Premier League preview: West Ham vs. Chelsea

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  • West Ham United has striker Chicharito back in their side and have no new absentees. Chelsea will be without David Luiz (knee) and Danny Drinkwater (virus) is also absent.
  • Chelsea has lost only two of their last 22 Premier League matches against West Ham United (D4 W16), winning both meetings last season 2-1.
  • West Ham United are now eight Premier League matches without a win (W0 D3 L5), its worst such-run since December 2015.
  • Eden Hazard has been directly involved in seven goals in his last eight Premier League fixtures against the Hammers (four goals, three assists).

Chelsea brings its seven-game Premier League unbeaten run to East London as it faces West Ham United. (Watch live at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com)

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Antonio Conte‘s side picked up a decent 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid to close out the UEFA Champions League group stage midweek, while David Moyes has struggled to pick up the pieces at West Ham since coming on board last month.

West Ham is winless in the same span that Chelsea is unbeaten, and it’s another tough matchup a week after facing Manchester City, and falling, despite taking a first half lead.

What they’re saying

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on possibly rotating his squad: “I try to protect every player. When you play every three days it’s very difficult. It’s impossible to keep your form at the best level if you play without training sessions. Your form can go up and down. This can be dangerous. Also, the risk of injury is very high. I will try to rotate my players. Our squad is not so big, but I am giving my players the chance to show me they deserve to play. When I did this I received a good response from my players.”

West Ham United manager David Moyes on  his team’s performances: I think we played well at Manchester City last Sunday, despite the fact we lost 2-1. I thought we were good without the ball and when we got the ball we were OK. I’d like us to be much better when we get the ball as well, but hopefully in time we can work towards that. Ultimately, we need to stop conceding goals. We fielded a little bit of a patched-up defense last week, so I hope when we get some of the senior players back it will give us an even better chance.”

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Prediction: West Ham showed good fight last week against Manchester City, but defensively the Hammers continue to struggle. Eden Hazard and co. should see West Ham off after 90 minutes. Chelsea 3-1 West Ham