Free Soccer Picks & Tips for Chelsea vs. West Ham

Nila Amerova

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:19 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 4:19 PM GMT

Chelsea take on a hapless West Ham United at Stamford Bridge in week 23 of EPL betting. With early odds already in full swing on this midweek clash, find out how Chelsea will line up against West Ham and what value soccer picks we’ve discovered.

Chelsea hot on the trot

Chelsea have reeled off six straight wins since their Boxing Day victory over Swansea City to maintain their place in the chasing pack. And with a seventh straight win all but on the cards when the Blues next take on a very beatable West Ham United, Chelsea are sure to continue applying pressure on Arsenal and Man City, if not overtake them all together by the end of week 23 as both aforementioned rivals are slated to take on much tougher tests in Southampton and Tottenham, respectively.

Chelsea made light work of Manchester United at the weekend, heaping more misery on David Moyes and his men with a resounding 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge. What’s more, the victory extended Mourinho’s home-field dominance to 70 games (an unbeaten streak that comprises both his tenures with Chelsea).

Chelsea are sat third in the table on a 15-4-3 record and 49 points, two points adrift of Arsenal and a point behind Man City in the table. Most recently, they boast a seven-game undefeated streak (home and away across all competitions), which includes six wins and a draw.

Predictably, Chelsea enter their upcoming engagement with the Hammers as the solid -500 favourites to win outright at Bet365, which, are very backable soccer odds—even if a tad high – given Mourinho’s preternatural unbeaten streak at Stamford Bridge. What’s more, the sheer lack of opportunism demonstrated by the Hammers this season should encourage soccer bettors to come out of the pocket for Chelsea.  

West Ham United descend on Chelsea with all the panache and swagger of a fraidy-cat, listed at a whopping +1200 at Bet365 to win outright. Recently humiliated by Man City in League Cup action 9-0 on aggregate after succumbing to a 3-0 defeat at Boleyn Ground in the second leg, they are expected to receive a third beat down in as many weeks and that can’t possibly sit well with them. Only so many demoralising defeats a side can take.

Making matters worse is the fact that even the draw is listed out of their reach at +550 soccer odds or thereabouts depending on the online sportsbook of choice.

Overall, West Ham United are mired in the relegation pit, in 18th place with a 4-6-12 and 18 points. Road form is a discouraging 3-6-9. They are 1-1-3 in their last five fixtures home and away.

Soccer Betting Verdict

Chelsea are huge favourites to win outright at -500 soccer odds at Bet365. A high price tag but decidedly backable given their current form and overall home form under Mourinho. Thus, they are our recommended soccer pick for this fixture.

The notion that West Ham United would not only orchestrate the upset at Stamford Bridge but also end Mourinho’s unbeaten streak at Stamford Bridge is exceedingly optimistic, if not ridiculous even. The market obviously concurs listing the Hammers as the +1200 underdogs. Besides, their first date with Chelsea this season resulted in a 3-0 defeat at Boleyn Ground on November 23 – speaking of which you can find the Over 2.5 at -211 and a similar score listed at +650 at Bet365.

Additional value soccer picks include Chelsea to win both halves at -175 and Chelsea on the handicap at -2 +138.

Free Soccer Picks: Chelsea to win outright at -500; Over 2.5 at -211

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