The Hammers absolutely cannot afford to lose this afternoon.
Newcastle did us a huge favour earlier today, picking up a point away at Liverpool.
In fact, it could be argued that we actually HAVE to win the game.
And with Chelsea perhaps having one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid, the stars may well be aligning for West Ham.
Champions League football is a very real possibility. It feels like a very real prospect.
And if West Ham beat the Blues today, the fans really will start to believe this is our season.The team that David Moyes has picked to take on Chelsea today has every chance of bringing home the win.
Each and every player will have to be 100% on it this evening. Chelsea will be very tough opponents. We have proven this season that we are as resilient as they come, however.
All that’s left to say is come on boys, do the job. Bring home the win. Let’s do this.
Moyes and Tuchel shuffle their packs
David Moyes makes two changes from the side that lost to Newcastle last time out, with Balbuena coming in for the suspended Craig Dawson, while Ryan Fredericks slots in at left wing back.
Thomas Tuchel, meanwhile, makes wholesale changes from the side that drew with Brighton, with the likes of Timo Werner, Ngolo Kante and Thiago Silva brought back into the side.