Mark Lawrenson impressed with West Ham, explains his prediction v Chelsea

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Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea and West Ham to draw 1-1 this weekend.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Chelsea and West Ham United will draw 1-1 at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Chelsea head into the game having been beaten 2-0 by Everton in the FA Cup last weekend, whilst before that they lost 2-1 at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Guus Hiddink remains unbeaten in the Premier League since replacing Jose Mourinho back in December, but he will be without the services of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa this weekend.

After a 1-1 draw in their last Premier League game against Stoke City, Chelsea will be hoping to record a home win, but they take on an impressive West Ham United side.

Slaven Bilic's men have won their last three Premier League games and now sit just two points off a Champions League, with Dimitri Payet earning plaudits for his sensational performances.

The Hammers beat Chelsea 2-1 at Upton Park back in October, and will be hoping to keep up their fine run of form by ending Hiddink's unbeaten run as Chelsea boss.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has praised the Hammers for their impressive performance in the FA Cup against Manchester United last weekend, and admitted he would be tempted to back Bilic's men for a win this weekend, but told BBC Sport he is going for a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

"West Ham put in another good away performance in their draw with Manchester United in their FA Cup quarter-final and they will probably feel they should have won that tie," said Lawrenson. "Chelsea's season was effectively ended by that FA Cup defeat by Everton,and they will be without suspended striker Diego Costa at the weekend."

"I am tempted to back the Hammers to win again but Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink remains unbeaten in the Premier League since taking over before Christmas, and I think he will rack up another draw here," he added.

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