Chelsea vs West Ham LIVE: Latest score, goals and updates from Premier League fixture tonight – The Independent

Havertz on return to fitness and start to life at Chelsea

The Blues had mounted a promising title charge before back-to-back defeats against Everton and Wolves sucked the momentum from their sails. That recent slump has left Frank Lampard’s side eighth in the table and nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool. However, the Blues had shown plenty of promise prior to that stutter and they will be confident of bouncing back, while Callum Hudson-Odoi’s return from injury offers Lampard another option from the bench.

The Hammers will provide imposing opposition, though, after a magnificent start to their season compared to the agitation that overshadowed the previous campaign. David Moyes’s side have lost just two of their last 10 games – against Liverpool and Manchester United – and have otherwise shown great form against the top sides, having already taken points off Manchester City, Tottenham and Leicester. An upset would see West Ham climb up to sixth and recent results in this fixture will only provide them with more hope, having won the last two meetings between the two sides. Follow all the action below:

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Chelsea 1 – 0 West Ham

60 mins: Bowen wins a corner for the Hammers and delivers it himself but Chelsea clear it at the near post. Noble puts another cross into the area and Zouma rises to head this one away. 

Michael Jones21 December 2020 21:20

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57 mins: Cresswell sends it into the middle and Abraham almost clears it but Soucek pressures him and West Ham keep it alive. Bowen brings it into the box and his pass into the middle is blocked before a scramble to win the ball puts it out of play off a West Ham shirt. 

Michael Jones21 December 2020 21:17

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Chelsea 1 – 0 West Ham

54 mins: Jorginho flicks the ball forward trying to pick out Tammy Abraham. Angelo Ogbonna comes over the top of the Chelsea striker and heads the ball away. West Ham take the ball down the pitch and win a corner. 

Michael Jones21 December 2020 21:14

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51 mins: Tammy Abraham bursts free down the right wing and whips a cross into the middle. Werner arrives and slides in to meet the ball but it flies past him and he collides with the West Ham goalkeeper. This one’s hurt Fabianski but he gets up and runs it off. 

Michael Jones21 December 2020 21:11

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Chelsea 1 – 0 West Ham

48 mins: Bowen runs in from the right and slots the ball out ot Creswell on the wing. He’s got four men to target in the box and picks out Haller who heads it wide of goal. 

Michael Jones21 December 2020 21:09

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Second half: Chelsea restart the game but send the ball out of play on the right wing. Creswell throws the ball back into play but it goes out again off Fornals. 

Michael Jones21 December 2020 21:06

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As it stands Chelsea are heading up to fifth in the table. 

Michael Jones21 December 2020 20:56

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Michael Jones21 December 2020 20:48

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Chelsea 1 – 0 West Ham

45+3 mins: Half time. Chelsea have the lead but not the momentum at the break. West Ham have created the better chances since going behind, it feels as though Chelsea have just gone to sleep. Yet it’s the home side who have the advantage leading into the second half. 

Michael Jones21 December 2020 20:48

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Chelsea 1 – 0 West Ham

45 mins: Three minutes of added time to play.

Michael Jones21 December 2020 20:47