Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson claims Chelsea have simply been "unlucky" this season.

Lawro can't see Roman Abramovich sacking Rafa Benitez, writing in the Mirror: "He would be laughed out of town if he made the change after three games but I wouldn't put it past him to do it eventually.

"Especially if he seriously thinks Chelsea are not going to qualify for next season's Champions League. I don't believe he would give it a second thought.

"Chelsea have not won in seven games - their worst run under Abramovich and their worst in the Premier League for 18 seasons.

"If the Russian is serious about attracting Pep ­Guardiola, does he believe he could do so with Chelsea in the Europa League? No chance.

"Yet Chelsea have simply been unlucky. Had you said at half-time on Saturday that the final score would be 3-1 to West Ham you would have been thought crazy.

"Had Chelsea scored a second goal before the break, which they increasingly looked like doing, they would have won by four. They didn't but it was not as if they were hopeless for 90 minutes. They played really well in the first half."