The 4th Official
·3 December 2021
The 4th Official
·3 December 2021
West Ham United clash heads with the league leaders Chelsea in Saturday’s Premier League early kick-off at the London stadium. With no wins in the last 3 league games, the Hammers looks to have fallen off the track and will be desperate to get back to winning ways on Saturday. West Ham are still in 4th place fighting for a Champions League spot due to their spectacular start to the season. The London teams are although not far behind and any points further dropped will see them out of the top 4 in the league table.
Chelsea, on the other hand, edged out a narrow victory over Watford in the midweek following a draw vs Manchester United at home which saw their lead cut out to only 1 point at the top. With the games coming thick and fast now in the busy December schedule, the Blues will be hoping to gather as much points as possible and hold on to that top spot.
David Moyes is expected to go with a 4-2-3-1 formation with the likes of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek sitting in the middle of the park and dictating the game. The physicality of the midfield pair will be key to the Hammers success. The front line of Bowen, Benrahma and Antonio will be looking to use their pace and get behind the solid Chelsea defence.
Thomas Tuchel will stick to his 3-4-2-1 system with the 2 attacking midfielders dropping deep to create space for the wing-backs. Chelsea will need to be patient and work their way through the West Ham defence which is expected to sit deep most of the time. Romelu Lukaku is expected to start this weekend and Tuchel will be hoping to get back the services of Reece James.
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 24: Mason Mount of Chelsea battles for possession with Tomas Soucek of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at London Stadium on April 24, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)
West Ham United
The Hammers will be without Angelo Ogbonna who is set to miss out on a length spell due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Aaron Cresswell is also out for this clash with a back injury. David Moyes is otherwise expected to have all others fit to choose from on Saturday.
The Blues will be missing quite a few players this weekend. The likes of Ben Chilwell, Travoh Chalobah, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante are all set to miss the tie due to injuries. Chalobah is the latest Chelsea player to go into the injury books with a hamstring injury. Tuchel will be hoping for the return of Reece James and Jorginho on Saturday as they missed the trip to Watford.
West Ham United: Fabianski; Johnson, Dawson, Zouma, Coufal; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals; Antonio
Chelsea: Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; James, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Havertz; Lukaku
West Ham United 0-1 Chelsea
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