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Predicted Chelsea XI vs West Ham


Chelsea will seek to return to winning ways when they entertain West Ham United in the London derby this weekend. The Blues suffered a disappointing 3-1 league defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur last time around, and this has pretty much ended their top-four hopes for the season.

Formation: 3-4-3

Lineup:

Thibaut Courtois has returned to first-team training ahead of the Hammers clash, and the Belgium is likely to replace Willy Caballero between the sticks.

Judging by Conte’s recent selection, the defence is likely to stay the same with Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger making up a three-man backline.

Similarly, Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso should take up their regular positions at right and left wing-back respectively. The former provided the assist for Alvaro Morata‘s opener last weekend.

In midfield, Cesc Fabregas seems to have established himself as the preferred choice alongside N’Golo Kante and the combination may not be altered for the cross-town derby.

Going forward, Willian and Eden Hazard have been the Blues’ standout performers in 2018, and the pair should slot in the right and left-wing positions respectively.

Alvaro Morata has returned to scoring form with back-to-back goals against Leicester and Spurs, and the Spaniard should get the nod over Olivier Giroud to start upfront.


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