Michael Owen predicts West Ham v Chelsea
By Dominic Toner
Michael Owen has predicted that West Ham will suffer a defeat when they face Chelsea in the Premier League.
The Hammers host their London rivals on Monday night and have already beaten them once at home this season, recording a 2-1 victory in the EFL Cup.
However, the Blues won the league clash at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season by the same scoreline.
West Ham will be hoping to return to winning ways after consecutive draws against Watford and West Brom.
They welcome a Chelsea side that are strong favourites to wrap up the league title this season as they are 10 points clear at the summit.
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Ex-Liverpool and England striker Owen has tipped Chelsea to win the match, with both team to score.
“It promises to be a Cup-tie atmosphere at the London Stadium with plenty of goals and incidents – but it is Champions-elect Chelsea to come out on top for me,” Owen wrote in his BetVictor column.
West Ham are currently ninth-placed in the league table and have managed to recover from a poor start to the campaign.
Slaven Bilic’s side are looking to consolidate their place in the top half of the table and adjust to life at their new ground.
They are unbeaten in their last three games since a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City, but will be looking for a better performance against one of the league’s top sides.
In other West Ham news, David Gold has delivered his verdict on the club’s 24-year-old ahead of Chelsea.