Chelsea – West Ham United
8 April 2018, 16:30
England. Premier League. Matchday 33
Stadium Stamford Bridge
Referee Kevin Friend
Linesmen Harry LennardMatthew Wilkes
Reserve referee Neil Swarbrick
Who will win?
West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion
West Bromwich Albion
Hi and welcome to Stamford Bridge where Chelsea face West Ham in a Premier League clash.
Chelsea XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Willian, Hazard, Morata.
West Ham XI: Hart, Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku, Fernandes, Joao Mario, Arnautovic.
This is the third consecutive London derby for the Blues: they won one (against Palace) and lost one (against Spurs) prior to this clash.
Chelsea are 11 points behind fourth-placed Spurs with a game in hand: they can't afford to drop points here if they are to finish in the top-four.
West Ham are 14th, desperately trying to create some separation between them and the relegation zone.
West Ham won the reverse fixture in December, 1–0.
A calm start to this one with the Blues controlling the ball.
Hazard just misses the far post with a long-range shot!
West Ham are pressing high, trying to force Rudiger into a turnover and it works.
Chelsea fans rise from their seats and applaud to honour Ray Wilkins after eight minutes are gone.
West Ham do not look like a bunch of cellar-dwellers at all…
Cahill gives Arnautovic a yard of space to receive a long ball but his shot is blocked by the captain.
Willian dribbles his way into the box but his pass towards Morata is intercepted.
Not much working for the Blues so far, other than some magical moments from Willian.
Willian again fakes the shot to beat Noble and then fires but Cresswell blocks his effort.
Hazard slides the ball to Morata who makes no mistake! But the flag's up as West Ham defenders did just enough to put the Spaniard offside.
Chelsea control the ball but struggle to crack the Hammers who sit very deep.
Fabregas and Hazard play a beautiful one-two and Hazard find Morata who goes for a backheel flick… the ball goes just wide of the post!
Willian fires from just outside the box but the ball sneaks wide of the near post! Didn't look like Hart had a clear look at it.
Chelsea keep on controlling the ball.
Hazard to Morata to Willian and the Brazilian is through but Hart makes a huge save!
GOOOAAAL!!! Chelsea score after all! A corner kick taken short but then a cross is delivered. Morata doesn't win the header but the ball bounces to Azpilicueta who pokes it past Hart!!!
Hazard tried to enter the box from the left flank but he's tripped by Massuaku.
Azpilicueta almost picks out Morata with his trademark early delivery but his pass is just a step ahead of the striker!
West Han are just holding on to the ball, barely crossing the halfway line
Moses is down after what looked like a brutal clash from Massuaku.
The Nigerian is back on his feet.
One minute added on.
That's it for the first half! Quality from the Blues who started pretty slow but ended got a lot better as the half went on.
We're back underway!
Noble pulls Hazard's shirt from behind and gets booked.
Willian's right-footed effort from 15 yards just wide!!! Perfectly set up by Hazard.
Arnautovic shoots from just outside the box — saved by Courtois.
Alonso's low cross goes past Willian who was marked well and is just too far ahead for Morata!
West Ham look like they're about to get more adventurous here, giving Chelsea players some room. Second goal coming up?
Morata's header after a corner kick goes over the bar.
Cresswell is down and in pain. The physios are out.
West Ham have plenty of injuries in defence; Cresswell would be a huge loss for them at this point.
And another Morata goal ruled out for offside! A quick counter-attack and Willian finds Morata for a tap-in in front of goal but the ref says no goal!
Chelsea keep on counter-attacking. They look really dangerous. West Ham, on the other hand, just can't get anything going.
Cresswell limps off and he's replaced by Evra.
Hazard dribbles against two defenders but ends up tripping on the ball and surrendering position.
Moses' curling shot cutting from the right from 20 yards out goes just wide… what a curve!
Hernandez replaces Fernandes. Chicharito has always been a thorn in Chelsea's side.
Massuaku tried to take advantage of Courtois thinking he's going to cross by going for goal instead. His shot is wide and the Belgian was in control the whole time.
GOAL! We're level. Cahill's poor header is picked up by Arnautovic who sets up Chicharito. Harsh for the Blues.
Chelsea respond with a push but Morata's header isn't bothering Hart.
Conte makes changes finally: Morata, Moses off; Giroud, Pedro on.
Another Chelsea turnover in the defensive third; Arnautovic wins a corner.
Energetic Arnautovic continues to wreak havoc in the box.
Chelsea respond with Alonso's bomb tipped over the bar by Hart! Chances both ways!
Pedro shoots from a sharp angle, saved by Hart!
West Ham are caving again, is there enough time for the Blues to get the winner?
Cullen replaces Mario.
Aranautovic beats Cahill and Kante has to recover and make an excellent tackle to deny the Austrian!
Giroud is found by Willian and heads the ball towards the far corner. Hart tips the ball just wide of the post!!!
Five minutes added on!
More headers but this is easy for Hart.
Full-time! Chelsea punished for their wastefulness as Hernandez answers Azpilicueta's first-time strike as Chelsea drop two points at home against West Ham.
César Azpilicueta Joe Hart
Patrice Evra On Aaron Cresswell Off
Javier Hernández On Edimilson Fernandes Off
Javier Hernández Thibaut Courtois
Pedro On Victor Moses Off
Olivier Giroud On Álvaro Morata Off
Josh Cullen On João Mário Off