West Ham United’s quest for Premier League survival continues when they host high-flying Chelsea on Wednesday at 8:15 PM.
The Hammers are currently 17th but only sit ahead of Bournemouth and Aston Villa – who are below them in the relegation zone – on goal difference. To make matters worse, David Moyes‘ men have lost each of their last three Premier League games without scoring a single goal.
Chelsea, then, are probably one of the last sides West Ham could wish to face right now. Frank Lampard‘s team has been excellent since the resumption of play, beating Aston Villa and Manchester City 2-1 to remain in fourth place, while they overcame Leicester City 1-0 last time out to reach the FA Cup semi-finals. That completes a run of five wins from five for the Blues, who have conceded just two goals during that time.
So, will West Ham pull off an unlikely but vital win in their battle to avoid relegation, or will Chelsea remain in cruise control and push the Hammers aside?
West Ham vs Chelsea kick-off time and details
Competition Premier League
Venue: London Stadium
Date: Wednesday, 1 July 2020
Kick-off: 8:15 PM (UK time)
Where to watch West Ham vs Chelsea on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League & Sky Sports Football
- US: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
West Ham & Chelsea’s confirmed line-ups and live stats:
West Ham & Chelsea’s previous line-ups:
- West Ham (vs Tottenham Hotspur): Fabianski; Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell; Noble, Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Antonio, Fornals.
- Chelsea (vs Leicester City): Caballero; James, Zouma, Rudiger, Emerson; Mount, Kante, Gilmour; Willian, Abraham, Pulisic*.
Robert Snodgrass is sidelined with a back problem while Moyes will be sweating over the fitness of Arthur Masuaku and Sebastien Haller. The Hammers will, however, welcome back defender Angelo Ogbonna, while Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson are both fit to start.
Fikayo Tomori is out while fellow centre-back Andreas Christensen is a doubt with a hip injury. Christian Pulisic came off injured against Leicester in the FA Cup and may not be risked here, but Lampard may reward Ross Barkley with a start after his winning goal against the Foxes.
Players to watch:
- West Ham United: Once again, West Ham find themselves in crisis mode having lost each of their last three Premier League games without even registering a goal. If they’re to stop the rot, Moyes needs someone to start finding the net. January arrival Jarrod Bowen might be the Hammers‘ best hope. The 23-year-old forward scored 52 goals across all competitions in his final two-and-a-half seasons with Hull City and scored his first West Ham goal during a 3-1 win over Southampton back in February. Bowen is quick and skilful but can also be incredibly direct — just what West Ham need in their current predicament.
- Chelsea: Chelsea have had no such problems in front of goal, finding the back of the net in each of their last seven domestic outings. However, Lampard will be conscious of the fact that Tammy Abraham hasn’t scored a single goal in his last eight games across all competitions, slowing down considerably after a remarkable start to the season. With Timo Werner joining up at the end of the season, Abraham will have a fight on his hands to keep his starting place. He can give himself a headstart with some goals between now and the end of the campaign, starting against West Ham.
Scoreline prediction: West Ham 0-3 Chelsea
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Premier League 2019/20 recent form:
- West Ham: LWLLL
- Chelsea: WDWWW