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Pre-Match Briefing: Chelsea vs West Ham United

The run of London derbies ends for Thomas Tuchel’s squad with a west versus east encounter. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton hope of home improvements…

Chelsea have the neighbours (West Ham) round for Sunday roast this weekend as the Premier League enters its last month. This is also the final all-London fling of the campaign for the Blues and a chance to bounce back from the dodgy midweek fare. For the Hammers it is a mere aperitif ahead of their European semi-final banquet.

Wednesday’s derby against Arsenal brought Stamford Bridge the unwelcome statistic of a third consecutive home defeat across all competitions for the first time since November 1993 (when the Gunners were again the third visitors).

The Blues now face eight games over four weeks to achieve two vital targets, the success of which will define our season. Four of them will be played at the Bridge, where hospitality towards our guests has been far too generous this month. Once again, because of the UK government licence, only season ticket holders and away supporters will be present.

All the same, the world champions remain on course to claim a Champions League place in May and have won six of the past eight Premier League outings. And Chelsea have lost just one of our past 15 Premier League encounters with the Irons at home, winning 10 and drawing four.

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