CHELSEA can take advantage of West Ham’s poor home record at the London Stadium.
That is according to player-turned-pundit Paul Merson.
The Hammers have looked far less secure defensively in their new ground compared to at Upton Park.
Slaven Bilic’s side made their former east London a fortress during last year’s final campaign, losing just three times there in the Premier League.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have flourished, earning them a 10-point gap at the top.
And Merson feels they have too much in their strongest XI for West Ham to cope with on Monday (8pm).
“Chelsea look like a well-oiled machine at the moment which is showing no signs of any faults,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“They did lose to West Ham at the London Stadium in the EFL Cup earlier in the season, but I do not expect a repeat performance.
“I expect Chelsea to win this game.
“West Ham have struggled in front of their own fans and are a better side away from home.”
Hammers star and Blues target Michail Antonio is also absent for next week’s London showdown due to suspension, leaving Andy Carroll with plenty of weight on his shoulders.
West Ham’s record at home this season against big sides has been significantly worse than against lesser teams too.
Bilic’s side have lost 5-1 to Arsenal, and were also beaten 5-0 and 4-0 by Manchester City in the past three months.