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Lawro’s prediction

Mark Lawrenson believes Chelsea and West Ham will draw this weekend.

The Hammers face a really tough run-in to the Premier League season, as they will take on the Blues, Arsenal and Manchester City before the campaign is over.

The Blues, though, have been in very mixed form in recent weeks, losing to both Brentford and Arsenal, while also thumping Southampton and reaching the FA Cup final by beating Crystal Palace at Wembley.

They remain third, though, while the Irons need to string some wins together to remain in the hunt for the top six, although it is a balancing act, as the Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt looms.

David Moyes’ side have only won one of their last four league games, with their most recent outing being a 1-1 draw with Burnley, and Lawro believes the two sides will each take a point from this weekend’s clash.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: “Chelsea were extremely vulnerable at the back against Arsenal on Wednesday, which was strange to see.

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“Afterwards, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel blamed the pitch for some awkward bounces, but I don’t buy that. That might have been an excuse in the 1970s or 1980s because surfaces could be terrible then – but not now.

“West Ham have got a big game to look forward to next Thursday, with their Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt, but they will benefit from having a rare midweek off before this game.

“David Moyes’ side had started to look a little bit leggy but the rest will do them good. They have already taken points off Chelsea this season when they beat them at London Stadium in December, and I think they will have some joy here too.”

Lawro’s prediction: Chelsea 1-1 West Ham. 

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.