Chelsea Match Preview
West Ham United suffered last-minute heartache on Wednesday as they drew 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion in Stratford. Now, David Moyes will want to improve on his excellent record against Chelsea in Stratford when Thomas Tuchel’s men arrive in East London for Saturday’s early kick-off.
The Hammers ended Liverpool’s unbeaten record when the Reds visited last month and Moyes will be hoping to see his team get back on track and attempt to beat the current Premier League leaders.
Both sides were in action on Wednesday night and it is Chelsea who are clearly showing the better form going into this encounter. The Blues may not have played with their normal level of intensity last time out but they still achieved a 2-1 success against newly-promoted Watford at Vicarage Road.
Aaron Cresswell wasn’t fit enough to take his place against the Seagulls and was replaced in the starting line-up by Vladimír Coufal. Whilst the Czech defender is likely to retain his place in the side, the former Ipswich Town man may play some part, as he has resumed training following his back injury.
Manuel Lanzini performed well again when he appeared from the bench last time out and he will be hoping that he has now done enough to earn a starting place. If he is included, then the Argentine midfielder could take the place of Saïd Benrahma.
Andriy Yarmolenko and Nikola Vlašić are in contention if Moyes decides to change his system and play two upfront.
Saturday’s match is a a 12:30pm kick-off with live coverage being screened by BT Sport from 11:30am. The referee is Andre Marriner.