By Will Butcher
Michael Ballack believes West Ham can cause an upset against league leaders Chelsea by securing a point at the London Stadium.
Retired midfielder Ballack, who played for Chelsea for four years between 2006 and 2010, lined up against London rivals West Ham on six occasions throughout his Blues career.
Now a pundit with German television, Ballack predicted on his personal Twitter account that the two sides will play out a 1-1 draw in east London on Monday night.
— Michael Ballack (@Ballack) March 6, 2017
The Hammers come into the game on a run of good form that has seen them win three of their last six Premier League encounters, losing just once to Manchester City.
However, Slaven Bilic’s side would do well to avoid a 12th league loss of the season against Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, who remain seven points clear at the top of the table.
Italian Conte has watched from the dugout as Chelsea have won seven of their last nine league and cup encounters, drawing the other two matches against Liverpool and Burnley.
Bilic will be boosted by the belated return of star striker Andy Carroll, but will be without Michail Antonio who received his marching orders last time out against Watford.
Ballack, a 98-time Germany international, made 168 league and cup appearances for Chelsea as well as playing for Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and Kaiserslauten.
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