Chelsea will be facing London rivals West Ham United in the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, in London, England, on Monday night (IST).
What competition it is? Premier League
Teams: Chelsea and West Ham United
Kick Off: Saturday 8 April
Match Timing: 01:15 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Stamford Bridge (41,631)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action live on Hotstar App.
When Maurizio Sarri was unveiled as the Chelsea boss at the start of the current season, he touched on his desire to spend a long time at the SW6. And it indeed looked the case as the Blues started the season on a magnificent note, stringing unbeaten start to the campaign and going toe to toe with both Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title.
But ever since Wolves shocked them 2-1 in the Premier League in the first week of December, Chelsea never looked the same.
There have been some incredible results though like the 2-0 win over Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur respectively. However, the Blues failed to emulate the kind of form they showed in the initial part of the season.
Now the case with Sarri is that the noise questioning about his position with the club is not dying despite Chelsea sitting in a good position on the table. He is certainly under pressure, to deliver what was expected from him at the start of the season.
For sure, taking the club back to the Champions League was the first and the primary target. Sarri can still deliver on that for Chelsea are 5th on the table, just one point behind 3rd placed Tottenham Hotspur.
While there is every chance that the Blues may end up with a silverware this season as they are still alive in the Europa League. The 2013 champions will be facing Slavia Praha in the quarterfinals.
While West Ham United have had their fair share of inconsistency this season. In fact, there have been way too many torrid periods for a club aiming to break into the top-six.
The Hammers have alternated between victories and defeats in the last six games, with their last one ending in a 0-2 home defeat against Everton.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini is not under pressure though, at least not in the immediate one. Part of that may be because of his impressive resume, and Hammers’ performance against the big boys.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Chelsea – W D W L W W
West Ham United – W L W L W L
CHE vs WHU Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Chelsea vs West Ham United Team News:
Injured – No injury concerns for the hosts.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was forced off in the 3-0 home wi over Brighton and he remains questionable for this match. Also, winger Pedro, left-back Marcos Alonso, and Ethan Ampadu are all carrying knock and will be evaluated before the match.
Note: Sarri has some big decisions to make for this match. Callum Hudson-Odoi impressed in his first Premier League start and deserves another start at Stamford Bridge.
Key Players – Eden Hazard, Willian, Kante
West Ham United:
Injured – West Ham United have had their fair share of injuries and it’s not easing on them. At the moment, five players are expected to miss the match, while a handful of players are carrying the knock as well.
Four players in the shape of Carlos Sanchez, Andriy Yarmolenko, Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere are all out of this match.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Manuel Pellegrini will hope to have Ryan Fredericks, Felipe Anderson, Marko Arnautovic and Sami Nasri for the match. Winston Reid has made progress in his injury rehabilitation, but this game may have come too soon for him.
Note: Chicharito should lead the attack for the visitors, with Manuel Lanzini playing behind him in a No-10 role.
Key Players – Javier Hernandez, Manuel Lanzini
CHE vs WHU Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Chelsea– Arrizabalaga (GK), Alonso, Luiz, Rudiger, Azpilicueta; Loftus-Cheek, Kante, Barkley; Hazard, Higuain, Pedro
West Ham United– Fabianski (GK), Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Zabaleta; Rice; Anderson, Lanzini, Noble, Snodgrass; Arnautovic
CHE vs WHU Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Chelsea have faced West Ham 109 times prior to this meeting, winning 47 times, while Hammers have won 40 matches.
But West Ham are unbeaten in the last three games against their West London rivals with the last match ending in a 0-0 stalemate at London Stadium.
Chelsea are at home and we back them to avoid the defeat here.
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