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West Ham vs Chelsea: Premier League – LIVE!


Chelsea make the short trip from west to east of the capital knowing that victory over their rivals would increase their title lead back to four points, with fellow contenders Manchester City and Liverpool both in action later today.

However, Thomas Tuchel’s usually dominant side have somewhat flattered to deceive of late, being lucky to beat Watford in midweek after recent draws against Manchester United and Burnley.

Another subpar display this afternoon would leave them at serious risk of losing their place at the top-flight summit.

West Ham are also looking to rediscover some momentum after a worrying blip following the most recent international break.

After a run of four successive wins, David Moyes’ suddenly profligate team haven’t triumphed in any of their last three games, losing to Wolves and Manchester City before a frustrating draw with Brighton on Wednesday.

The Hammers remain fourth and a point ahead of Arsenal, but will be hoping for a statement performance today to reassert their Champions League credentials.

Follow West Ham vs Chelsea with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below, with expert analysis from James Robson and Jack Rosser at the London Stadium!

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Chelsea team news – Lukaku to start?

Romelu Lukaku has had his minutes carefully managed by Thomas Tuchel since recovering from an ankle injury, but could return to the Chelsea starting lineup this afternoon.

Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Timo Werner are all back in contention for Chelsea today, but Trevoh Chalobah has joined Mateo Kovacic and Ben Chilwell in the treatment room with a thigh issue sustained at Watford in midweek.

Chelsea predicted XI: Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; James, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Havertz

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West Ham team news – Cresswell still a doubt

It remains to be seen if Aaron Cresswell will be fit enough to return for West Ham this afternoon.

The trusty left-back missed the midweek draw with Brighton after painfully colliding with a goal post against Manchester City, though did return to light training on Friday.

West Ham’s one confirmed absentee is influential central defender Angelo Ogbonna, who suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage against Liverpool last month could miss the remainder of the season as a result.

West Ham predicted XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Dawson, Johnson; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals; Antonio.

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How to watch West Ham vs Chelsea

TV channel: Today’s game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 11:30am.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the game online through the BT Sport website or app.

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Welcome to West Ham vs Chelsea LIVE coverage

Good morning and welcome to Standard Sport’s live coverage of what is sure to be a fiery lunchtime derby at the London Stadium as old rivals West Ham and Chelsea collide.

Chelsea can go four points clear at the Premier League summit with a win today and pile the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool ahead of their matches later today, but another underwhelming performance would see Thomas Tuchel’s men at huge risk of being replaced at the top.

Meanwhile, West Ham are clinging onto fourth spot after completely losing their impressive momentum since the last international break, going from a run of four straight victories to not winning any of their last three games.

Another loss here would leave them very vulnerable to the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, who are close behind.

Kick-off today is at 12:30pm GMT, so stay tuned for match build-up plus the latest team news and live updates, including expert analysis from James Robson and Jack Rosser at the London Stadium.

This should be a cracker!


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