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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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Chelsea to win 2-0 - 13/2

Christian Pulisic to score first - 11/2

Win, lose or draw?

CH: Chelsea go into the game with excellent form, winning all three of their matches since the restart, and there shouldn’t be a reason that can’t continue (6/10).

The Blues can take real confidence from the way they are playing, and Frank Lampard has used the bench and new substitute rules well.

Chelsea should have too much for the West Ham, who have struggled with back-to-back defeats since the restart.

SI: It's tough to see West Ham winning this one given their current form and also, Chelsea's. 

The Blues are unbeaten since the restart whereas the Hammers have lost both of their games by the same scoreline, 2-0. 

However, when Manuel Pellegrini arrived at Stamford Bridge in November needing a win, he got one, so the Hammers can get one over on Chelsea. Can Moyes do the same though?

I don't think there is confidence that he can. West Ham desperately need some points but I can't see them getting any.

Who's a good bet for 1st scorer?

CH: Christian Pulisic suffered a slight knock at the weekend, but if he is fit and raring to go then he could well score the opener.

The American has looked as sharp as anyone and he has netted twice already since the restart, having another good effort against Leicester City.

He’s looking full of confidence and will be hoping to keep up that form.

SI: The Hammers have yet to find the net since the restart so any goal would be nice! 

Someone needs to step up to the mark and put one in the onion bag and I think Jarrod Bowen would be a good bet for a first West Ham goalscorer. 

He has looked more likely than most in the two games to be capable of finding the net and delivering a much needed point or three.

Christian Pulisic netted his second goal in as many games against Manchester City last night. (Image: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Who's on pens?

CH: Jorginho has been left on the bench so far and so Willian (11/4 anytime) will be the man on penalties for Chelsea.

He took a pressure one against Manchester City last week and slammed it away with confidence.

SI: As always, it will be Mark Noble (11/2 anytime). 

Will your team keep a clean sheet?

CH: The Blues kept a clean sheet in the FA Cup at the weekend, but they still look susceptible from set pieces.

West Ham could look to take advantage of that and the Blues will likely concede from one if the Hammers get it right.

SI : Defensively, West Ham have kept their opponents at arms length for around an hour of both games before collapsing in the final half an hour with Moyes failing to adapt his side to the changes that opposing managers have been making. 

I can see that happening again against Chelsea, with the home side getting to the break at 0-0 but then conceding in the second half. So no, I don't see West Ham keeping a clean sheet.

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