West Ham vs Chelsea prediction: Christian Pulisic backed to maintain goalscoring form

Frank Lampard has played down the importance of Chelsea’s next match away to West Ham United. 

Lampard dismissed the hype around the game despite his connections with West Ham during his playing career. 

He said: “In terms of being a special game, it’s certainly a special game in the fact that we want three points, nothing more than that, particularly for myself, even with the West Ham connection this is all about what we can do to keep pushing for the Champions League spots.

“Declan Rice is a good player, you’re right, and I’ve known DC for a long time, he was in the Chelsea academy.

“But there’s no talk, I keep saying, about every player we’ll be asked about. Until these games and this season is finished, there’s nothing to say.”

Meanwhile, West Ham boss David Moyes hopes the players will take comfort in their form against their London rivals. 

He said: “Well I hope the team can take comfort from it, we’re looking for positives, we’re looking for things to keep us nice and high.

“When I was here last time we beat Chelsea at home and as you rightly said the players had a good result against them this season so we have to look at it as a real positive.

“But I was one of the fortunate ones that went to see Chelsea against Manchester City in midweek and undoubtedly we saw two very very good teams, two technically gifted teams and obviously a real good game as well.”

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