Final score of last night’s Premier League: West Ham 3-2 Chelsea
The team news is in from east London ahead of Chelsea’s clashed with West Ham in the Premier League.
Chelsea headed into the London derby on a run of five successive wins in all competitions and have a 100% start since the season resumed.
While David Moyes will be hoping his side can claim a result on Wednesday evening in their bid for survival.
HOW IT STARTED
West Ham XI to face Chelsea: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Lanzini, Bowen, Antonio
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Bench: Randolph, Johnson, Balbuena, Wilshere, Lewis, Yarmolenko, Anderson, Xande Silva, Ajet
Chelsea XI to face West Ham: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Kante, Kovacic, Barkley; Willian, Abraham, Pulisic
Bench: Caballero, Zouma, James, Jorginho, Gilmour, Mount, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud
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Chelsea concede last-minute goal to dent Champions League hopes
West Ham bagged a last-gasp winner to secure a 3-2 victory which has dented Chelsea’s hopes of a Champions League qualification spot on Wednesday at the London Stadium.
Willian bagged a brace for the Blues, one from the penalty spot in the first-half and then a free-kick in the 72nd minute.
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But West Ham weren’t going down without a fight and despite having a goal chalked off for offside, Tomáš Souček scored a header in first-half stoppage time, while Michail Antonio did give the hosts the lead in the second-half after tapping in from close range.
West Ham won it with one minute to go on the counter-attack as Andriy Yarmolenko found the far corner leaving Kepa with no chance.
Frank Lampard brought Tammy Abraham and Mateo Kovacic back into the Premier League side, while Christian Pulisic and Andreas Christensen were deemed fit enough to start.
Chelsea as expected dominated proceedings from the early exchanges but it was the hosts who had the first big chance of the game. Michail Antonio held off Antonio Rudiger but dragged his effort wide of Kepa’s goal.
Lampard’s side had plenty of the ball and in the 20th minute Christian Pulisic should have put Chelsea ahead. Abraham dummied the ball but the American couldn’t curl his effort on target.
Tomáš Souček thought he put West Ham ahead after bundling the ball home but VAR was called upon and after minutes of deliberation, it was ruled out in controversial fashion.
But it was Chelsea who took the lead, and from the penalty spot. Christian Pulisic drawed a foul in the box and Willian fired the Blues ahead three minutes before the break.
The first-half wasn’t over yet though and in stoppage time, David Moyes’ side got their equaliser. Another set-piece and it was Souček again who met the delivery and steered the Hammers into the break level.
West Ham started the second-half the better side, looked hungrier and they got their rewards. Six minutes into the half, Jarrod Bowen squared it across the box and Antonio smashed it in from close range to give the Hammers the lead for the first time.
Manuel Lanzini had a great chance shortly after to extend their advantage but he, like Pulisic in the first-half, could only fire his effort over the bar.
Christian Pulisic has looked Chelsea’s brightest spark since the Premier League restart and he was fouled by Declan Rice on the edge of the box in the just after the 70th minute. Willian, already a scorer of one set-piece, stepped up and struck a fine effort into the far corner to level the game up with 18 minutes to go.
Pulisic’s star performance continued and he nearly had a goal for his efforts but his right-footed effort from the edge of the box flied just past the outside of the post.
It was the Hammers though who sealed the three points in the 89th minute. The hosts broke and Antonio played in Yarmolenko, and he cooly cut in and dispatched to hand Moyes’ side a 3-2 victory.
It was too little too late for Lampard’s side and they failed to capitalise on Leicester’s defeat to Everton.
Chelsea’s spot in the top-four is now closed to two points with six games to play.
Michail Antonio speaks to Sky Sports after full-time…
“It is massive. There’s been so many games where we’ve been so close, and today we managed to get a goal, go underneath, go 1-0 down, bring it back, go to 2-2 and get the winner at the end, it shows the grit we’ve got, the belief that we’ve got, and we’re going to keep going until the end.
“I really dislike VAR! I really dislike it. This season, so many things have not gone our way, it’s gone against us so many times, but today it’s gone with us and got us the victory.
“It was hard. They keep the ball so well, they keep the ball and they pin us in, when they lose it they press us straight away. I’ve got to get on loose balls and try to keep it for the team. It was very hard but we showed the fight we’ve got, the grit that we’ve got and keep going until the end.
“Yarmolenko’s got that in abundance for the winner. You’ve seen it all season, he goes on his left and puts it in the corner. It’s difficult to stop. It shows the squad we have, we shouldn’t be in the situation we are, but we are, and we’ve got to get out of it.
“It gives us the belief, not just the fact we’ve won the game, but the fact we went down. We got a goal taken away from us, we got back in, Chelsea are a quality team, the squad they have – if we can do it against them, we can do it against everybody.”