Chelsea host West Ham at Stamford Bridge tonight in the London Electric Derby.
Although there are no fans at the bridge to attend the showdown, teams Frank Lampard and David Moyes will want to put on a show with pride – and points – on the line in the West of the capital.
Chelsea’s spending + £ 200m on summer transfers has made them a mandatory Premier League competitor whether Lampard wants to press or not, and two league defeats on rebounds mean a win is vital for the Blues – especially with Liverpool, Manchester United and Leicester City. Even big wins.
As for West Ham, Moyes defied expectations with a team behind Chelsea by just one point after 13 games – and the Hammers would be surprised.
With the match kicking off at 8 PM GMT, follow the action on our Live Match Blog.
How might West Ham be lined up
The eleventh expected (4-3-3): Fabianski. Koval, Diop, Ojbona, Creswell; Rice soucek; Snodgrass, Bin Rahma, Fornals; Haller
How can Chelsea line up
The eleventh expected (4-3-3): soggy. Azpilicueta, Silva, Zuma, Chilwell; Kante Mountain Havertz; Pulisic, Jerrod, Werner
Chelsea vs. West Ham predicted: 2-2 draw
You might expect Chelsea to overtake West Ham, but the final level of the Blues indicates they are ready for possession – and the Hummers beat Chelsea in their previous two league meetings.
Lampard would want a big backlash and the hosts could easily pull off a big win, but Moise’s men would imagine their chances of coming out with at least one point.
Results of Chelsea’s matches against West Ham in the Premier League
Last meeting: West Ham 3–2 Chelsea (July 1, 2020)
How to watch the Chelsea match West Ham
TV channel: The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
Live broadcast: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online at the Sky website or via the SkyGo app.
Latest West Ham team news
West Ham will inspect the match between Michael Antonio and Fabian Balboina. Antonio – who signed a new contract on Friday – is struggling to recover from a hamstring injury that kept him out of the last three matches, and Balbuena missed a 1-1 draw at Palace on Wednesday due to a minor blow.
Arthur Masuako is out after knee surgery.
West Ham temporary band: Fabianski, Koval, Balboina, Ojbona, Creswell, Rice, Sosik, Bowen, Haller, Fornals, Penrahma, Randolph, Diop, Johnson, Noble, Snodgrass, Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Antonio
Latest news of the Chelsea team
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech will face late fitness tests before the match.
The wards were absent due to hamstring problems, but returned to full training for the first time on Friday.
Lampard would apply the rule to both players at the last minute to see if they were ready or not, while Reese James could be rested.
Chelsea interim team: Mindy, Caballero, Arizabalaga, Rudiger, Christensen, Tomori, Zuma, Silva, Chilwell, James, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Gilmore, Mount, Havertz, Ziيت, Hudson-Odoi, Anjuren, Paul Werner, Jerrod
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