Crikey, according to the pundits and the bookies West Ham United might as well not turn up at the London Stadium to face 'high flying' premier league leaders Chelsea. Those old stalwarts at the BBC have most definitely written off Slaven Billic's chances of obtaining a second victory this season over Antonio Conte's side, an achievement no other side has managed! There are those who say West Ham United's victory over Chelsea in the EFL cup was against a 'weakened' side, however those people seem to forget that it was close to a 'full' strength side by the end of the match with Conte having to throw on his 'big guns' like Diego Costa in order to try and get a result. betfair mobile seem to be the only organisation that gives West Ham any hope of even getting a draw let alone a victory, of course Hammers will be missing player of the season Mikael Antonio for the match as he serves his one match suspension for picking up two yellow cards against Watford at vicarage road during the last fixture before the 'Dubai' bonding break. Chelsea have benefited greatly by West Ham's re-invention of Victor Moses, who had led a 'loaned existence' from his parent club and been all over the place, that all changed when he was given the chance to shine by Slaven Billic, Moses will probably return the favour by scoring against the team that helped him find his feet, that is the way of the footballing world!
Finally, if you are a season ticket holder, please go to the match! If you sell your ticket via ticket exchange you will get bugger all for your ticket, so why not be part of the crowd? The atmosphere at the last fixture was buzzing despite the odd bit of minor aggro, and with better security in place there really is no need not to attend. The London Stadium is finally becoming more like home, and there isn't much better than a derby match under the lights against top opposition, these nights are special, if the result is positive you can say you were there, just like those who went to the EPL fixture without expectation but full of hope, some call it blind faith, we prefer to call it the West Ham way! - Ed