Chelsea VS West Ham LIVE Football Score 24/04/2022
Chelsea don’t have a chance of lifting the Premier League title this season due to the advantage both Man City and Liverpool have over them heading into the business end of the campaign but they still need to make sure of 3rd-place as Tottenham and Arsenal are just 5pts behind them. West Ham could still qualify for Europe through their league position but their best chance could be via the Europa League with their first game against Frankfurt coming up next after the trip to Stamford Bridge.
With West Ham having one eye on the Frankfurt game, we’re backing Chelsea to win and for both teams to score in the process. Chelsea have won three of their last six league meetings with the Hammers and both teams have scored in two of the pair’s last four meetings in the Premier League. Both teams have also scored in four of Chelsea’s and four of West ham’s last six outings in all competitions, so you can see why we’re not backing either side to keep a clean sheet on Sunday.
Havertz has been one of Chelsea’s best players this season, netting 7-goals in the league alone having been transformed into a striker under Tuchel and keeping Lukaku out of the starting eleven. The German international was rested in midweek but should return to the starting lineup this weekend and we’re backing him to score against the Hammers just as he did in his last league start against Southampton.
Chelsea looked primed to finish the season in third place in the Premier League, although their position has come under threat following the events at Stamford Bridge in midweek. Arsenal ran out 4-2 winners against the odds, as they closed the gap over the Blues, which now stands at just two points, although Thomas Tuchel’s men have two games in hand over the Gunners.
After enjoying a comfortable run in the league, Chelsea could start looking over their shoulder with their position under threat from the north Londoners. On Sunday, the reigning European champions face another team from the capital, who could inflict more damage, in the form of West Ham United.
Chelsea are in the FA Cup Final, which remains their only chance of silverware left this season. Tuchel will want his side to open up a gap over Tottenham and Arsenal as he looks forward to finishing the season on a high note. While they failed against Arsenal, they have two more important games lined up against the Hammers and Manchester United that represent a season-defining period for their manager.
West Ham may have one eye on their Europa League campaign after reaching the semi-finals. But David Moyes will be keen on repairing the team’s league form. They have dropped points in the last two games, losing to Brentford and then drawing against Burnley.
Those results have put them out of the running for the top-four place, although they could still qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League. A good result against Chelsea will go a long way toward instilling the belief for a good end of the season run.
West Ham United still have important games left, with a visit from Arsenal and a trip to the Etihad still pending. So, it will be important for Moyes’ men to build up some vital momentum ahead of the business end of the season.
Thomas Tuchel could ring in a few changes after the Arsenal defeat. There are few players missing from action, as the Blues will again be without Antonio Rudiger and Mateo Kovacic for the West Ham clash.
The Chelsea manager could reinstate Thiago Silva at the back, who could start alongside the forgotten Trevoh Chalobah at the back. There could be a switch to a traditional back-four instead of a three-man defence. It could allow Marcos Alonso and Reece James to play traditional full-back roles.
Chelsea will be bidding to return to winning ways in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon when they welcome West Ham United to Stamford Bridge for a London derby.
The Blues are currently third in the table, five points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, while West Ham occupy seventh position, five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Not too long ago, Chelsea looked to be absolute certainties for a top-four spot in the Premier League this season, but the Blues will now just be looking over their shoulder, as the gap from them to fifth-placed Arsenal is just five points, albeit with a game in hand on the Gunners.
Thomas Tuchel’s side also have a game in hand on fourth-placed Tottenham and two spare on sixth-placed Manchester United, so they are still in a very strong position to finish third, but the capital outfit will enter this match off the back of a 4-2 loss to Arsenal on Wednesday night.
The Blues booked their spot in the FA Cup final with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend, but they have lost three of their last six games in all competitions, including their last three at Stamford Bridge, two of which have been in the league against Brentford and Arsenal.
The off-the-field issues appear to be becoming a distraction, but the players must focus on what they can control this season, and they still have seven Premier League matches to play this season, in addition to taking on Liverpool in the FA Cup final next month.
Next up for the Blues is a trip to Man United on April 28, and a disappointing result against West Ham would lead to alarm bells being rung, as it is unthinkable for them to finish outside of the top four, having been in control of a Champions League position for much of the campaign.
West Ham are enjoying yet another brilliant Premier League campaign, currently sitting seventh in the table, two points behind sixth-placed Man United and five behind fourth-placed Spurs, who have a game in hand.