Chelsea v West Ham: Premier League match preview
Chelsea have lost just once in their last 14 Premier League home games against with West Ham, winning nine and drawing four. The Hammers did the double over Chelsea last season and can now win three in a row against them in the top-flight for the first time since a four-match run between 1972 and 1974.
Chelsea will assess Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi ahead of kick-off after the duo returning to training last week.
West Ham, meanwhile, will check on both Fabian Balbuena (groin) and Michail Antonio (hamstring).
Hammers midfielder Declan Rice will also get another chance to impress against his former club.
Rice was part of the Blues’ academy before being released at the age of 14.
He has since been linked with a move back to Chelsea but manager Frank Lampard insists there are no regrets about letting him go.
“He’s a fantastic player for West Ham and England so fair play, because his journey there after leaving Chelsea and going to West Ham is a good story to hear,” Lampard said.
“In terms of from our end, I certainly wouldn’t use the word ‘regret’.
“Our academy is one of the best in the world and you look at our first team now with the players that we have produced who are in and around that squad.
“It’s not easy. It’s not an exact science to pick players but the academy staff do brilliantly here.”
What time does Chelsea vs West Ham kick-off?
The Premier League clash kicks off at 8pm GMT on Monday, December 21.
What TV channel is Chelsea vs West Ham on?
Live coverage from Stamford Bridge will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.
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How to live stream Chelsea vs West Ham?
Live streaming of the match is available via the Sky Go app and NOW TV.
The match will also see former West Ham midfielder Lampard face his old club.
But the 42-year-old conceded it doesn’t carry the same intensity as when he was a Chelsea player.
Asked if taking on the Hammers means more to him given his history with the club, Lampard said: “If I’m honest it did when I played, as a manager and in my role now it doesn’t.
“Maybe I’ve mellowed or something’s changed, but also I focus on what’s necessary for the club. Maybe I took it on me personally to really get up for that game against West Ham because I had played for them before.
“But now I don’t, I just see it as another game, particularly off the back of two defeats for us, it’s an important game just for us to approach in the way of wanting to get back to where we were before these two games.
“I think David Moyes is doing a great job, they have good players, but the way they are playing and the consistency levels they’ve got this season have been really impressive.
“I think he’s an experienced and a very, very good manager who has got his message across to them. And they are playing really well, the organisation of their team, the style that they play, it’s very difficult to play against.
“They have threats on the counter-attack and they are very good at set-pieces, so they are playing really well and are clearly a well-managed team.”
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