West Ham’s U23s will make the short trip to Aldershot Town’s ground to face Chelsea’s U23s this Sunday in Premier League 2 Division One, with kick-off at 12:05pm.

The Hammers, who currently sit third in the league table, play the West Londoners at a good time, with the hosts not having won a game in their last five fixtures.

Finisher

The Hammers’ 20-year-old Spanish striker Toni Martinez is in great form, and is the top scorer in the whole division with seven goals.

He comes into this game after scoring a hat-trick in his previous game against the Manchester United U23s.

In Form

After being promoted last season, the East Londoners have started off life in the top tier brilliantly and have shown that they can compete with the best academies in the country.

Terry Westley’s side have scored three goals against Tottenham, four against Manchester United and five against Swansea City already.

However, they have been leaky at the back with 12 goals conceded in their opening seven encounters.

Opposition

West Ham’s last meeting with Chelsea at this level was under the old format in May 2015, when an injury goal from Josh Cullen sealed a 1-0 win for the U21s.

Chelsea have won just won game this campaign, and a win for them could see them rise up to four places in the table.

The Blues have not been afraid to call upon the help of first team players, with the likes of Eden Hazard and Charly Musonda making appearances for them so far this season.


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