Hernandez earns West Ham a valuable point at Chelsea

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09 April, 2018

When asked on the potential returns for Courtois and Pedro, Conte replied: "Yeah, could be".

Cesar Azpilicueta had given Chelsea the lead in he first half, attacking a loose ball in the six yard box with the help of some very bad defending on West Ham's part.

While the Blues had a few good moments against Tottenham, they simply couldn't deal with the counter which shows how far the side has fallen from last season.

Sunday's draw leaves the defending champions 10 points behind Liverpool and Tottenham in third and fourth.

He did say that Javier Hernandez would be available for the 4.30pm kick-off. While it has a lot to live up to surpass the excitement levels provided in Manchester, it's a game which both teams desperately need to win to restore some lost face.

The Blues were defeated by Spurs last week at home, 3-1, and are on the outskirts in the race for a Champions League berth next season.

However, their defences collapsed in the 36th minute when Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta flicks Alvaro Morata's pass into the back of the net to put the home team ahead.

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Theoretically the West Ham 'keeper is still in contention for the England No.1 shirt, as Gareth Southgate has yet to settle on a man between the sticks.

With West Ham stepping back off the front foot during a more relaxed second half, they remained the superior side in the contest.

Arnautovic did well to cut the ball back for the Mexican, whose first-time strike from 13 yards out beat Thibaut Courtois at his near post.

Here are the biggest winners and losers from this evening's match between the sides. They create chances, they are ready to suffer and win the game.

The Brazilian has been Chelsea's best player this season and he deserves more than the Europa League next term.

Chelsea play their first game since the passing of club legend Ray Wilkins when they meet West Ham this afternoon.


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