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CHELSEA FACE HAMMERS

8th April 2018

Chelsea are desperate to turn the tide as they host West Ham in a third consecutive London derby in the Premier League.

Five defeats in their last seven league games have seen their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League hang by a thread, with an eight-point gap on fourth-placed Tottenham need closing with seven games remaining.

There is a feeling that Antonio Conte is biding time as he sees out the season. Every man and his dog knows he won't be Blues boss next season. The players seem to think so too.

West Ham, meanwhile, took a huge step towards avoiding relegation with a barnstorming 3-0 win over Southampton and will be confident heading into the weekend, boosted by their 1-0 win over the Blues back in December.

Chelsea could have both Thibaut Courtois and Pedro fit for Sunday's Premier League clash with London rivals West Ham.

Courtois has been missing with a hamstring injury with Pedro absent due to an unspecified knock, but the pair are in contention to return against the Hammers.

David Luiz (knee) and Ethan Ampadu (ankle) remain sidelined for Antonio Conte's men.

Michail Antonio is out of West Ham's side while Manuel Lanzini is a doubt.

The winger needs a hamstring operation and will miss the rest of the season while midfielder Lanzini is still struggling with a knee injury.

James Collins (hamstring) is another doubt while Winston Reid, Pedro Obiang, Andy Carroll and Sam Byram are long-term absentees.

Backing West Ham/draw double result looks a decent bet

Joe