Chelsea drop first points of season in draw at West Ham

24 September, 2018, 01:38 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • [Teams] West Ham vs Chelsea: Confirmed Line-Ups From The London Stadium

Top scorer in the Premier League with five goals and a couple of assists to his name, scorer of a hat-trick last time out against Cardiff, all the talk pre-match was about how West Ham would have to contain Chelsea's No 10 to take anything away from the game.

"It was a good point against the leaders and a team that scored 14 goals in the first five games", manager Manuel Pellegrini said.

Giroud was picked ahead of Morata for the match against West Ham on Sunday, with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri opting for his greater physical presence, but the French World Cup victor struggled to impose himself. In the last two or three matches, we have done very well. His presence allowed Chelsea to go direct if necessary, but he spurned two half-chances in the first period and thereafter he hardly featured before being replaced by Morata.

This time he was denied by a point-blank save from Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with his thigh at the near post.

On the half-hour Felipe Anderson neatly skipped past Cesar Azpilicueta before slipping the ball through to Antonio, who skied his shot from a tight angle.

Despite dominating possession, Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw at The London Stadium.

Chelsea nearly took a half-time lead when Hazard picked out Willian, who had got in behind Anderson at the far post, but his volley was just too high for N'Golo Kante, whose diving header rolled inches wide.

The match fell into a similar pattern in the second half, Chelsea searching for openings around the West Ham box but Felipe Anderson and Yarmolenko looked risky when the home side broke forward. We need more movement without the ball.

In his place was Michail Antonio, and the two best chances of the first half fell to the former Nottingham Forest man.

Chelsea were very fortunate not to go behind with 13 minutes remaining as Snodgrass nearly made an immediate impact. Dear me, Yarmolenko. This is the chance for West Ham, but it's gone begging. The Hammers will head into the match as underdogs due to their torrid form in the ongoing Premier League campaign while Chelsea are favourites to clinch the tie given they are yet to be defeated in the 2018-19 season.



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