Blue and white Nike Flight Premier League balls are seen piled up on the pitch prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 11, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
This is a big game in terms of the top four and I just wonder if West Ham might be in a bit of a trough at the moment after their defeat by Newcastle last time out. Declan Rice and Michail Antonio are injured and Craig Dawson is suspended after his red card against the Magpies. Chelsea did not do a lot in their draw against Brighton on Tuesday, although that game was overshadowed by what was happening to the plans for the ESL. Thankfully that is not something we have to worry about anymore.
West Ham and Chelsea duking it out for a place in the top four should easily be the game of the weekend (sorry Carabao Cup final) and could be one of the games of the season. The bigger picture of the European Super League fiasco is a grim one but small thanks should be paid to Chelsea for firing up their rivals as a win for West Ham would leapfrog them above the breakaway boys into fourth. Just thinking about the prospect raises a smile. The task for David Moyes is a tough one though without Declan Rice to martial a midfield loaded with quality on the other side of the ball.
Match: West Ham United vs Chelsea
Competition: Premier League
Date: April 24, 2021
Kick-off time: 5:30 pm, April 24, 2021 (UK time)
Stadium: London Stadium
Chelsea currently occupy fourth place in the Premier League table, which would ensure they are back at Europe’s top table next season (despite their apparent eagerness to walk away from the competition at the start of the week).