Premier League Leaders Chelsea take on West Ham United away from Home at the London stadium in Search of a sixth consecutive League Win. Maurizio Sarri’s men are coming fresh off of a dominant 1-0 win against Greek team PAOK in the Europa League and even managed to rest some key players for the clash against West Ham. Chelsea have won all the five of their opening games while West Ham won only their first game last week against Everton. “The Hammers” are languishing at 16th place on the table with only one win and 4 losses for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
West Ham- Mexican Striker Javier Hernandez Chicharito is out with an illness. English midfielder Jack Wilshere remains sidelined with an Ankle Injury. Marko Arnautovic is still a doubt for the London Derby after being subbed off in the Second-Half against Everton. Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid are the long-term injuries on Pellegrini’s list.
Predicted XI: Fabianski, Masuaku, Diop, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Rice, Anderson, Obiang, Noble, Yarmolenko, Perez
Chelsea- Pedro is a major concern for Maurizio Sarri after the Spaniard suffered a shoulder injury in Greece against PAOK. David Luiz, Eden Hazard, and Mateo Kovacic were rested and didn’t make the trip to Greece. Hazard and Luiz should return to the lineup while Ross Barkley is likely to replace Kovacic in Midfield. Olivier Giroud will most Probably replace out of form Striker Alvaro Morata.
Predicted XI: Arizzabalaga, Alonso, Luiz, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Hazard, Giroud, Willian
West Ham- Andriy Yarmolenko
4 – Andriy Yarmolenko is the fourth Ukrainian player to score in the Premier League (also Rebrov, Shevchenko and Voronin) and the first since Andriy Voronin for Liverpool against Spurs in May 2008. Quartet. pic.twitter.com/8IKEckZrOe
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Yarmalenko scored a brace against Everton and was West Ham’s best player against the Toffees. He will be key to West Ham’s success this Season.
Chelsea- Eden Hazard
What can we say about Eden Hazard that hasn’t been said before? He’s absolutely sensational and his appetite for scoring Goals is higher than ever this Season. Not only Chelsea but the Premier League is Lucky to have him.
Prediction: West Ham 0-2 Chelsea
West Ham may have registered their first win but this Chelsea team look unstoppable and Sarriball should prevail. Hazard should find the back of the net once again.