Jones Knows Predicts column on Sky Sports has backed a 2-0 Chelsea win.
Jones doesn’t expect this game to be a banana peel for Chelsea, especially in the absence of Michail Antonio.
Jones predicts a 2-0 Chelsea win as he said on Sky Sports: “Some may have this down as another banana skin for Chelsea. Not me.
“Frank Lampard has so many attacking options available to him, it’s easy for him take an out-of-form player out of the limelight and replace him with a top-quality replacement. Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have looked a little jaded in recent weeks so freshening it up with Callum Hudson-Odoi or Hakim Zieych should kick Chelsea back into gear. Plus, Christian Pulisic showed moments of real quality in the defeat at Wolves – he might be about to hit top form.
“This is going to sound ridiculous after what he did on Wednesday night, but West Ham won’t be going anywhere fast with Sebastien Haller leading the line. In games where they have to sit back, his hold up play isn’t anywhere near the levels of Michail Antonio, who makes the pitch so big for West Ham and takes the pressure of his defenders.
“In fairness, the Hammers have won four of the last six games with Haller leading the line so I might be talking complete nonsense. However, they lacked imagination against Crystal Palace and in the win over Aston Villa – a theory backed up by a combined xG figure of just 1.08 in those matches. No problems for Chelsea expected.”