Chelsea take on West Ham United in an intriguing London derby at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel’s side, who remain in 3rd place, will be determined to bounce back following their defeat to Arsenal in midweek.
West Ham, meanwhile, have Europa League commitments to look forward to but are still looking to impress in the league and they can go above Manchester United in 6th place with a win today.
The Hammers haven’t won in their last two league games so they will be eager to respond against Chelsea.
The Sporting News is following the match live, providing score updates and commentary below.
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Chelsea vs. West Ham live score
Chelsea vs. West Ham live updates and highlights
69 min: Yarmolenko is denied twice by Mendy, with the flag then being raised for offside. Mount then has a shot blocked for Chelsea and Werner can’t steer home the rebound.
61 min: West Ham bring on Declan Rice, with the midfielder replacing Mark Noble.
58 min: Fabianski is called upon again, this time to push away a long-range strike from Chalobah, with Chelsea now playing with more determination.
56 min: Soucek has a shot blocked for West Ham, with the game starting to open up now. At the other end Kante pushes forward and his effort deflects off Ben Johnson and into the path of Fabianski.
50 min: A cross from Mason Mount causes some uncertainty for Fabianski but it ends up drifting out of play. Dawson then makes an excellent block as Chelsea starts to up the ante.
The second half starts at Stamford Bridge. Hopefully the quality of the game will increase significantly.
Romelu Lukaku is among the options Chelsea can turn to on the bench as they look to improve. West Ham have the likes of Rice, Bowen and Antonio in reserve but it remains to be seen if they will enter the fray.
Half time: Chelsea 0-0 West Ham: It has been a very frustrating first half for Chelsea, who have played very slowly and haven’t tested West Ham. The visitors haven’t created much themselves but will be more satisfied with the scoreline.
42 min: Kante has looked like the player most likely to make something happen for Chelsea but West Ham are coping well.
37 min: Loftus-Cheek’s tame effort is gathered by Fabianski. Chelsea have yet to cause serious problems for West Ham.
32 min: Yarmolenko shoots wide for West Ham. Benrahma felt that he should have been played in instead.
29 min: Azpilicueta has a shot blocked. West Ham are doing well so far with regards to understanding the Chelsea pressure.
23 min: There hasn’t been a lot of energy in Chelsea’s performance so far. They will need to up the tempo in order to open the scoring.
17 min: Cesar Azpilicueta makes a mistake. Said Benrahma seizes possession but can’t make the most of the opportunity.
14 min: West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has to react to claim the ball as Timo Werner sends in a delivery towards Kai Havertz.
7 min: N’Golo Kante shoots wide, with Chelsea continuing to have the upper hand. Stamford Bridge is again operating at a reduced capacity today, with only season-ticket holders allowed to attend in terms of home supporters.
3 min: Chelsea have started well and are controlling possession, but they are having to be patient as they look to break West Ham down.
The game is underground.
The players are in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge, with kick off rapidly approaching. Can West Ham still cause problems for Chelsea despite having made a host of changes?
15 mins from KO: There’s been a late change for Chelsea, with Andreas Christensen missing out due to illness, with Trevoh Chalobah coming into the starting lineup.
30 mins from KO: The West Ham team news will certainly give Chelsea a boost as they look to secure victory and move five points ahead of Arsenal. For Chelsea it will be interesting to see if Loftus-Cheek is deployed as a wing-back.
West Ham name Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio on the bench, seemingly with Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg against Eintracht Franfkurt in mind.
Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva are back in the starting lineup for Chelsea, with Romelu Lukaku named among the substitutes again.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 24, 2022
Six changes today.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) April 24, 2022
90 mins from KO: There will, inevitably, be much focus on Declan Rice today, with uncertainty persisting regarding his future at West Ham. Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for their former academy player.
2 hours from KO: Welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Chelsea vs. Westham.
The stage is set for what could be an entertaining London derby, with Chelsea looking to return to winning ways, while West Ham will be aiming to demonstrate that they can get the better of the Blues again after they won 3-2 in the reverse fixture in December.
Chelsea vs. West Ham predicted line-ups
Chelsea are set to be without Antonio Rudiger because of a groin problem, while Andreas Christensen is also a doubt.
Chelsea predicted lineup (3-4-1-2): Mendy (GK) — Azpilicueta, Silva, Sarr, — James, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso — Mount — Werner, Havertz.
West Ham are short of options at centre-back, too, with Kurt Zouma and Issa Diop struggling with ankle problems and Angelo Ogbonna still out.
West Ham predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Fabianski (GK) — Johnson, Soucek, Dawson, Cresswell — Noble, Rice — Bowen, Lanzini, Vlasic — Antonio.
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