All the talk on Christmas day this year, will be about a jolly fat man who brings plenty of joy to millions of people around the world. He also manages West Ham and has managed to reignite Stewart Downing’s career. That man of course, is Big Sam Allardyce.
But unfortunately, no matter how much festive love we have for Big Sam, Boxing Day looks set to be one of little cheer for the Hammers faithful as they travel across the capital to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Not only does West Ham’s record against Jose Mourinho look bleak, so does Allardyce’s, as The Special One prepares to give Sam a stuffing.
The Hammers don’t have many fond memories of their time at Stamford Bridge – winning just four times there in Premier League history. In fact the last time they won there was 2002, when Paolo Do Canio got an 84th minute winner. Back then Blazin Squad were number one, and twerking was where Yorkshire people went at 9am Monday to Friday, rather than a gyrating dance move.
Jose Mourinho has never lost to West Ham while he’s been Chelsea gaffer – winning six and drawing one of their seven games. He’s also never lost to the tactical-mastermind that is Big Sam Allardyce. No matter what Allardyci threw at the Special One during his spell at Bolton or West Ham, he has never picked up three points, drawing three games and losing five. The way he went on about last season’s 0-0 however you’d think West Ham had just won the league.
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So Chelsea are a model for your accumulators at 1/3, but at such skinny odds they might not attract your attention for a single bet. A little dig deeper however might throw up a chunk of value.
Mourinho has kept five clean sheets in eight games against Sam Allardyce-managed sides, plus he has kept four clean sheets in seven games against West Ham. In fact in West Ham’s last seven trips to Stamford Bridge they’ve failed to find the onion bag on five occasions. That’s despite playing prolific top flight strikers such as Andy Carroll, Ricardo Vaz Te, Carlton Cole and Freddie Sears.
Chelsea are 6/5 to win to nil against West Ham, and when you consider Mourinho’s side have six clean sheets in their eight home league games this season it certainly has more appeal than the straight 1/3 that they win. West Ham have found the net in every away league game this season, but don’t expect the travelling fans to have much to cheer come Boxing Day this year.
As a cheeky festive bonus our number-crunchers in Power Tower dug into the stats and found you’d have more cash in your pocket this season backing Chelsea to win 2-0 instead of just backing Chelsea to win.
- Chelsea have won 13 games this season and if you put £10 on Jose Mourinho’s side to win every week, you would currently have just £8.70 in profit. Let’s be honest profit is profit, but it’s barely going to stretch to a takeaway this week
- However, if you put £10 on Chelsea to win 2-0 every week, you’d have £110 profit, a far juicier return
- This is because five of Chelsea’s 13 wins this year have been by that scoreline, including four of their eight home league games. Leicester, Arsenal, West Brom and Hull have all been beaten by that scoreline at the Bridge this season
It’s 6/1 for Jose Mourinho to pick up another 2-0 win – their third on the spin the league – and if you’re looking for a juicy price to get into on Boxing Day, that could just be the ticket.
- Ho Ho Jose! Will it be a very merry Christmas for the Blues? Get the latest odds here: Desktop | Mobile