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The London derby is crucial for the Blues, who have followed up their 17-game unbeaten run with back-to-back losses on the road.

A 1-0 humbling at Everton ended their streak before Wolves came back from behind to beat them 2-1 in midweek.

As a result, at the time of writing, Chelsea have slipped to eighth place in the Premier League table, nine points away from holders Liverpool.

As for West Ham, Moyes has defied expectations with a side that sits just a point behind Chelsea after 13 games - and the Hammers will fancy an upset.

Date, kick-off time, and venue

Chelsea vs West Ham is scheduled for an 8 pm kick-off on Monday, December 21, 2020.

The game will be played at Stamford Bridge with no fans present due to London being in Tier 3 of the government's Covid-19 restrictions.

How to watch Chelsea vs West Ham

Chelsea vs West Ham will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 7.45 pm on Saturday; kick-off at 8 pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Free highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

Chelsea vs West Ham Head To Head

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Chelsea have won a staggering 50 times against West Ham, while their opponents have managed 42 victories. Only 22 matches have finished as draws.

West Ham, who won both legs of the same fixture last season, are looking for three consecutive wins against Chelsea for the first time since 1974.

Chelsea vs West Ham h2h Premier League results

Chelsea wins: 25

Draws: 9

West Ham wins: 14

Lastest matches results

01/07/20 West Ham 3:2 Chelsea

30/11/19 Chelsea 0:1 West Ham

08/04/19 Chelsea 2:0 West Ham

23/09/18 West Ham 0:0 Chelsea

Team News

Chelsea

Chelsea are short-staffed in the wide areas of the forward line, with Christian Pulisic the only recognized winger currently fully fit.

The likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech are back in training, but whether or not they play any part remains doubtful. Chelsea have no other fresh injury concerns.

Frank Lampard hopes to have both Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi available for Monday's game with West Ham. The former could even start if fit.

After back-to-back defeats, Lampard will consider changes. Neither Kai Havertz nor Timo Werner are performing well, though only the former is likely to be dropped.

Injured: None

Doubtful: Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi

Suspended/unavailable: None

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West Ham

Arthur Masuaku's knee injury is a serious blow for West Ham, as they will miss the full-back's combative style going forward.

David Moyes suggested after their 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace in midweek he will look to freshen things up after a flat performance.

Michail Antonio is another huge doubt after having missed out on the team's last three games, while Fabian Balbuena is most likely out with a knock.

Aaron Cresswell and Jarrod Bowen both picked up knocks against Palace but Moyes doesn't really have many alternatives for the former.

Fabian Balbuena won't be out for too long but Monday's trip across London may come too soon, while Michail Antonio will only make the bench at best at Chelsea.

Injured: Fabian Balbuena, Arthur Masuaku

Doubtful: Michail Antonio

Suspended/unavailable: None

Chelsea vs West Ham predicted lineups

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Chelsea predicted lineups (4-3-3): Edouard Mendy; Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell; Mateo Kovacic, N'Golo Kante, Mason Mount; Christian Pulisic, Olivier Giroud, Hakim Ziyech

West Ham United predicted lineups (4-2-3-1): Lucasz Fabianski; Vladimir Coufal, Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell; Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek; Robert Snodgrass, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals; Sebastian Haller

Chelsea vs West Ham predictions

Chelsea vs West Ham prediction: 2-2 draw is the score that Evening Standard predicted. The audience would expect this Chelsea squad to beat West Ham, but the Blues' recent form suggests they are there for the taking - and the Hammers have beaten Chelsea in their previous two league meetings. Lampard will want a big response and the hosts could easily turn in a big win, but Moyes' men will fancy their chances of coming away with at least a point.

On the other hand, Chelsea may beat West Ham United with a 2-1 result, according to SportsMole. Chelsea have lost only one of their last 14 Premier League home games against West Ham, though that was in this corresponding fixture last season. Indeed, the Hammers won home and away against Chelsea last season and are looking to win three in a row against their London rivals in the top flight for the first time since 1974.

The visitors enter this game in high spirits, even if they were held in midweek, but we can see Chelsea's squad depth helping them pull through this final pre-Christmas fixture.

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Timo Werner of Chelsea. Photo: bongda.com.vn

Highlighted player: Timo Werner

Timo Werner is a German starlet, who began his senior career at Vfb Stuttgart. The German forward, who was born in Stuttgart on March 6, 1996, scored 13 goals in 95 appearances in the league for Die Schwaben and in 2016 he moved to fellow Bundesliga side Leipzig and he impressed with the Red Bulls in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign, scoring 21 goals in the process.

To make things even better for the talented attacker, he represented Germany at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and it has to be noted that he provided an assist for Lars Stindl in the title game. Despite the fact that coach Joachim Low rested star players at the tournament in Russia, the Germans eventually won the trophy.

Timo Werner played for the Germany U17 team as well and he won the silver medal with die Mannschaft at the 2012 UEFA European Championship. His main position is center-forward, but he is used as a winger as well. Timo Werner’s contract with Leipzig should expire on June 30, 2020.

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