Tonight could be massive for West Ham United’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

How Moyes must line up against Chelsea with two big changes

The Hammers are sitting fifth – level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea – and just one behind third-placed Leicester City.

West Ham play Chelsea in a huge European six-pointer on Saturday.

But before then all eyes will be on Leicester’s home game with in-form West Bromwich Albion this evening.

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Massive night for West Ham’s Champions League hopes as Foxes take on Big Sam’s in-form Baggies

Leicester have stuttered of late as Brendan Rodgers deals with the distraction of being in the FA Cup final and off the field problems within his squad.

West Ham beat Leicester 3-2 when the sides met just a couple of weeks ago.

And should the Foxes lose or fail to beat the free-scoring Baggies, it really sets the cat amongst the pigeons in the race for the Champions League.

Former West Ham boss Big Sam Allardyce will be going all out to get another win as West Brom look to pull off a great escape from relegation.

So there is plenty riding on the 8pm kick-off for the Foxes, Baggies and West Ham.

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Failure to beat West Brom would open up last two spots for Europe’s top table

If Leicester fail to beat West Brom it opens up the Champions League race and will mean the last two spots are really up for grabs with Leicester, Chelsea, the Hammers, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton currently in the race.

West Ham have a decent fixture list – on paper at least – to end the season after the crunch match against Chelsea.

 

The Blues, Leicester and Spurs have difficult looking run-ins.

Of course the ideal scenario is a Leicester defeat followed by a West Ham win over Thomas Tuchel’s side.

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Big cup distractions for Euro rivals could boost Lingard-inspired Hammers

Chelsea play Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League just 72 hours after the game against West Ham.

So speculation is rife that Tuchel may rest his key players.

Any advantage that might have given West Ham is mitigated, though, by a glut of injuries to David Moyes’s high-flying side at the worst possible time.

But West Ham do have the Premier League – and indeed Europe’s – most in-form player in the shape of Jesse Lingard.

So anything is possible.

If the Hammers can beat Chelsea – or at least avoid defeat – then Moyes’s boys will have to feel confident going into the final five games of what has been a remarkable campaign.

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