West Ham vs Chelsea LIVE: Follow all the action from a huge battle in the race for Champions League football as Jesse Lingard and Co look to stun the Blues at the London Stadium
- West Ham take on Chelsea in a huge game in the race for the Champions League
- West Ham XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Ogbonna, Diop, Balbuena, Fredericks, Soucek, Noble, Fornals, Lingard, Bowen
- Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Silva, Rudiger, Chilwell, Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Pulisic, Werner
- Two teams come into this game level on 55 points in the Premier League table
- Both dropped points last time out and will want to capitalise on Liverpool’s draw
- Latest Premier League news, including fixtures and results
- Premier League table – as it stands
West Ham and Chelsea meet at the London Stadium in what could be a pivotal game for both sides’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle earlier in the day means both sides, who are level on points in the Premier League table, have a huge opportunity to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack.
West Ham come into the game after a sobering defeat at St James’ Park last week, while Chelsea were held to a goalless draw against Brighton in midweek.
Follow Sportsmail’s Ollie Lewis for live EPL coverage of West Ham vs Chelsea, including scoreline, lineups and build-up.
2 mins: Looks like both sides have matched up with three at the back, while Kante has picked up Lingard as the busy Frenchman looks to keep a lid on the sprightly Englishman.
The players take the knee in support of anti-racism before Chris Kavanagh blows his whistle to get the game under way.
West Ham in their iconic claret and blue kit while Chelsea don their blue strip. Timo Werner gets the ball rolling and we are up and running.
The players are out on the London Stadium turf and kick off is moments away for this afternoon’s 5:30pm kick off. With the chance to open up a three point gap from fifth, the stakes could not be higher.
Live updates to come next!
Right then, we aren’t far off from kick off now! The managers have done their talking and now it is up to the players. In just 10 minutes West Ham and Chelsea will bid to take a huge step towards qualification for Champions League football.
‘We have got a tough game against a really good side. it is a challenge, we are here and we are going to try to take it on.
‘We want to do well but it was bigger pressure positions last year, much more than this. We want to finish on a high so you always need to win big games.
‘We did it last year against Chelsea to stay up. If we can do it tonight it will be very good. Injuries are part and parcel of football at all clubs. Undoubtedly we are shot at this present time.
‘I saw a Chelsea team that are playing in a really good style. We are up against a top side, we are well aware of that. Not just that, but a top squad. We know the challenge.’
Moyes was speaking to Sky Sports.
‘Absolutely total normal approach before the game. Me personally I switched off all internet around me. No news no football after Tuesday’s game.
‘Totally normal approach, good focus, business as usual and big game coming up. It’s big but it’s not decisive because there are some more matches to play.
‘Nothing is decided after that match. We know how hard it is to steal three points here but we are prepared for that. Full trust for the players and we know we have to deliver a top performance.’
Tuchel was speaking to Sky Sports.
There is plenty on the line on the pitch, and given the backdrop of the dramatics of the last week the Hammers may have an extra incentive to get one over their London rivals.
West Ham chief Karren Brady revealed that tempers have not cooled in the wake of the disastrous European Super League.
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When Thomas Tuchel took the reins from Frank Lampard the objective expected of him was crystal clear: Qualify for the Champions League.
Click below to read more on the importance of this evening’s clash.
Moyes and Tuchel are unlikely to have slept soundly over the past few days, given the gravity of this evening’s contest.
Tuchel will surely have been devising plans to thwart the threat of Jesse Lingard, while Moyes must have racked his brains around how to protect Mark Noble in midfield.
Check out our tactical preview below.
David Moyes makes two changes from the side that lost to Newcastle last time out, with Balbuena coming in for the suspended Craig Dawson, while Ryan Fredericks slots in at left wing back.
Thomas Tuchel, meanwhile, makes wholesale changes from the side that drew with Brighton, with the likes of Timo Werner, Ngolo Kante and Thiago Silva brought back into the side.
Good afternoon and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of Chelsea’s crunch top four clash with Champions League-chasing rivals West Ham.
Thomas Tuchel and David Moyes will, of course, stress that every game is as important as each other, but the importance of this afternoon’s contest will be at the forefront of both coaches’ minds given Liverpool’s draw at Newcastle at Anfield.
A win will give either side breathing space from their rivals as we sprint towards the finish line. So, who will best handle the pressure? Team news coming right up.
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