Mark Lawrenson has backed Chelsea to beat West Ham on Saturday, when writing his column for BBC Sport.

The in-form Blues host the Hammers tomorrow, and in truth, it really should be a home banker.

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West Ham are in the midst of a terrible run of form. They have drawn two and lost five of their last seven Premier League games. And they now sit in 17th spot in the table, just three points clear of the drop zone.

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Manuel Pellegrini is under heavy pressure, and the writing seems to be on the wall for the Chilean.

Should the Hammers lose against Chelsea tomorrow, that pressure will only intensify.


And Lawrenson predicted that the Blues will have too much for their London rivals at Stamford Bridge, when writing his column for BBC Sport:

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“West Ham are a worry. I thought this would be a season they would not be so inconsistent with better players in the squad. Obviously there have been injuries, but Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is under pressure and there is a real chance they could slip into the bottom three. Chelsea are in good form and I can see them just winning this.”

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

The West Ham players really do owe their fans and their manager a performance against Chelsea. The problem is, however, even if they do play well, they could still easily lose to what is a very good Chelsea side.

And with Wolves away in midweek, these are really testing times for the Hammers.

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