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West Ham host Chelsea in the Premier League this afternoon in a clash that could help decide the race for the top four.

The sides are level on 55 points and are locked in a battle with Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton in the battle for Champions League qualification.

The Hammers are fifth but lost ground last weekend after losing 3-2 to Newcastle at St James’ Park, while Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Brighton on Tuesday.

The winner would take a huge step to securing Champions League qualification with six games left to play in the Premier League this season, while a draw would open the door for Liverpool, Spurs and Everton. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

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When is it

The match will kick off at 5:30pm GMT on Saturday 24 April.

How can I watch

The match will air live on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League with coverage starting at 5pm GMT. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

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What is the team news?

West Ham are likely to be without Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku, while Declan Rice and Michail Antonio remain long-term absences. David Moyes will also be unable to select Craig Dawson after the defender was sent off in the defeat to Newcastle.

Matteo Kovacic has been ruled out of Chelsea’s next two games due to injury, but Tuchel has no other injury concerns. The Chelsea manager has confirmed that Edouard Mendy will start in goals after Kepa Arrizabalaga played the last two matches.

Confirmed line-ups

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Coufal, Balbuena, Diop, Ogbonna, Fredericks, Noble, Soucek, Fornals, Lingard, Bowen.

Chelsea XI: Mendy, Christensen, Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell, Mount, Werner, Pulisic

Prediction

This timing of this match comes at a far from ideal time for both teams, given West Ham’s injuries and Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid around the corner. Moyes’ side have played out three 3-2 scorelines in a row, with a 3-3 draw before that, while Chelsea have typically been involved in low-scoring affairs under Tuchel. Expect this one to go Chelsea’s way, but only just. West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

Odds

West Ham: 15/4

Draw: 14/5

Chelsea: 3/4

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