Mark Lawrenson predicts West Ham United v Chelsea scoreline

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson believes Chelsea will beat West Ham United.

Former Republic of Ireland international Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Chelsea will beat West Ham United in his BBC column.

The Blues are riding high after beating Tottenham 2-0 in Sunday's Capital One Cup final, and will now look to continue their fine Premier League form tonight.

Jose Mourinho's men are unbeaten in their last six games, and whilst the recent 1-1 home draw with Burnley was disappointing, they sit five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Meanwhile, West Ham have won just one of the last ten Premier League games, and the pressure is on manager Sam Allardyce to drag the Hammers out of their recent rut.

After losing 3-1 to Crystal Palace on Saturday, the visit of Chelsea isn't a welcome one - especially considering that the Blues beat them 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.

And now, pundit Lawrenson has predicted the exact same scoreline in his recent column for the BBC, suggesting that West Ham will put up a fight but Chelsea are just too strong.

"This is not a particularly appealing fixture for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho straight after winning the Capital One Cup," Lawrenson wrote. "I know West Ham are not playing very well at the moment but there is always an edge to this fixture and the Hammers will also test them physically. I think Chelsea will pass the test, though."

Chelsea may be missing midfielder Nemanja Matic through suspension, but they proved on Sunday that they can still win without the Serbian - and many are expecting the Blues to pile on the misery for Allardyce and West Ham.

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