West Ham vs Chelsea prediction: How will Premier League play out today?

Chelsea travel to London rivals West Ham today in a massive clash in the battle for the Premier League top four.

The race for Champions League qualification is too close to call with the two teams level on 55 points ahead of the meeting at the London Stadium, and Liverpool and Tottenham just two points behind.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were frustrated in the 0-0 draw against Brighton on Tuesday, but the result still moved the Blues up to fourth place after West Ham were defeated 3-2 by Newcastle last weekend.

Chelsea also visit Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday and the German coach will be hoping for no fresh injury concerns for his players ahead of the first leg in Spain.

Here’s all you need to know before the match this afternoon.

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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