West Ham v Chelsea: match preview

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West Ham and Chelsea duking it out for a place in the top four should easily be the game of the weekend (sorry Carabao Cup final) and could be one of the game’s of the season. The bigger picture of the European Super League fiasco is a grim one but small thanks should be paid to Chelsea for firing up their rivals as a win for West Ham would leapfrog them above the breakaway boys in to fourth. Just thinking about the prospect raises a smile. The task for David Moyes is a tough one though without Declan Rice to martial a midfield loaded with quality on the other side of the ball. Jesse Lingard is incredible form though and a goal or two from him could be enough with Chelsea scoring only once in their past three matches in all competitions. Graham Searles

Saturday 5.30pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue London Stadium

Last season West Ham 3 Chelsea 2

Referee Chris Kavanagh

This season G17 Y53 R0 3.12 cards/game

Odds H 4-1 A 11-13 D 3-1

WEST HAM

Subs from Martin, Masuaku, Balbuena, Coventry, Alves, Johnson, Baptiste, Odubeko, Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Benrahma, Trott, Cresswell

Doubtful Cresswell (thigh), Masuaku (knee)

Injured Rice (knee, unknown), Antonio (hamstring, unknown)

Suspended Dawson (one match)

Discipline Y44 R2

Form WLDWWL

Leading scorers Lingard, Soucek 9

CHELSEA

Subs from Caballero, Mendy, Emerson, Anjorin, Gilmour, Werner, Abraham, Ziyech, Giroud, Chilwell, Azpilicueta, Hudson-Odoi, Kanté, Thiago Silva

Doubtful Thiago Silva (match fitness)

Injured Kovacic (hamstring, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y39 R2

Form WWDLWD

Leading scorers Abraham, Jorginho, Mount 6