Chelsea will be up against West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday. It’s a big London Derby match which promises to be a thrilling contest. In a direct bid for a top four finish, David Moyes’s men will be up against Thomas Tuchel’s blues.
The Pensioners had the chance to go above West Ham United on points when they welcomed Brighton and Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge.However they had to settle for a draw.
For Chelsea, midfielder Matteo Kovacic is still out but we can expect returns for N’golo Kante, Cesar Azpillecueta and Ben Chilwell who were all misssing against Brighton.
Kovacic is still out but everyone else is available. I think we can hope for Fulham [for Kovacic’s return], but don’t take it as medical advice. Maybe the physios and doctors will kill me for that. I think Madrid could be very close, but obviously, he has not trained with the team.
Moreover goalkeeper Eduoard Mendy is also set to return after he was replaced by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The good news is that we are totally focused on the game with no other subjects around. Mendy is in goal. The change was made for Kepa for the cup game. Even before the cup game, the goalkeeper coach and I decided that Kepa would stay in for one more game after City as a reward to keep the rhythm of playing every three days.
West Ham United vs Chelsea holds a much higher impetus this season. Both teams are in fine form at the moment and the winners in this clash could have a major advantage.
Chelsea has picked up 10 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 2 points per game on average. Their defensive record is stunning under Thomas Tuchel.Chelsea has kept 3 clean sheets in the last 5 games, conceding 6 goals during this period.
However West Ham United have scored in each of their last four matches and have scored 11 goals in their last five matches.
Predicted Line Ups
Chelsea – Eduoard Mendy, Cesar Azpillecueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, N’golo Kante, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic.
West Ham United- Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell, Tomas Soucek, Mark Noble, Ben Johnson ,Vladimir Coufal, Pablo Fornals, Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen.
This is an extremely hard one to call as both teams are on level terms at the moment. West Ham United have potential to score and they’ve shown that. But Chelsea’s big game record under Thomas Tuchel has been impeccable. They haven’t conceded against Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid. We are going with a Chelsea win for tomorrow.
Full Time : CHELSEA 2-1 WEST HAM UNITED