Good Sunday afternoon, welcome to the online broadcast of the sixth round of the Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and West Ham. The match starts at 15:00.
The Premier League picked up tremendous momentum at the start of the season. Just like the Czech league, there was an inserted round on the program in the middle of the week. There will be more of them this year due to the World Cup being played in the winter months. The inserted round helped the clubs that did not do well at the beginning of the season. Manchester United won away for the second time with a single goal, Liverpool also won their second win in a row in the 98th minute. Arsenal remained 100 percent, even the gunner Erling Haaland started the goal kicks in England. But we are waiting for a duel between two London teams, which definitely had higher ambitions than tenth and fourteenth place. In the derby at Stamford Bridge, we will see a confrontation between Chelsea and West Ham.
The Hammers did not start the season well at all. They lost to Manchester City at home, failed even at the ground of the newcomer from Nottingham and then at home even the well-playing Brighton was not enough. Lackluster performances from the props, zero points, no goals. She took this dismal balance last Sunday. Although West Ham did not show anything for almost 70 minutes on Aston Villa’s pitch, they still took their first win after Fornals’ lucky goal. It was expected whether this success would kick David Moyes’ charge. A tough duel was waiting for them. The first part on Wednesday brought a well-played Tottenham to the London Stadium. He led and dominated the first half. After the break, Tomáš Souček equalized and the Hammers took at least a valuable point. With four points, they are still fourteenth and the loss to the top of the table is not exactly small.
Czech midfielder Tomáš Souček was the target of great criticism from West Ham fans and experts at the beginning of the season. His pass success rate dropped to a woeful 64% against Brighton, he did not do well either in the end or in stopping the opponent’s attacks. Against Tottenham, however, it was a different Souček, he was more effective in defensive work, he got forward much more often and after the break he also finished excellently in the lime action, at the start of which Coufala’s car was apparently thrown badly. All of a sudden, the captain of the Czech national team received completely opposite comments. He will want to confirm his upswing in form today.
This is how West Ham’s starting line-up looks today. David Moyes believes in Emerson as a left-back, Kehrer, Zouma and Coufal will play next to him. Součka and Ric will be joined by Fornals and Bowen, Antonio in the attack and the team’s new record signing Lucas Paqueta jumps in at ten.
Even West Ham’s opponent is not having an ideal start to the new year. Chelsea have had a hectic summer in terms of signings. In the end, she managed to bring young stope Fofan from Leicester and experienced striker Aubameyang. But as a result, it is not that at all. In the first round, Thomas Tuchel’s team defeated Everton in Goodison Park thanks to a penalty. At home, however, they lost a win against Tottenham in the setup. They left the match in Leeds soundly defeated, where they lost to a motivated opponent 0:3. Although they beat Leicester 2:1 at home, even in a weakened state, they lost again away on Tuesday. Unexpectedly, the Blues lost 1:2 in Southampton. With seven points, Chelsea are currently tenth and must start winning.
This is how the eleven selected by Thomas Tuchel looks like. He is making his first appearance in Wesela Fofana’s starting line-up, starting in a three-man defense with captain Thiago Silva and Koulibaly. Marc Cucurella and Reece Jamec will provide the sides of the field. The center of the field will belong to Kovačić, who will rather defend and leave space for Loftus-Cheek and Gallagher to attack, then the two speedsters Sterling and Pulisic will start in front. Again, no typical striker plays like that.
Both teams are already on the pitch in their typical jerseys. The head referee is Craig Pawson.
Sterling wanted to go forward quickly, only to be stopped by Declan Rice. The visitors’ break also ended very early.
The opening minutes take place more in the center of the pitch, neither team has yet approached the opponent’s goals.
Cucurella sent the first cross into the box, but Kurt Zouma, a former Chelsea player, was the first to go to him.
Judge Medley did not argue with Loftus-Cheek. He too aggressively drove into Souček in the opponent’s half and immediately received a yellow card.
Sterling bravely charged into the box but was disarmed by Kurt Zouma before he could finish.
The home side are active, keeping the ball in West Ham’s half, but they haven’t got to the end yet.
Fornals tried to draw a cross to Antonio, but Thiago Silva intervened in time.
Thilo Kehrer deflected James’ cross at the last minute. But the German defender hit Souček and the ball went from him to Pulisic. However, the American’s shot went wide.
Mateo Kovačič tried it without preparation from a long distance. but his shot missed by about a meter.
Nice action Chelsea. Sterling was there again, pushing Pulisic, but Coufal stopped him in time.
Marc Cucurella is the second penalized ball when he illegally stopped the starting break led by Paqueta.
Soucek made a good shot in his own box after James’s cross, which should have found Pulisic.
The first half is over, we didn’t see a shot on goal and the score is 0:0.
The second act has just begun.
Wesley Fofana also wanted to try to shoot from a distance, but the shot did not fit him at all.
Kurt Zouma was in the right place at the right time for about the third time today. This time he deflected Sterling’s cross into the small area.
Antonio broke through from a corner but was alone against three Chelsea defenders.
Michail Antonio received a yellow card for a foul on Reece James and the subsequent shoving between the two players. The English defender also received a yellow penalty.
Double substitution from Thomas Tuchel. Mason Mount replaced Connor Gallagher and Armando Broja is on the pitch for Christian Pulisic.
Only after an hour of play did someone hit the goal today. After a deflected corner kick, Bowen volleyed and Mendy had to go into the air.
West Ham waited and struck as they often do from a set piece. The home defense fell asleep a lot, Mendy had to go out of the gate. But the ball only hit the back post, where Rice was lurking and returned the ball in front of the goal. There, Michail Antonio was ready and the ball arrived in the net.
Fabianski made an excellent run for the ball and did not let the home attackers finish.
Another double substitution in the Chelsea squad. Marco Cucurella was replaced by Ben Chilwell. Mateo Kovačič was then replaced by Kai Havertz.
David Moyes also substitutes. Mikhail Antonio was replaced by Said Benrahma.
After Sterling’s cross from the left side, the ball fell out of Fabianský’s arms, but Zouma cleared the ball in front of Broja at the last moment.
Chelsea got a comparison and it was also a rather unexpected goal. Silva’s kick was extended by Chilwell’s head past Kehrer and Coufal, who did not agree. The English defender ran the ball close to the goal line and sent the ball from an angle between the legs of the running Fabianski, who once again did not get along with Zouma. A very unlucky goal.
Sterling was looking for Broja or Mount in the box, but Fabianski was ready this time.
Lucas Paquetá finished today, replaced by Angelo Ogbonna. The home team will go into the game with 5 behind.
Home coach Tuchel also made the last change. Loftus-Cheek was replaced by the experienced Jorginho.
Pablo Fornals finished today, replaced by Maxwel Cornet.
New man Maxwel Cornet could decide. He remained all alone at the back post, but only hit the post with his header.
The Blues confirmed the old football rule “you don’t give, you get”. Not even a minute after Cornet’s stick, the home team takes the lead to their side. Broja found Chilwell in a tandem and his shot cross found a free Havertz in the box and he volleyed past Fabianski.
So this is a football steal for fans of football and especially West Ham. James sent an errant little one home for Bowen’s chance. Mendy ran in front of him in time, but he only went in front of Cornet, who cleared the ball away from the open goal. But the Chelsea goalkeeper claimed contact from the West Ham striker. Temn was completely innocent and certainly not foul. However, referee Madley unexpectedly called off the goal after examining the video situation.
Thilo Kehrer received a yellow card for protesting.
Kai Havertz still got a yellow card.
It’s over, Chelsea beat West Ham 2-1.
The London derby was tense as hell. For about an hour of the game, it seemed that both teams decided to put the spectators in the stadium and in the broadcast to sleep, because we did not see a single shot on goal. In the 63rd minute, however, Antonio opened the scoring after a corner kick. However, the visiting defense made a punishing mistake and Chilwell equalized after a quarter of an hour. It looked like a draw again, but incredible things happened at the end.
First, in the 86th minute, substitute Cornet hit the post behind Mendy with his head. A minute later at the other end, Havertz did better and the home Blues took the lead. A minute later, after a mistake by James, it was Cornet who equalized. But after watching the video, the goal was disallowed for an alleged foul by Bowen on Mendy. But he probably only saw the aforementioned referee and the goalkeeper of the home team, who was making a pass. The Hammers ended up without a point in the drawn match, Chelsea has three points with real luck.
That’s all from me about this match, thank you for your attention and I wish you a nice rest of the day.