West Ham vs Chelsea predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture today

Chelsea visit West Ham in the Premier League today in a fixture that could be decisive in the race for Champions League qualification.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Brighton in their last fixture but moved above West Ham into fourth after the Hammers were beaten 3-2 away to Newcastle last weekend.

The two teams are level on 55 points ahead of the meeting at the London Stadium, with Liverpool and Tottenham two points behind.

Chelsea will also hope to emerge from Saturday’s match unscathed with a trip to face Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals to come on Tuesday.

Here’s all you need to know ahead of this afternoon’s match.

When is it

The match will kick off at 5:30pm GMT on Saturday 24 April.

How can I watch

The match will air live on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League with coverage starting at 5pm GMT. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

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What is the team news?

West Ham are likely to be without Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku, while Declan Rice and Michail Antonio remain long-term absences. David Moyes will also be unable to select Craig Dawson after the defender was sent off in the defeat to Newcastle.

Matteo Kovacic has been ruled out of Chelsea’s next two games due to injury, but Tuchel has no other injury concerns. The Chelsea manager has confirmed that Edouard Mendy will start in goals after Kepa Arrizabalaga played the last two matches.

Possible line-ups

Fabianski; Coufal, Balbuena, Diop, Ogbonna, Johnson; Noble, Soucek; Fornals, Lingard, Bowen

Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic

Prediction

This timing of this match comes at a far from ideal time for both teams, given West Ham’s injuries and Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid around the corner. Moyes’ side have played out three 3-2 scorelines in a row, with a 3-3 draw before that, while Chelsea have typically been involved in low-scoring affairs under Tuchel. Expect this one to go Chelsea’s way, but only just. West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

Odds

West Ham: 15/4

Draw: 14/5

Chelsea: 3/4

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