Predicted Chelsea line-up to face West Ham in the Premier League
Chelsea continued their winning start under Maurizio Sarri by beating PAOK Salonika in their opening Europa League fixture. The Blues are also unbeaten in the league and are very much one of the early pacesetters in the league.
The Blues come up against West Ham United on Sunday, an opposition Chelsea have had trouble against in recent years. Sarri’s men will nevertheless be full of confidence against a Hammers side that seems to be struggling for points right now.
Pedro is said to be a doubt for the game and will be facing a late fitness test. Matteo Kovacic is also suffering from a dead leg but could feature. Apart from that, Sarri has no real injury concerns to worry about and can deploy his strongest squad against West Ham.
Probable Chelsea XI
Manager: Maurizio Sarri
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK)
The Spaniard will continue in goal for the Blues. He is yet to be truly tested though.
Cesar Azpilicueta (RB)
Chelsea’s most consistent defender over the years will continue to maraud down the right flank. His supply has always been crucial for the Blues.
Antonio Rudiger (CB)
Rudiger has flourished after receiving a regular role under Sarri this season. He will continue to lead the line at the back.
David Luiz (CB)
Luiz has received a new lease of life under Sarri and has been a key member so far. Should start this game.
Marcos Alonso (LB)
One of Chelsea’s most potent threats going forward, Marcos Alonso always has a chance to score or assist.
N’Golo Kante (RCM)
Kante continues to defy the odds and win hearts with his supreme performances on the field. The Frenchman is starting to become a favourite worldwide.
Jorginho’s quick passing and distribution have been fruitful for Chelsea in the middle of the park. He will continue to pull the strings in midfield.
Ross Barkley (LCM)
Given that Kovacic is suffering from a dead leg, Ross Barkley should continue on the left-hand side of midfield after putting in a good performance in mid-week.
Willian always delivers when called upon. He has been one of Chelsea’s most consistent and potent wingers over the years. He will start in place of Pedro.
Olivier Giroud (ST)
Giroud seems to be doing a lot more right now as compared to Alvaro Morata. The French World Cup winner loves scoring against the Hammers and will definitely be aiming to get one.
Eden Hazard (LW)
The Belgian has been sublime for the Blues this season after playing a more offensive role under Sarri. He scored a hat-trick last weekend and will surely threaten West Ham’s weak backline.