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West Ham vs Chelsea, Premier League live: score and latest updates



David Moyes has been talking about Michail Antonio in the build-up to this afternoon’s opening Premier League fixture.

Antonio has been involved in 10 goals in his last 10 Premier League London derbies, but has not found the net for the Hammers since October 24 during a 1-0 win over Tottenham.

The 31-year-old started the season in emphatic fashion, scoring four goals in the first three top-flight matches, but has scored only three more times since.

“I think when you’re a centre forward we can think of many who go through a barren spell and don’t quite get the goals and it’s not going in for them,” Moyes said.

“I mean, Mic been a little bit unlucky, he had a really good header the other night that the keeper made a save from. Mic is really important for us, he is a focal point for our team.

“We’ve needed him over the last couple of years playing as a centre forward. We’ve missed him when we have not had him so I’m hoping we can get him back into scoring ways and into top form.”

The Hammers currently sit fourth in the Premier League, a point ahead of Arsenal in fifth and three points clear of Manchester United.

Moyes is likely to still be without Aaron Cresswell for the match against Chelsea while Angelo Ogbonna remains sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury.

Thomas Tuchel, meanwhile, is delighted by the “massive” boost of Reece James and Jorginho’s return to fitness. James missed Wednesday’s 2-1 win at Watford with an ankle injury, while Italy midfielder Jorginho was not fit enough to start.

Chelsea are still without sidelined quartet Trevoh Chalobah, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell for the  trip. “Reece James and Jorginho are both available again,” said Tuchel.

“It’s massive, because Reece is the specialist on the right, and Jorgi is the guy left from Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and him from the three on whose shoulders we put the central role over a very long period now.

“I’m absolutely happy that Ruben Loftus-Cheek steps in in the way he does it, but we are happy that Jorgi is back in training.”




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