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Chelsea share spoils with West Ham United in late Premier League fixture

Chelsea share spoils with West Ham United in late Premier League fixture

West Ham manager David Moyes watched summer target Ryan Fredericks in midweek. Replying strongly after the interval, Marcos Alonso was denied by Hugo Lloris in what would have been a deserved goal to return their advantage.

Chelsea continued to push forward and made their pressure tell in the 36 minute when Cesar Azpilicueta found himself in the right place at the right time to fire home a rebound from close range, 1-0.

Moyes' side weathered the early storm, however, and could have taken the lead themselves in the 14th minute when Marko Arnautovic pulled down a long ball in the penalty area.

Chelsea's prospects of catching fourth-placed Tottenham, who are 10 points ahead of them, now look even more remote.

He did say that Javier Hernandez would be available for the 4.30pm kick-off. "Football is simple: If you score, you win".

The 29-year-old has eight goals this season in 1,455 Premier League minutes, including four in his last seven outings.

The half ended with the home side leading by a single goal.

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Alvaro Morata has scored in his last two league and cup games for Chelsea, and will be hoping to score in three successive matches for the first time since joining the Blues.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is set to come back into the side after making his way back from a hamstring injury.

Theoretically the West Ham 'keeper is still in contention for the England No.1 shirt, as Gareth Southgate has yet to settle on a man between the sticks.

Now they are only a few wins away from survival. "They created a lot but we stood strong".

The Hammers have become something of a bogey side for Chelsea in recent years but this match could serve to re-address the balance back in favour of the Blues.

Inside, Chelsea and West Ham supporters, usually fierce rivals, united to sing "there's only one Ray Wilkins" and held aloft a huge flag with his image.


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