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West Ham vs Chelsea

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Two contenders for the top four face off this evening at the London Stadium, with the two teams level on 55 points with just six games remaining

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Two contenders for the top four face off this evening at the London Stadium, with the two teams level on 55 points with just six games remaining

Hello and welcome along to live coverage of this evening's Premier League clash between David Moyes' West Ham and Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea.

The two Champions League chasing teams go head to head at 5.30pm with the winner able to lay down a strong marker ahead of the final five matches of the season in the race for the top four.

Chelsea won the reverse encounter between the pair 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in December but West Ham were 3-2 victors in the clash at the London Stadium last season, completing a league double over the Blues after a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in late 2019.

This is a very different Chelsea outfit since Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard in January and Moyes has named the German's squad as 'the strongest in the Premier League' ahead of today's match.

West Ham go into the game missing five first-team players through injury and suspension leaving Moyes with a threadbare squad as he attempts to keep up the unlikely Champions League challenge.

Tuchel has no such injury issues with just Mateo Kovacic unavailable to him for selection.

We will bring you comprehensive coverage of the game including team news and injury updates from our West Ham writer Tom Clark and our Chelsea writer's Sam Inkersole and Adam Newson .

Stick with us for all the pre-match build-up, action from the game and post-match reaction from both managers, which you can find by scrolling down.

Inches away from 1-1 as Lingard loops a shot over Mendy but just wide.

Mason Mount with a shot from distance that forces Fabianski into a smart stop. The rebound falls for Werner but, six yards out, be manages to miss the target.

West Ham get the second half underway.

That wasn't a vintage first half from Chelsea. The Blues were sluggish in possession and had wasted the chances they had fashioned. But, just before the interval, Tuchel's side sparked into life and Werner finished to score his first goal since February.

Timo Werner's strike just before half-time separates the teams at the break.

The visitors take the lead shortly before half time. Nice move sees Pulisic find Chilwell on the overlap, the England international takes a touch, looks up, and squares the ball for Werner to tap in.

Big goal for Chelsea.

Another Chelsea player goes into the book. This time it's Christensen who, rather cynically but smartly, brings down Lingard on the counter.

Much better from the Hammers, Mendy under pressure and almost gives it away and then West Ham keep the press on and win a corner that comes to nothing.

A late tackle from behind sees Werner pick up a yellow card and West Ham have a dangerous free-kick. Soucek gets a shot in and it hits Azpilicueta's hand and we got to VAR. No penalty given.

The German is handed his first booking in the Premier League for a poor challenge on Jesse Lingard.

Lovely play from Pablo Fornals to get the ball to Lingard who has a dig but it is blocked but the first defender.

Long ball forward is brought down expertly by Mount. He then finds Werner in the middle but the German fires well wide.

Timo Werner breaks behind the West Ham defence and then waits for support. He eventually picks out Pulisic and the American's shot is tame and straight at Fabianski.

The wing-back ran out of room really and his cross / shot was way over the bar but it was a lovely quick counter that came from West Ham playing out of the back really well.

Looked like there was nowhere for Mount to go there but with a lovely turn he makes space to get a shot in on goal. Low drive saved by Fabianski.

Jarrod Bowen takes but too close to Mendy who holds with ease.

First sight of goal for the German forward. Nice ball into the penalty area from Mason Mount finds Werner unmarked around the penalty spot. It's not an easy finish on the half volley and his shot goals over the crossbar.

Timo Werner gets the game underway

We're moments away from kick off in this pivotal London derby.

The two sides are out and the bubbles are blowing

We have got a tough game against a good side but it’s a challenge. We are here and will try to take it on.

We want to do well, but there were bigger pressures last year. We want to play well, perform well, we have done all season and finish on a high.

You always need to win big games, we did it last year beating Chelsea here.

Injuries are part and parcel of football, nobody is going to think much of it but we are short at this present time.

I saw a Chelsea team who play in a really good style, Brighton played very well.

The back three is a bit taller than if Azpi plays there (centre-back) so we gain centimetres in set-pieces.

Totally normal approach for the game. Me personally, I switched off all internet around me, no news for two days after Tuesday. Good focus, very good, night in the hotel, two meetings, business as usual.

It’s big but it is not decisive. There are more matches to play. Nothing is decided after that match, we still want the three points, we know how hard it will be against West Ham at their own ground.

We have been solid in crucial games. I have full confidence for the players.

We opted for some height at the back as we know about the strength of West Ham. The back three is a bit taller than if Azpi plays there (centre back) so we gain centimetres in set pieces.

The Hammers boss was full of praise for the work Frank Lampard and Thoams Tuchel have done at Chelsea, read more here

Some are not very happy with what Thomas Tuchel has done with his starting eleven to take on West Ham this evening.

The Spanish midfielder thinks the Hammers fans should be proud of the team's efforts so far this season, read more here.

Two changes to the starting team for David Moyes with one enforced after Craig Dawson's suspension and the other tactical with Ben Johnson dropping out for Ryan Fredericks.

Few big decisions by Thomas Tuchel. Cesar Azpilicueta at right wing-back. Andreas Christensen on the right of the back three. Timo Werner leading the attack.

Chelsea: Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell, Mount, Werner, Pulisic

Chelsea substitutes: Kepa, Alonso, James, Zouma, Gilmour, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Abraham

– April 24, 2021
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