West Ham may have produced a far better performance at Manchester City than they had managed at Everton a few days earlier, but both matches ultimately ended in defeat, thus leaving the East London outfit bang in trouble towards the foot of the table.
High-flying Chelsea are hardly the opponents that David Moyes would have chosen to face in such circumstances, though a visit from one of their biggest rivals should ensure that the atmosphere at the London Stadium is turned up a notch or two.
Unfortunately for the Hammers, there is little in their recent Premier League home record against the team from Stamford Bridge to suggest that they have anything to look forward to here, with the previous 11 meetings resulting in eight defeats.
Throw in the fact that Antonio Conte’s men have returned with maximum points from ten of their most recent 13 top-flight trips and it is easy to see why our Kickoff predictive algorithm gives them a 65% chance of emerging victorious here.
In a clash in which we do not expect both teams to score (53% chance), but that should serve up over 2.5 goals (53% chance), 0-3 (8% chance) emerges as a potential scoreline that would deepen the gloom for West Ham.
Alvaro Morata (20% chance) and Eden Hazard (17% chance) boast 14 Premier League goals between them so far this season, so it is hard to look too far beyond either member of this attacking partnership in the first scorer stakes.