Chelsea take on a high-flying West Ham side on Saturday as the fourth and fifth placed Premier League teams face off in London.
Chelsea return to Premier League action after a stalemate against Brighton. The Blues are set to travel to the London Stadium for their derby against West Ham on Saturday, just three days prior to their Champions League semi-final meeting against Real Madrid.
With a win, the west Londoners could take total control of fourth place by going three points clear of the Hammers. However, David Moyes has managed to get the best out of his own squad, which has by no mean been an easy nut to crack in recent weeks.
Mateo Kovacic and Thiago Silva are both missing for Chelsea with injuries, but Thomas Tuchel is likely to rotate his squad nonetheless, at the back of a demanding midweek game. Edouard Mendy will return to goal, though, after Kepa Arrizabalaga played the last two matches.
Cesar Azpilicueta was rested in the midweek fixture but is set to return to the starting eleven. Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are likely to keep their spots in the team, with Kurt Zouma likely to get a rest ahead of the first leg against Real Madrid.
Jorginho will keep his place in the middle of midfield and will be joined by N’Golo Kante. West Ham’s attacks are fluid down the centre and hence, the duo will be tasked with more defensive duties than usual. There are likely to be rotations in the wing-back roles.
Marcos Alonso seems to have been reserved for the Champions League and hence, Ben Chilwell could play in the Premier League on Saturday. Reece James has played a lot of football and may be granted time on the bench, with Callum Hudson-Odoi coming in. The Englishmen will be on the left and right flanks, respectively.
Christian Pulisic is likely to keep his place on the left wing of attack amid a run of good form. It’s the first time that the American international has found regular minutes under Tuchel and will look to repay his manager’s trust.
Mason Mount, who played in his last match as a midfielder will assume an advanced role this time around on the right flank. Timo Werner will lead the line after being rested against Brighton. The German has not scored in the league since February but has Tuchel’s trust.
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