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Chelsea vs West Ham: Premier League – LIVE!

Stamford Bridge is the venue for another intriguing Premier League London derby clash between Chelsea and West Ham this afternoon. The hosts are smarting after another insipid defeat at Southampton and Thomas Tuchel will be demanding a reaction from his side in a contest that was originally supposed to take place tomorrow, only to be moved at a week’s notice.

Tuchel can fully focus on the task at hand with the transfer window now closed, with Wesley Fofana available for a potential debut today. However, fellow new recruits Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria will not feature, while N’Golo Kante remains sidelined.

West Ham were unlucky not to beat Tottenham in another derby in midweek and may fancy their chances of pulling off only their second win in the last 17 visits to this ground. David Moyes must also decide whether or not to hand a full debut to marquee summer signing Lucas Paqueta. Follow Chelsea vs West Ham LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below, featuring expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella and Malik Ouzia at the Bridge!

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Tuchel: No big issues with Aubameyang at Dortmund

Thomas Tuchel has no concerns over ‘top character’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he joined Chelsea.

The 33-year-old striker was one of two deadline day signings for Chelsea, along with Juventus midfielder Denis Zakaria, that took the club’s spend on incoming transfers to a single-window record £273million.

Speaking ahead of his side’s clash against West Ham after deadline day, Tuchel lauded his reunion with Aubameyang, with whom he worked closely at Borussia Dortmund.

“There was only one incident (at Dortmund), it was not about timekeeping but the rule we set between the matches,” Tuchel told reporters at Cobham. “He forgot about that rule and visited his hairdresser. I guess that was it! Nothing big, never a big issue.”

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Prediction

West Ham did hit their straps at times against Spurs and, frankly, Chelsea look lethargic.

The Blues have not yet had a truly convincing win this season and it would be no surprise to see them slip-up again.

West Ham to win, 2-1.

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West Ham team news

David Moyes, meanwhile, has revealed club-record signing Lucas Paqueta will likely have to wait for his start, though he could be involved in some capacity.

“Settling in is always going to be difficult for any players coming in,” Moyes said. “His English is very limited, that is one of the issues we have got at the moment but overall, he’s in, he trained yesterday, we want to get him involved.

Ben Johnson is out for West Ham, as is Nayef Aguerd, with both Gianluca Scamacca and Aaron Cresswell doubts.

West Ham predicted XI (3-4-3): Fabianski; Kehrer, Zouma, Cresswell; Coufal, Rice, Soucek, Fornals; Benrahma, Antonio, Bowen

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Chelsea team news

N’Golo Kante remains out for Chelsea, while new signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria also won’t feature this afternoon. However, fellow new recruit Wesley Fofana could make his debut.

Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all available after injury and illness, with Conor Gallagher back from suspension.

Chelsea predicted XI: Mendy; James, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, Cucurella; Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho; Ziyech, Mount; Sterling, Havertz

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How to watch Chelsea vs West Ham

TV channel and live stream: Today’s game will not be broadcast live in the UK due to the TV blackout imposed across English football during 3pm kick-offs.

Highlights, however, will be available when Match of the Day airs on BBC One at 10.30pm on Saturday night.

LIVE coverage: Get minute-by-minute updates with us right here, featuring expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella and Malik Ouzia at the Bridge.

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Good afternoon!

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Chelsea vs West Ham!

Once again Thomas Tuchel and his side return to Stamford Bridge needing a big response after a woeful away display, the latest a tame defeat against Southampton.

West Ham come into it off the back of another London derby, when they produced their best performance of the season to draw with Tottenham in midweek.

We’ll have all the latest build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 3pm BST from Stamford Bridge. Stay tuned!

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