Monday, 8 April 2019

Chelsea vs. West Ham, Premier League: Preview, team news



Chelsea will look to maintain their challenge for a top-four finish when they return to Premier League action with a London derby against West Ham on Monday evening.


The Blues moved up to fifth on Wednesday as the perennially under-fire Maurizio Sarri made changes to inspire a comfortable 3-0 home victory over Brighton.


The next visitors to Stamford Bridge are a West Ham team who currently sit 11th in the top-flight after slipping to a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Everton last weekend.
Chelsea vs West Ham team news and predicted line-ups

Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed with a goal for Chelsea against Brighton, but another starting berth on Monday night will likely depend on the status of a long-term back injury.

Sarri did not guarantee that either the 23-year-old or teenage forward Callum Hudson-Odoi would retain their places with a number of important fixtures on the horizon and the manager keen to keep his squad fresh.


Marcos Alonso could return to contention after a hamstring injury, while Pedro is expected to be fit after a muscular issue.

Meanwhile, young Ethan Ampadu is still struggling with his own back problem and long-term absentee Marco van Ginkel (knee) remains sidelined.


Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Higuain, Hazard.

Provisional squad: Kepa, Caballero, Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Palmieri, Rudiger, Luiz, Christensen, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Barkley, Kovacic, Willian, Pedro, Hudson-Odoi, Hazard, Giroud, Higuain

As for West Ham, Manuel Pellegrini will be boosted by the respective returns of Felipe Anderson, Samir Nasri and Ryan Fredericks for the short trip to west London, though only Anderson is expected to start.


The Argentine remains without Andy Carroll, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid.

West Ham (4-3-3): Fabianski; Zabaleta, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Lanzini, Rice; Antonio, Arnautovic, Anderson. ​



Provisional squad: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Lanzini, Anderson, Hernandez, Antonio, Adrian, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Obiang, Nasri, Snodgrass, Arnautovic



Score prediction: Chelsea 2-0 West Ham
Chelsea have not lost a home league match against West Ham since 2002 and cannot afford to slip up here if they are to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive.



Another comfortable win may not completely ease the pressure on Sarri, but it would provide a nice confidence boost ahead of the Europa League quarter-final first-leg tie against Slavia Prague and a trip to Liverpool.



How will they line up?
Callum Hudson-Odoi is expected to return to the bench for the visit of West Ham on Monday night after making his first Premier League start in the win over Brighton.

Hudson-Odoi played the entire game as the Blues won 3-0 to boost their Champions League hopes, while Gonzalo Higuain was an unused substitute.

Higuain is expected to return in place of Olivier Giroud, while Chelsea will assess Ruben Loftus-Cheek's long-standing back problem.
Defender Marcos Alonso faces a race to prove his fitness after a hamstring issue.

Pedro is expected to shake off a knock, while Ethan Ampadu has a back complaint.

Meanwhile, Felipe Anderson, Samir Nasri and Ryan Fredericks are available for West Ham's trip to Chelsea on Monday night.

The trio were all absent as the Hammers crashed to a 2-0 home defeat against Everton last weekend.

Andy Carroll, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid remain sidelined.

Predicted line-ups
Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Higuain, Hazard

West Ham XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Lanzini, Rice; Antonio, Arnautovic, Anderson



Head to Head history and results (h2h)
These two familiar foes have met on 45 occasions in the Premier League era, with Chelsea boasting 24 wins to West Ham's 12. There have been nine draws.

September's meeting at the London Stadium ended 0-0, curtailing a run of five successive league wins for the visitors




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