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“This is a big game”. Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for West Ham vs Chelsea

"This is a big game". Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for West Ham vs Chelsea

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Match information

England, Premier League, 33 tour

24 April 2021 - 20:30

0

West Ham United

1

Chelsea

0 - 1 Timo Werner - 43`

Red Card Fabian Balbuena - 81`

 

West Ham are currently preparing to host Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday. The Hammers and the Blues currently have the same amount of points (55) in the league as West Ham are 5th, while Chelsea are 4th.

Ahead of the game, BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson has stated his prediction.

“This is a big game in terms of the top four and I just wonder if West Ham might be in a bit of a trough at the moment after their defeat by Newcastle last time out.

“Midfielder Declan Rice and striker Michail Antonio are injured and defender Craig Dawson is suspended after his red card against the Magpies.

“Chelsea did not do a lot in their draw against Brighton on Tuesday, although that game was overshadowed by what was happening to the plans for the ESL. Thankfully that is not something we have to worry about anymore.

“The Blues have got their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on Tuesday so boss Thomas Tuchel might rest players, although it is difficult to know what his priority will be.

“Chelsea need to be in the Champions League next season, and you would think that qualifying for it through their league position is going to be a lot easier than winning it to get back in it. So, I would be very surprised if Tuchel seriously messes with his team on Saturday.”

Lawrenson’s score prediction: 0-2 

 

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