The end of the Premier League season is fast approaching and we have a huge fixture this weekend to look forward to on the VSIN EPL Betcast when West Ham host Chelsea at the London Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 12:30 p.m. ET).
This is a huge London derby but not only for local bragging rights and the chance to be the top team in the capital, but much more importantly the winner of this match has a great opportunity to make the top four at the end of the season -- which will guarantee them Champions League football.
Currently both teams are sitting on exactly the same points (55) with Chelsea just ahead of the Hammers on goal difference, sitting in fourth in the standings. Tottenham and Liverpool are just behind, looking to take advantage of any slip-ups. This is a must-win match for both teams.
West Ham have been superb this season and have been the surprise side in the EPL. Manager David Moyes would be my choice for coach of the year, but he heads into the vital period of the season with injuries to key players and without a full-strength side to choose from. It's hard to make a case for the Hammers, even at what does appear to be a rather inviting + 350 odds.
The draw might appeal at + 260 but that is not a really good result for either side. I am expecting Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel to be a little bit more attack-minded in this one, and with West Ham's injuries I have to take Chelsea at -120 to get a vital three points.
Chelsea were poor in their last start (a 0-0 draw with Brighton) and although they face Real Madrid in Spain in the Champions League semifinal first leg on Tuesday, I would still expect whatever side the Blues start with to be to strong up against a West Ham side that could be without Declan Rice, Aaron Cresswell, Michail Antonio, Mark Noble and Arthur Masuako.
This is a difficult one on the goal markets, as West Ham matches have been highly entertaining clashes with over 2.5 cashing in seven of their last 10 games and a staggering 21 goals scored in their last four matches, but Chelsea matches under Tuchel have had under 2.5 goals landing in 17 of the German's 20 games in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Given that this is a Betcast as well, betting overs might not be a sensible thing to do. However, I do expect goals and I am going to keep it safe and take both teams to score "yes", which looks a better play at -110 odds.
It's hard to have an opinion on any goal-scorers until we see the starting line-ups which both managers decide to start with, so until the match gets in-play those are the only wagers that I want to have pre-match.