West Ham United entertain Chelsea in a crunch East vs West London derby at the London Stadium tonight.

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There is a huge amount at stake for West Ham and Chelsea.

The Hammers are precariously placed in 17th, above the relegation zone on goal difference alone.

Meanwhile Frank Lampard’s Chelsea need the points as the battle intensifies for the Champions League places.

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Huge amount at stake in East vs West London derby

West Ham West Ham have lost three Premier League games in a row, two since the restart.

And the pressure is mounting on David Moyes with some West Ham fans calling for him to be replaced to save the club’s season.

West Ham have somehow been kept out of the bottom three with results going their way elsewhere.

But the Hammers need to start taking control of their own destiny starting against Chelsea.

And they do of course have the experience of beating Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier this season to call on.

Moyes’s negative tactics have been questioned since his return to West Ham at the start of the year.

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Nicholas backs Moyes’s defensive tactics to secure surprise result

But Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has made a surprise prediction those tactics will get West Ham a 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

“I think David Moyes will do what he has done recently and West Ham will sit in, asking where will Chelsea hurt them?” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

 

“That will be on the counter. It will be a bit like the Wolves game, where they did nick a couple of opportunities and frustrated them in periods.

“Pablo Fornals missed a glorious opportunity in both of those matches at 0-0, so chances can crop up.

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‘I think they’ll get something from it, but they won’t be adventurous’

“If they do go after it, they could get picked off by Chelsea. West Ham will sit tight and try to frustrate them.

“Michail Antonio will be important as will set-pieces for West Ham, and Chelsea can give chances away.

“I think they will get something from it, but they will not be adventurous. Jarrod Bowen is a handful and should have scored against Tottenham.

“Mark Noble and Declan Rice will sit and allow Aaron Cresswell and Ryan Fredericks to get forward. They could get something from those areas, but it will be a good point for West Ham.”

In fairness most West Ham fans will take points any which way they can get them right now.

The Hammers need at least three wins to have any realistic chance of staying up.

The focus must be solely on achieving that. Then an inquest can be held about whether Moyes is the right man to lead West Ham forward.

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