Premier League In Focus – Chelsea vs West Ham Preview

When? Sunday 8th April, 16:30 (UK)

Where? Stamford Bridge

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Premier League

Are tickets still available?

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Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Chelsea W2, West Ham W2, D1
Premier League meetings: Chelsea W24, West Ham W12, D7
All-time meetings: Chelsea W49, West Ham W40, D20

CHELSEA

Predicted line-up: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard

Unavailable: David Luiz (Injured), Ampadu (Injured)

Doubtful: Barkley (Injured), Zappacosta (Injured), Courtois (Injured), Pedro (Injured)

WEST HAM

Predicted line-up: Hart; Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku; Fernandes, Joao Mario; Arnautovic

Unavailable: Carroll (Injured), Obiang (Injured), Byram (Injured), Reid (Injured), Antonio (Injured)

Doubtful: Lanzini (Injured), Collins (Injured)

PREDICTION
Chelsea’s hopes of a top four finish have been further diminished after a home defeat to Tottenham last weekend, and this Sunday sees them play hosts to another of their crosstown rivals as West Ham make the short journey across the capital.

The Blues know that they are going to have to return to winning ways if they are to have any chance of closing the gap on Tottenham, but with an eight-point deficit with seven games remaining it may well be a case of too little, too late.

David Moyes’ West Ham side will come to Stamford Bridge rejuvenated after a vital win over Southampton last weekend and will look to take full advantage of a Chelsea side which will still be licking its wounds after a demoralising defeat last time out.

The Hammers picked up a win in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and this game will be a true test to see if Chelsea have waved the white flag in terms of their top four aspirations. That said, the home side go into the game favourites, a tag they should live up to this weekend.

MEMORABLE MEETING
The 2002-03 season saw a memorable clash between the two sides at Stamford Bridge although it is arguably one that Chelsea fans will want to forget. That’s because a Paolo Di Canio-inspired West Ham earned maximum points from this encounter.

The mercurial Italian scored a brace that afternoon, with the winner coming just five minutes from time. However, it was his first goal that earned the plaudits as he struck a sensational volley from almost 30 yards out to leave the home fans stunned.