But Stelling does not foresee them fairing so well this time around, and believes that their hosts, who could climb as high as fifth with a win, will pip them to the post.
If this game had come a week ago, you would have had to have the Hammers down for a loss in this one. After all, their form was so shockingly bad that there were serious concerns over Manuel Pellegrini’s job security. Now, obviously one game doesn’t absolve him or his side of that dreadful streak, but West Ham looked infinitely better against Chelsea, and you can’t help feeling that they may have turned a corner, even just slightly. More importantly, they managed to grind out a result away from home with just 34% possession, as per the BBC. You wouldn’t be surprised to see that performance used as a blueprint for their clash with Wolves on Wednesday night, and if they’ve managed to upset the odds once already in the past few days, you wouldn’t bet against them doing again. A win feels unlikely, but certainly a lot more possible than it did this time last week.