MANUEL PELLEGRINI was rewarded for his squad tinkering as West Ham got their first win of the season thanks to a brace from Andriy Yarmolenko in his first Premier League start.
The Chilean made six changes to the starting line-up, most since January 2014, but his experiment worked and the Hammers comfortably beat Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park.
Chelsea were surprised by Cardiff’s early lead last week but Eden Hazard stepped up his game and scored a hat-trick as the Blues defeated the Bluebirds 4-1, making it five straight wins in a row.
Marko Arnautovic had a stellar performance against Everton, scoring a goal and adding an assist to his tally.
The Austria international is having a remarkable year as only Mohamed Salah has contributed to more Premier League goals than Arnautovic (16) in 2018.
Known for his bad temper, he has kept his poise for a while now and become a central figure in West Ham’s team who takes responsibility on his shoulders.
West Ham splashed £36m for Felipe Anderson but he is yet to show his full potential for the Hammers.
The team’s fans have seen glimpses of his talent and skills, dribbling in particular, but the Brazilian tends to wane as a game goes on.
Anderson has contributed to a one goal only for West Ham and needs to step up as Pellegrini’s men are facing a tough Premier League campaign.
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The stat that matters
Since his debut in the Premier League, Eden Hazard has contributed to 114 goals for Chelsea, scoring 73 and assisting 41.
No other Premier League midfielder has been involved in more goals than the Blues’ ace during that time.
West Ham: Fabianski, Masuaku, Diop, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Rice, Anderson, Obiang, Noble, Yarmolenko, Arnautovic
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpillicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Hazard, Giroud
What the managers said
Following West Ham’s victory over Everton, Manuel Pellegrini said: “I was worried about the game, because I was absolutely convinced we must win. We have been very unlucky to lose the three last games.
“It’s easy to change and say this isn’t the right way, but i am completely convinced it is. We tried to score goals form the first minute and we did it.”
After the win over Cardiff, Maurizio Sarri said: “I think in this moment we are very dangerous in the offensive phase but we are not so solid as I want in the defensive phase. We need to improve, but we are able to and can improve very quickly.
“I thought Hazard was one of the best players in Europe, but now I am changing my mind that he is the best. I think Hazard can improve more. I think that he can spend less energy than now at 50 or 60 metres to the opposite goal.”
West Ham are looking to build on their first Premier League win. Chelsea might feel tiredness following their Europa League clash on Thursday and a trip to London Stadium can turn out tricky. We’re thinking a 2-2 draw.
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