This London derby has the potential to go the distance and it could go either way.
West Ham v Chelsea - Wednesday 19:45
West Ham have smartened up their act since the watershed 3-0 home defeat against Southampton, taking seven points from three matches and conceding just one goal in the process. Prior to that, they had shipped 14 goals in four straight league defeats following on from the shock Europa League exit to Astra Giurgiu.
All of which just goes to show what an impact the knockout competitions can have on morale for any mid-table and amid all the talk of safety concerns surrounding the London Stadium ahead of this game, it seems to be overlooked what an opportunity this could be for the Hammers to spark their season back into life. To make any new home feel like home, special memories are needed.
However, there’s no escaping the fact Chelsea are the better side and they won’t be taking this lightly, so the incentive and sense of occasion alone might not be enough to fire Slaven Bilic’s men to victory. With neither team involved in Europe, the draw over 90 minutes is a very interesting proposition at 3/1. Neither side should be in a hurry towards the end of normal time.
Indeed, given Chelsea’s exertions against Manchester United on Sunday, playing 25 hours after the Hammers, there’s high potential for this to go the full distance. Split a point between West Ham to win on penalties and Chelsea to win on penalties, both of which are available at 16/1 on the method of victory market.