West Ham United fans in the Transfer Tavern will be looking for the club to take the momentum from their 3-0 victory against Southampton last weekend into their match with Chelsea.
Locals will know it is a big game against London rivals, but with the form that the Blues are in, many of the Hammers will be hoping they can take advantage and repeat the same result they had in December. Punters will have been given some encouragement in the transfer market as well, an error many of the fans are unhappy with, as reports are suggesting Fedor Smolov could be set to leave Krasnodar in the summer.
Russian media publication Sport-Express claims Sergei Galitsky would consider a move for the Russia international should an acceptable offer be tabled, with £15million being touted as a price for a deal to be struck.
The Hammers have been interested in Smolov for a while and should they be able to retain their Premier League spot, they would be in a position to make an offer for Krasnodar to consider.
West Ham fans in the Tavern will be encouraged with the news that the Russia striker could be available to join the club in the summer after failing to get him in January, with the local’s keen for the board to spend money to help them improve and strengthen.