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Not too long ago, Chelsea looked to be absolute certainties for a top-four spot in the Premier League this season, but the Blues will now just be looking over their shoulder, as the gap from them to fifth-placed Arsenal is just five points, albeit with a game in hand on the Gunners.

Thomas Tuchel‘s side also have a game in hand on fourth-placed Tottenham and two spare on sixth-placed Manchester United, so they are still in a very strong position to finish third, but the capital outfit will enter this match off the back of a 4-2 loss to Arsenal on Wednesday night.

The Blues booked their spot in the FA Cup final with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend, but they have lost three of their last six games in all competitions, including their last three at Stamford Bridge, two of which have been in the league against Brentford and Arsenal.

The off-the-field issues appear to be becoming a distraction, but the players must focus on what they can control this season, and they still have seven Premier League matches to play this season, in addition to taking on Liverpool in the FA Cup final next month.

Next up for the Blues is a trip to Man United on April 28, and a disappointing result against West Ham would lead to alarm bells being rung, as it is unthinkable for them to finish outside of the top four, having been in control of a Champions League position for much of the campaign.

Chelsea will again be missing Mateo KovacicBen Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi this weekend, while Antonio Rudiger is also unavailable due to a groin problem.

Andreas Christensen appears to be fit despite picking up a knock against Arsenal, but the Denmark international could drop to the bench, with Tuchel is expected to shuffle his pack for this match.

Thiago Silva and Trevor Chalobah could both come into the back four, while there are also expected to be returns for Kai HavertzHakim Ziyech and Jorginho, with Romelu Lukaku set to drop out, having again found it difficult to make his mark against Arsenal on Wednesday.

As for West Ham, Issa Diop and Kurt Zouma have recently joined fellow centre-back Angelo Ogbonna on the sidelines, handing Moyes a huge problem when it comes to picking a back two this weekend.

Declan Rice could ultimately be dropped back into the middle of the defence to play alongside Craig Dawson, with Pablo Fornals and Manuel Lanzini playing alongside Tomas Soucek in midfield.

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Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma are likely to operate in the wide areas, with Michail Antonio through the middle, so Nikola Vlasic is expected to drop down to the bench at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; James, Chalobah, Silva, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante; Mount, Ziyech; Havertz, Werner

West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Johnson, Dawson, Rice, Cresswell; Bowen, Fornals, Soucek, Lanzini, Benrahma; Antonio

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