West Ham are looking to reverse their fortunes tonight as they welcome cross-town rivals, Chelsea, to the London Stadium. Our guide tells you everything you need to know to watch West Ham vs Chelsea in the Premier League this evening.
West Ham vs Chelsea kick-off time
The match gets underway at 8.15pm BST. Don’t expect the normal kick-off routine though, instead players will take a knee as part of the on-going Black Lives Matter protests, with the campaign slogan emblazoned on the shirt sleeves of both teams.
How to watch West Ham vs Chelsea in the UK
The game is available to Sky Sports customers on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD.
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West Ham vs Chelsea match preview
Chelsea have been excellent recently, having convincingly beaten Aston Villa, Leicester and Man City since the restart. The blues currently sit fourth in the table, while West Ham are clinging on, just above the drop zone, in 17th – only outside the relegation zone on goal difference.
If the Hammers fail to win tonight and their rivals, Bournemouth, can win their game against Newcastle, then West Ham could finish the evening in the drop zone. They’re currently even with Bournemouth on just 27 points from 31 league games.
The East Londoners’ form has been torrid since the restart, losing 2-0 to both Wolves and Tottenham. David Moyes was brought in to steady the ship when results went the wrong way under Manuel Pellegrini, but the Scot’s reign has seen the Hammers slip further down the table. Now they’re genuinely threatened by relegation.
In their annual financial statement, released in January, West Ham stated that it was “an absolute necessity” that the club remains in the Premier League. So, the looming threat of relegation is an especially daunting one for Hammers fans. With the club having invested heavily in its stadium, managers and playing staff, relegation could spell serious trouble.
It’s hard to look past a Chelsea win this evening, but West Ham desperately need some points and Hammers fans will hope they can spring an upset. It’s well worth tuning in to see if they can.