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West Ham vs Chelsea: Top-four hopefuls to share spoils

Kick-off: 1730, 24/04/2021

Stadium: London Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

West Ham’s clash with Chelsea could have a huge bearing on the Premier League top four placings, with both teams level on points with six games left to play.

The Hammers are unbeaten in five home games and have not lost to the Blues at this venue for the past three seasons, so the visitors offer little value at odds-on.

We’d rather go with United to avoid defeat at 21/20 for our first West Ham vs Chelsea prediction.

A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds

West Ham’s hopes of securing Champions League football next term took a hit when they went down 3-2 at Newcastle last weekend.

However, there were excuses for that loss, with an own goal conceded and veteran defender Craig Dawson sent off on 36 minutes.

Despite being down to 10 men, the Hammers rallied from 2-0 behind to draw level through Issa Diop and Jesse Lingard, but Joe Willock’s late strike sent them home empty handed.

David Moyes refused to be too downbeat, stating: “The players stuck to their task, so it’s not a big drama. We’re not going to make big issues out of it.

“We’ve had some great results this season. This one wasn’t so good, but we came very close to getting a result, I’ve got to say.”

United had previously picked up 13 points out of 15 on home turf, which included fixtures against Tottenham, Leeds, Arsenal and Leicester.

They have gone 18 games at London Stadium since last failing to hit the back of the net here, so we like 15/4 for a score draw from the West Ham vs Chelsea odds.

Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Diop, Johnson, Lingard, Noble, Fornals, Soucek, Bowen.

Lingard has been passed fit after limping off last week with cramp. Dawson is suspended while Declan Rice and Michail Antonio are still out injured and Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku are doubts.

A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds

Chelsea nudged above West Ham on goal difference on Tuesday night but will have been frustrated by a goalless stalemate against Brighton at Stamford Bridge.

An incident-packed night off the field, which saw the European Super League proposal collapse, wasn’t matched by events on the pitch.

The Blues had 64 per cent of the possession, but Brighton went closest to breaking the deadlock when Danny Welbeck hit the bar from long range.

Thomas Tuchel felt facing Porto in the Champions League and Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals may have affected his team.

“I fear I will never be pleased with a point at Stamford Bridge,” said Tuchel. “It was clearly our target to win the home match, even if we knew it’s a tough one.

“Maybe we lacked one day extra in between matches to be a bit more relaxed, to be a bit fresher. But we have to admit also there were huge distractions on our game.

“Given all the circumstances, we are clearly not happy but have to accept we did not deserve more today, which was maybe for the first time.

“We will see if it’s in our hands for the top four…that’s how it is and we have to keep on going.”

Given that Tuesday’s European Cup trip to Real Madrid is on the horizon, Tuchel faces some tough selection headaches again here.

We’re adding 17/4 for this to be a draw at half-time and full-time to our West Ham vs Chelsea betting tips.

Last Chelsea line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Christensen, Zouma, James, Jorginho, Pulisic, Mount, Ziyech, Havertz.

Mateo Kovacic will miss out with a hamstring problem. Chelsea are otherwise at full strength, with Tuchel having already confirmed that Edouard Mendy will start in goal ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Additional stats

Last result:

Newcastle 3-2 WEST HAM – Issa Diop, Jesse Lingard (pen)

CHELSEA 0-0 Brighton

Head-to-head: Chelsea 3-0 West Ham, West Ham 3-2 Chelsea, Chelsea 0-1 West Ham, Chelsea 2-0 West Ham, West Ham 0-0 Chelsea

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