Chelsea face West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. The visit by David Moyes ‘team marks the first of four Prime Ministers’ league games over Christmas and New Years
After two losses to Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea will return to familiar surroundings when they welcome West Ham United to Stamford Bridge tonight.
After climbing to the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Leeds United almost two weeks ago, it looked like Chelsea were forced to reckon with this season as they face rivals like Liverpool and London shoulders rubbed Tottenham Hotspur on the summit.
However, they got a little lost due to successive defeats to Everton and Wolves. They are currently nine points behind leaders Liverpool.
Chelsea can reduce this gap on Jürgen Klopp’s side to six points with a win over the Hammers and know that a three-point move would bring them to fifth place over Tottenham.
Head coach Frank Lampard may be forced to shuffle his pack, however, especially with the visit from David Moyes’ side who will play the first of four Premier League games between now and Sunday Jan.. January, marked as the Christmas and New Years period intensified.
With the fixtures going to come tight and swift during the holiday season, Lampard will have no choice but to make changes, with changes against the Hammers being a certainty.
Right-back Reece James is unlikely to appear after he was forced to undergo a knee exam as he fears he could have surgery if the problem worsens. He is ready to be replaced on the starting line-up by Cesar Azpilicueta which means Lampard has no real problems when it comes to finding a replacement for the England international.
Although James is ready to miss the clash with West Ham, winger Hakim Ziyech could return after a hamstring injury. The Moroccan, who joined the Blues from Ajax during a memorable summer transfer window, missed Everton and Wolves defeats after being sent off against Leeds.
Although he wasn’t slated to return until Boxing Day’s clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, Lampard has the prospect of him and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who takes on the Hammers, not ruled out arriving in West London, after winning four of their last six games.
Speaking to the media on Friday, Lampard said: “It’s their first day back that the group has been training at a decent level today. So I’ll have to see how they’re doing over the next two or three days to see if they can make it. “West Ham. “
While Ziyech could return to the daytime squad, Lampard may not run the risk of dropping him on the starting line-up despite the Blues’ recent struggles to create clear opportunities. Should the chief architect of the blues be seen only as fit enough to build the bench, Christian Pulisic will likely represent the right wing again.
Should Pulisic settle on the right, Timo Werner will likely line up on the left and drift inward while Olivier Giroud will continue to take the lead.
Potential Chelsea versus West Ham lineups: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Edge, Kovacic, Mount; Pulisic, Giroud, Werner.
Should Lampard name the above line-up against West Ham tonight, it would mean Kai Havertz would lose his place on the starting line-up against Kovacic as the German international has been battling for form in recent weeks.
However, it should also be taken into account that the Blues are back in action against Arsenal on Saturday, which will be another big game for Lampard’s players. Despite Arsenal’s tough streak of results right now, Lampard is unlikely to make the capital city trip with boastful rights to be won.
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However, when traveling to Emirates Stadium, Lampard could change depending on the fitness of his players, taking into account that they will face Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge just 48 hours later.
With that in mind, Lampard will likely consider his options, which means he can make changes, most likely in the midfield and up front. Havertz, Jorginho, Ziyech and Tammy Abraham could be among those vying for a spot against Arsenal.
James could return as a right-back depending on the condition, but Azpilicueta will likely continue.
Possible Chelsea line-up against Arsenal: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Edge, Jorginho, Havertz; Ziyech, Abraham, Werner.
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