Crystal Palace are desperate for a win and it will not be easy for them when they host London rivals Chelsea on Saturday.

The first game of the English Premier League weekend will see West Ham host Chelsea in what promises to be an enthralling affair.

Chelsea have still only lost once this season and remain top with 33 points, nine ahead of fourth place West Ham.

The Hammers have not won in their last three games and come into the encounter on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.

Meanwhile, the Blues were winners on the road by the same score line against Watford.

West Ham lost both league matches against Chelsea last season, including a 1-0 defeat at the London Stadium, but they did record a 3-2 victory over the Blues on home soil last July.

Play here to make your predictions for the highly-anticipated London derby.

What time does West Ham vs Chelsea start?

The game kicks off at 3:30pm Kenyan time at the London Stadium.

West Ham vs Chelsea team news

Aaron Creswell could be fit to return to the starting XI for the hosts, to replace Angelo Ogbonna who has been ruled out with a knee problem.

Manuel Lanzini and Nikola Vlasic have been out of favor and it doesn’t seem likely that they will start the game.

Up front, Michail Antonio will be the main man supported by Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma.

For the visitors, it’s still too soon for Ben Chilwell and Matteo Kovacic, with Trevor Chalobah also expected to miss out due to a hamstring problem.

Thiago Silva and Romelu Lukaku are expected to return to the starting XI, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek also poised to retain his midfield role.

West Ham vs Chelsea head to head

From the 42 matches played between these two London clubs, Chelsea have been superior, winning 24 times.

David Moyes’ side have been victorious on 9 occasions and a similar number of games ending in a stalemate.

West Ham vs Chelsea current form

The hosts have won twice, lost twice and drawn just once in their last five outings while Chelsea are unbeaten in that run, winning three times in between two draws.

West Ham vs Chelsea prediction

This game will be a cagey affair but with how tight Chelsea’s defense has been, it’s doubtful that it will be a high-scoring game. Chelsea have enough to win again on the road.

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