West Ham United and Chelsea will meet in a huge London derby on Saturday with the teams level on points and chasing a top-four spot in the Premier League.
Jesse Lingard’s addition had provided the Hammers with a big boost in their quest for Champions League football. He has scored nine goals in 10 league appearances for the team, and bookmaker 10Bet has the odds at 3.10 for him to score again. 10Bet also has a large selection of player props available for the game.
Lingard started life in London with a brace in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa and he’s been on fire ever since adding three assists to the goals. The Manchester United loanee has finished without a goal involvement just once – in a goalless draw against Fulham.
Mick Quinn, Les Ferdinand and Bruno Fernandes are the only players in Premier League history to be involved in more goals through their first 10 outings for a team (13).
Lingard’s hot form has carried the side through a rough spell in terms of injuries. Aaron Cresswell and Declan Rice have been injured during a vital part of the season and both Angelo Ogbonna and Michail Antonio have also missed significant time.
Now, Lingard gets the ultimate challenge against a Chelsea team that has conceded very few goals under Thomas Tuchel. Tuesday’s goalless draw with Brighton marked the 15th clean sheet the Blues have recorded in 20 games with the German in charge.
The team has lost just twice in all competitions since Tuchel arrived but Tuesday’s result was a disappointment for Chelsea as they blew a chance to open up a gap ahead of West Ham.
Tuchel has a chance to become the first Chelsea manager to go unbeaten in his first 10 away outings at the club. To reach the historical milestone, his team has to match a very strong home team – only Manchester City (38) have picked up more points at home than West Ham (31) this season.
Away outings against West Ham haven’t brought a lot of joy to Chelsea in recent years with the team managing only one win in their last five visits.
The match comes just three days before Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, so West Ham might be facing a distracted team here, which should boost their chances of success.