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Chelsea vs West Ham predictions, preview & how everyone thinks each team will line up

By Harry Edwards

Published: 15:41, 7 April 2019

Chelsea will be looking to move into the top four of the Premier League when they face West Ham United on Monday.

The Blues have endured a weird season under Maurizio Sarri, starting really well before tailing off via humiliating defeats. Meanwhile, West Ham are trying to make a late push for seventh and scrape a potential Europa League spot.

Read on for Chelsea v West Ham live stream options, team news, predicted XIs, stats and TV channel info.

When is Chelsea vs West Ham?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Date: Monday, 8 April

Kick-off: 8:00 PM BST

Where can I watch live?

UK residents can watch Chelsea’s game against West Ham on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, channels 401 and 402 respectively for Sky viewers, and channels 511 and 512 respectively for Virgin Media users.


Despite Chelsea’s growth since 2000, West Ham have been somewhat of a bogey team for the Blues and are unbeaten in the past three games between the two sides.

Chelsea do still have the slight advantage over West Ham, however, winning 49 times to 40 with 22 draws.

Chelsea wins: 49 Draws: 22 West Ham wins: 40

Match preview

Monday’s game between Chelsea and West Ham could define the run-in for both clubs. For Chelsea, it may dictate whether they will have to put their focus on the Europa League for a place in next season’s Champions League.

The Blues are currently fifth in the Premier League, behind Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur with just six games remaining, but will have played a game more than both of their London rivals after their match against West Ham.

This means, as well as winning as many of their own games as possible – starting with West Ham – Chelsea will be relying on results elsewhere for their Champions League hopes.

Meanwhile, West Ham are trying to overcome a disastrous start to the season to secure an unlikely place in next year’s Europa League through a seventh-placed finish – though they are heavy outsiders in 11th as it stands.

But Manuel Pellegrini has done an admirable job to turn things around at the London Stadium and taking a tough West Ham side to Stamford Bridge could go some way to defining his first year in charge.

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Should Chelsea stick with Maurizio Sarri?

Despite Chelsea still being in with a chance of returning to the Champions League as we move into April, things aren’t exactly peachy at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri was supposed to bring attacking football to west London but has instead angered Chelsea fans with toothless possession play which has seen them score the fewest goals among teams in the top six.

The Blues have also been on the receiving end of heavy defeats to Manchester City and Bournemouth this season, leading many Chelsea fans to call for Sarri’s head – with some even boycotting matches.

But the Italian remains in charge and looks set to be at least until the end of the season – and could even continue into the new campaign if a Champions League spot is secured.

Could West Ham sneak a Europa League spot?

West Ham have been a strange side this season, earning positive results against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool but capitulating against Cardiff and Bournemouth.

In their past five games, the Hammers have won two and lost three including a tight 4-3 win over Huddersfield in which they had to come from 3-0 down against the bottom-of-the-table club.

And yet they find themselves with an outside chance of reaching the Europa League, currently five points behind seventh-placed Leicester City with a game in hand.

But it looks like they are to be let down by their disastrous start to the season and a tough fixture list towards the end.

After Monday’s match against Chelsea, the Hammers travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United and have another game against a top-six club in Tottenham Hotspur at the end of April.

Team news

With Chelsea also in Europa League action on Thursday, Sarri is faced with a selection dilemma. The Italian was forced to rest Marcos Alonso and Pedro against Brighton last week due to injuries but both are expected to be available.

Meanwhile, West Ham are set to be boosted by the return on Felipe Anderson, Ryan Fredericks and Samir Nasri.

How everyone thinks Chelsea and West Ham will line up

1. Sarri to revert to type

Sarri pleased Chelsea fans in their 3-0 win over Brighton last week in starting three academy products, including a full Premier League debut for Callum Hudson-Odoi.

But with a Europa League quarter-final first leg tie against Slavia Prague on Thursday, the Italian is likely to drop Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen back down to the bench.

In their place would be recalls for Willian, Ross Barkley and Antonio Rudiger, while Olivier Giroud may also drop down to the bench for Gonzalo Higuain, given the Frenchman’s proclivity for Europa League goals.

Predicted Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Higuain, Hazard.

2. Giroud over Higuain

While our own predicted Chelsea XI sees Higuain starting, the Evening Standard believe Giroud will get the nod off the back of scoring in last week’s win over Brighton.

The Frenchman is in fine goalscoring form for Chelsea, in stark contrast to Higuain, and may be Sarri’s best hope for goals – having recently admitted he would like Giroud to stay next season.

The Standard have also predicted a return at left-back for Marcos Alonso, with Pedro replacing Hudson-Odoi.

Evening Standard‘s predicted Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard.

3. Hudson-Odoi to retain his place

On his first Premier League start, teenager Hudson-Odoi caused Brighton problems down the right, setting up Giroud’s opening goal.

And, as a result, the Guardian believe Hudson-Odoi will retain his place in the starting XI as part of a front three alongside Higuain and Eden Hazard.

They also expect Emerson to start ahead of Alonso once more, with the Spaniard an injury doubt on top of having a fairly poor season at left-back.

The Guardian‘s predicted Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Hudson-Odoi, Higuain, Hazard.

4. Felipe Anderson to return

Nine days on from their 2-0 defeat at Everton, West Ham travel to Chelsea looking to cause problems for their London rivals.

And the Evening Standard believe they will do so with Anderson and Fredericks returning. The pair would replace Pablo Zabaleta and Lucas Perez from the Everton defeat, with Mark Noble coming in for Pedro Obiang having sat out last week.

Evening Standard‘s predicted West Ham XI (4-1-4-1): Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice; Snodgrass, Noble, Lanzini, Anderson; Arnautovic.

Squawka Prediction

Chelsea have struggled against West Ham in recent times and could find themselves coming undone once again with a busy month ahead. Chelsea 0-0 West Ham.


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