class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With the Hammers looking less than secure in defence, Al Hain-Cole is backing Tuchel's well-drilled outfit to pull off a big win at the London Stadium

West Ham and Chelsea will be looking to strike a major blow in the race for Champions League qualification when they meet at the London Stadium in Saturday’s Premier League clash.

Only goal difference separates the sides in the league table, with Thomas Tuchel’s men currently occupying a narrow advantage in fourth place.

West Ham vs Chelsea Latest Odds

Having run out comfortable 3-0 winners in the reverse encounter back in December, they are 17/20 (1.85) favourites with bet365 to open up a three-point gap by coming out on top once again.

However, the Hammers have actually emerged victorious from two of the last three encounters between the sides and can be backed at 10/3 (4.33) to move into the top four with another win.

Just two of the last 10 meetings between this pair have resulted in draws, but there are odds of 13/5 (3.60) available on them cancelling each other out in this one.

West Ham vs Chelsea Team News

Craig Dawson is suspended after getting sent off in last weekend’s defeat to Newcastle, while Darren Randolph, Declan Rice, Andriy Yarmolenko, and Michail Antonio are ruled out and both Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell doubtful.

Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante and Timo Werner will all hope to return to the line-up after being left out of Tuesday’s 0-0 draw against Brighton, with Mateo Kovacic the only injury concern.

West Ham vs Chelsea Preview

Although the 3-2 defeat at Newcastle was something of a shock result, David Moyes cannot have been too surprised to see his side punished for some poor defending.

Having come back from three goals down to draw with Arsenal before almost squandering three-goal leads in successive 3-2 victories over Wolves and Leicester, West Ham have certainly been reliant on their free-scoring attack recently.

However, it is hard to see them having so much joy up front against a Blues side that has kept 15 clean sheets in 20 matches under their current boss – conceding just three times in 10 unbeaten away games.

West Ham vs Chelsea Tips and Predictions

Instead, those 17/20 (1.85) odds seem generous on Chelsea proving too strong at both ends of the pitch for a West Ham team that has looked rather too open of late.

All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

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