Chelsea will aim to extend their lead atop the Premier League table to four points when they travel to fourth-placed West Ham United for Saturday's early kick-off game. The Blues approach the encounter off the back of a 2-1 win at Watford on Wednesday, while the Hammers were held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton & Hove Albion on the same night.
For the former, the quest to add to their Premier League title charge remains unchanged and they will be eager to hold onto their status as leaders with rivals Manchester City and Liverpool breathing down their necks. Thomas Tuchel's men have so far picked up just one defeat across the 14 games they've featured in so far. They are currently on a eight-game unbeaten run and have conceded just six goals - the fewest conceded by any club at this point in the season across Europe's top-flight league.
As impressive as the statistics are, the upcoming encounter could provide a real test for Thomas Tuchel's men with West Ham also looking to add to their bid for a Champions League spot next season. David Moyes' side has impressed so far, and have accumulated 24 points to assume fourth position on the league log. The mid-week's 1-1 draw with Brighton was somewhat a chink in the armour of the West London outfit who have now drawn three, won seven and lost four of their 14 Premier League matches this season.
Any result but a win could see West Ham drop to fifth by the time that the game week concludes and, as a result, they will be out to prove a point by eyeing all the three points at stake. Having lost both home and away fixtures against Chelsea in the league last season, they should be motivated enough to do more in Saturday's game.
Angelo Ogbonna is due to miss out on featuring in the upcoming encounter as a result of a long-term knee problem. However, the Hammers are hopeful that Aaron Cresswell will recover in time to be available for selection.
For Chelsea, Mateo Kovacic and Ben Chilwell are ruled out of contention, as it Trevor Chalobah who picked up a hamstring problem against Watford. N'Golo Kante is also not available for selection although there is a boost in camp with Reece James recovering in time for the clash.
Predicted starting XI
West Ham United: Fabianski; Johnson, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals; Antonio.
Chelsea: Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; James, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Lukaku, Havertz.
West Ham United vs Chelsea Broadcast Information
Stadium: London Stadium (London)
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