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West Ham Vs Chelsea: Prediction, Team News, Stream And Odds

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West Ham Vs Chelsea: Prediction, Team News, Stream And Odds

West Ham United welcome Chelsea to east London on Saturday for one of the biggest Premier League games of the season - with both teams gunning for a coveted Champions League spot.

After Chelsea's sensational decision to walk away from the controversial European Super League earlier in the week, the club now need to secure Champions League football for next season more than ever.

But West Ham are desperate to mix it with the big boys and their boss David Moyes will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat against Newcastle United and cause an upset here.

Chelsea's Kante is almost certainly in the frame to return in midfield
Chelsea's Kante is almost certainly in the frame to return in midfield
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Moyes has now seen his side ship at least two goals in their last four Premier League matches - a statistic that will become all the more worrying now that defender Craig Dawson is suspended for this game.

Home is where the heart is for the Hammers, though, as they have taken 13 points from the last 15 on offer at the London Stadium.

Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel could become the first Chelsea manager in its history to navigate his first ten away games unbeaten on Saturday.

Here, SPORTbible previews what could very well be a decider for the fourth Champions League spot.

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How to watch West Ham vs Chelsea

The match will be televised on Saturday, April 23 on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 5pm.

West Ham vs Chelsea predictions and betting odds

The Blues eased to a 3-0 triumph over West Ham back in December, during which the forgotten man Tammy Abraham netted twice.

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The Hammers have recently been hit with injures and suspensions at the worst time possible, but this should still be a fascinating battle between one of the best home teams in the league and Tuchel's away day specialists.

The Blues have only managed to win one of their last four league games as FA Cup and Champions League fatigue catches up with them.

And with West Ham boasting a respectable home record against their London rivals, it is expected that this clash could finish all square in a result that will not do much good for either side.

West Ham are 15/4 to win, with Chelsea priced at 8/11 to come away with the victory. A draw is priced at 11/4.

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Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

Prediction: 1-1

West Ham team news and injuries

Craig Dawson's two yellow cards in the Newcastle defeat means that he is suspended for this fixture, so Fabian Balbuena could deputise at the back if Aaron Cresswell fails to overcome a thigh problem in time.

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Fabian Balbuena is likely to be at the heart of West Ham's defence with Craig Dawson suspended
Fabian Balbuena is likely to be at the heart of West Ham's defence with Craig Dawson suspended

Recent reports regarding Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku's fitness have not been positive, so Ben Johnson could start on the left once again.

Meanwhile, star man Jesse Lingard was also forced off at St James' Park, but is not thought to be carrying anything more serious than cramp.

Chelsea-linked Declan Rice will not get the opportunity to impress against his former club as he nurses a knee problem, while Michail Antonio remains on the long-term absentee list for the hosts.

Chelsea team news and injuries

As for the Blue, Mateo Kovacic's hamstring problem is the only major concern for Tuchel, who should be able to call upon Thiago Silva after he sat out the goalless stalemate with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Chelsea's Kante is almost certainly in the frame to return in midfield
Chelsea's Kante is almost certainly in the frame to return in midfield

Cesar Azpilicueta and Ben Chilwell also enjoyed rare rests in midweek and the duo should displace Kurt Zouma and Marcos Alonso this weekend.

N'Golo Kante also looks in the frame to return, which could push Mason Mount further forward as Hakim Ziyech makes way, while Timo Wener is aiming to displace Christian Pulisic on the left-hand side of the attack.

Kepa Arrizabalaga kept Edouard Mendy out of the team for the visit of Brighton, but the former Rennes man will likely return in between the stick this weekend.

Topics: Chelsea, Premier League, West Ham

Robert Mann
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