MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
@Mark_Scott_: While Frank Lampard is exceeding expectations at Chelsea, his opposite number is falling well short of what West Ham were aiming for this season.
And while Manuel Pellegrini says “he never discusses the future with the club’s owners”, a difficult chat will surely be incoming if their poor run continues much longer.
Pellegrini is not the only Hammer in the spotlight though, with under-fire keeper Roberto in danger of the chop following his shaky showings.
Lampard’s main selection issue revolves around replacing Tammy Abraham after a midweek hip injury, while his other concern will be making things a lot tighter at the back than they were in Valencia.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard on Manuel Pellegrini: “He is a good man and manager, he will be working hard to turn them around.
“We all know the ruthless nature of the game. Every team, every owner, everyone wants to push.”
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini: “Our best starting XI, in all the positions, will start the next game.
“Of course it’s not a comfortable position [for goalkeeper Roberto]. He knows exactly about his performance, he has a career behind him, he has been a very good player in big teams so of course he cannot be happy in the moment, but it is what has happened and he must try to improve.”
West Ham are a worry. I thought this would be a season they would not be so inconsistent, with better players in the squad.
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 are unbeaten in 13 league games at home to West Ham since a 3-2 defeat in September 2002 (W9, D4).
- The Hammers have won just one of their last seven league matches against the Blues (D3, L3), with that coming under David Moyes in December 2017.
- Chelsea could win four consecutive home league games without conceding for the first time since a five-game streak from November 2014 to January 2015.
- This will be the Blues’ 250th Premier League game against London opposition (W128, D67, L54).
- Their 1.8 points-per-game ratio in London derbies is the best in the competition’s history.
- They have opened the scoring in 11 Premier League matches this season, more than any other side.
- Fewer than a third of Chelsea’s Premier League goals under Frank Lampard have been scored at home (nine of 28).
- Lampard won 13 of 19 Premier League games as a player against his former club West Ham, scoring seven times.
West Ham United
- The Hammers are winless in seven league games (D2, L5).
- They have lost their last three matches, conceding three goals in each defeat.
- West Ham have lost 99 Premier League London derby matches, more than any other side.
- Michail Antonio has scored in each of his last three Premier League London derby appearances.
- West Ham goalkeeper Roberto has, on average, conceded a goal every 41 minutes this season – compared to one every 72 minutes when Lukasz Fabianski plays.
- Sebastien Haller scored three goals in his first three Premier League appearances but has netted just once in his subsequent nine.