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West Ham United v Chelsea live stream, predictions & expected XIs

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 16:56, 23 April 2021

Saturday night’s alright for a lot of things, including Chelsea’s trip for a London derby with West Ham.

Before the Blues can take on Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, they need to get by David Moyes’ in-form East London outfit. This is actually a tight battle between fourth and fifth in the division, as both clubs sit level on 55 points with the winner taking a decisive advantage in the race for Champions League qualification.

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Thomas Tuchel will be hoping that the Blues can get back to winning ways after their disappointing 0-0 draw with Brighton. We’ve had a look at the game and come up with some predictions.

1. Predicted West Ham XI

West Ham are obviously still without two crucial parts of their spine with Declan Rice and Angelo Ogbonna both out injured, albeit Mark Noble has stepped into midfield well. The rest of the team should be as usual with Aaron Cresswell on the left side of a back three and Vladimir Coufal and young Benjamin Johnson providing the width as all-action wing-backs.

Tomas Soucek is an absolute monster in the air and Chelsea will try to stop the supply to him so they don’t get bullied from above. The front three remains as it has been, with Moyes hinting that supreme talisman Jesse Lingard will be fit to play alongside the electric Jarrod Bowen at the head of the West Ham side and Pablo Fornals operating just behind.

2. Predicted Chelsea XI

With a Champions League semi-final to come, you’d expect a bit of rotation from Tuchel as he tries to keep his players as fit as possible. Of course, Tuchel also knows the value of a settled side so there won’t be wholesale changes either. Thiago Silva and Mateo Kovacic are likely to miss the match in East London. Kovacic is injured and Thiago Silva could miss outmaybe because of acute overload after his injury.”

Captain Cesar Azpilicueta will need to be in top form against Real Madrid so you’d he’d be rested along with both wing-backs. Jorginho and N’Golo Kanté will hold midfield due to the lack of other options while in attack, Christian Pulisic will be the spark that sets them off.

3. JLingz will sparkle

Chelsea are an incredible defensive outfit under Tuchel. Every team that has faced them so far this season has ended up looking blunt and ineffective against their impeccable organisation.

With that in mind, you wouldn’t figure any West Ham attacker to really be able to do their thing, but Jesse Lingard is no mere attacker. The Man Utd loanee has been one of the most outstanding players in the Premier League since he joined the Hammers. No one has scored more.

So yes, Chelsea’s defence will be good but they will not be able to contain Lingard. You’ll see a performance full of drive and intensity, where one man takes on an entire back-line in a desperate attempt to make something happen.

4. The Blue Wall will remain unbreached

As good as Lingard will be, Chelsea’s defence will be better. Besides that one bizarre game at Stamford Bridge where they got blitzed by West Brom and lost 5-2, Chelsea’s defence has been more or less impregnable ever since Tuchel took charge.

The Blues have played 20 times under Tuchel across all competitions and in that time, they have kept a whopping 15 clean sheets and only West Brom on that delirious afternoon in West London have managed to score more than once against them.

Chelsea are just too well-organised at the back. They shut down Atlético Madrid over two legs, they shut down Manchester City in the FA Cup; they are an awe-inspiring defensive engine and they will put the clamps onto West Ham and keep a 16th clean sheet.

Relevant odds with Sky Bet: Chelsea to win to nil @ 15/8

5. Chelsea back in the saddle

Chelsea shutting down West Ham is perhaps to be expected given their overwhelming defensive quality. What is less expected, and will come as more of a surprise, is that Chelsea will win. Scoring goals consistently has been an issue for the Blues, with most if not all of their forwards being out of form in some way or another.

However, they will find a way (probably through Pulisic, who with four goals in his last 10 games is their most in-form goalscorer) to head into their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid with a morale-boosting victory. A victory that would also give them a decisive advantage in the race to return to the Champions League next year.

Beating West Ham would put the Blues three points clear, which doesn’t seem like a huge advantage but it would be enough of an edge that the Blues would ride that all the way through the last six games of the season.

Chelsea and West Ham’s top-four odds with Sky Bet:

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