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West Ham vs Chelsea: Premier League preview and prediction

Amid the ongoing fallout from the European Super League fiasco, the Hammers remain in with a chance of joining Leicester City in breaking the supposed ‘Big Six’ and reaching Europe’s top table next season.

A win over the Blues would go a long way to achieving that, while Chelsea will know they likely have to win given their far tougher run-in compared to the Hammers, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Date, time and venue

West Ham vs Chelsea is scheduled for a 5.30pm BST kick-off on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

The match will be held behind closed doors at London Stadium.

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How to watch West Ham vs Chelsea

TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.

West Ham vs Chelsea team news

West Ham will be without Craig Dawson following his two yellow cards last time out.

Jesse Lingard is expected to be back despite being forced off against Newcastle, though there is more concern over Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku.

Chelsea continue to manage Thiago Silva’s fitness. Mateo Kovacic is expected to miss out again.

West Ham vs Chelsea lineups

West Ham predicted XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Diop, Ogbonna, Balbuena, Johnson; Noble, Soucek, Fornals; Lingard, Bowen

Chelsea predicted XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Ziyech, Mount, Havertz

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West Ham vs Chelsea prediction

A very intriguing game that could well see a cagey game plan from each team, knowing that avoiding defeat is perhaps more important than trying to win – despite the tight race.

Both teams have the firepower, with Jesse Lingard seemingly unable to bag while Thomas Tuchel looks to have found a formula up front after sorting out his defence. A draw under the lights in London. 1-1 draw.

West Ham vs Chelsea head to head (h2h) history and results

  • West Ham wins: 42
  • Draws: 22
  • Chelsea wins: 51

West Ham vs Chelsea betting odds and tips (subject to change)

  • West Ham: 18/5
  • Draw: 27/10
  • Chelsea: 17/20
  • Both teams to score in first half: 7/2

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