West Ham – Chelsea preview: Chelsea continues its top three push with a visit to London rivals West Ham United at the London Stadium on Wednesday (Watch live at 3:15 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com)
The hosts remain above the drop zone on goal differential alone and are in dire need of points.
Can West Ham do the double over Chelsea in a campaign where the clubs are located at opposite ends of the table?
Frank Lampard gets good news as Christian Pulisic and Andreas Christensen pass fitness tests.
For West Ham, Angelo Ogbonna passes his fitness test and starts next to Issa Diop. Sebastian Haller and Arthur Masuaku remain out.
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What they’re saying
Lampard on his connection to West Ham, reported interest in Declan Rice: “In terms of being a special game, it’s certainly a special game in the fact that we want three points, nothing more than that, particularly for myself, even with the West Ham connection this is all about what we can do to keep pushing for the Champions League spots. Declan Rice is a good player you’re right, and I’ve known DC for a long time, he was in the Chelsea academy. But there’s no talk, I keep saying, about every player we’ll be asked about. Until these games and this season is finished, there’s nothing to say.”
Moyes on the Chelsea challenge despite West Ham beating the Blues recently: “Well I hope the team can take comfort from it, we’re looking for positives, we’re looking for things to keep us nice and high. When I was here last time we beat Chelsea at home and as you rightly said the players had a good result against them this season so we have to look at it as a real positive. But I was one of the fortunate ones that went to see Chelsea against Manchester City in midweek and undoubtedly we saw two very very good teams, two technically gifted teams and obviously a real good game as well.”
Odds and ends
Chelsea is the heaviest away favorite of any team in the Premier League this match week at -139. The hosts are +365 to boost all three points.
West Ham is rested and desperate but Chelsea is eyeing third in the table. This West Ham team doesn’t seem the type to do the double on the Blues. Chelsea 2-0.Follow @NicholasMendola