West London plays East London, as Chelsea travel to West Ham on Saturday. Who will line up and what will happen in this fierce derby contest?
Chelsea will be seeking to increase their lead at the top of the English Premier League (EPL) table to four points when they travel to fourth-placed West Ham United on Saturday.
The Blues enter this London derby off the back of a 2-1 victory at Watford on Wednesday. On the same evening, West Ham were held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Hammers will have to survive without centre-back, Angelo Ogbonna, due to a long-term knee problem, but the east London club are optimistic that Aaron Cresswell will recover in time to play.
Cresswell’s return could see Vladimír Coufal drop down to the bench, but there are unlikely to be any changes elsewhere. Therefore, Pablo Fornals, Saïd Benrahma, and Jarrod Bowen will again support Michail Antonio in the final third.
Manuel Lanzini, Nikola Vlašić, and Congolese left-back, Arthur Masuaku, are among the choices for rotation, although it seems unlikely that Hammers manager, David Moyes will decide to shuffle his pack due to the importance of this clash.
Meanwhile, for Chelsea, Mateo Kovačić and Ben Chilwell are definite absentees, while Trevoh Chalobah is expected to miss out with the hamstring issue that he picked up against Watford.
Thomas Tuchel will probably make numerous changes from the side that started on Wednesday, with Jorginho, Thiago Silva, and Romelu Lukaku all expected to start.
N’Golo Kanté and Reece James remain doubtful for the visitors, so Ruben Loftus-Cheek could possibly continue in central midfield, with César Azpilicueta starting as right wing-back.
We are expecting a narrow Chelsea win in this encounter. Our prediction is 2-1 to the visitors, with the Blues winning both halves.